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Society of Illustrators, New York City
(4.8/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
On February 1, 1901 a group of nine artists and one advising businessman founded the Society, and by 1939 the Society had moved to its current headquarters in an 1875 carriage house located at 128 East 63rd Street. In 1981 the Museum of American Illustration was established which now features the art of such legendary artists as Rockwell, Pyle, Wyeth, Kent, Peak, Fuchs and Holland, as well as contemporary artists. In 2012 the Society received the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and created the MoCCA gallery in the second floor. Since then the Society has exhibited works by legendary artists Arnold Roth, Bill Griffith, and Harvey Kurtzman. The Society is also proud to now host the annual MoCCA Arts Festival.
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  • A tall building with the cafe at the top. Pleasant staff, good food and an outside eating area only marred by the ever-present noise of adjoining air conditioners. When we visited the whole building w...  more »
  • A delicious surprise! To enter this picturesque Gallery illustration, you climb up to the top floor of the House and is a charming restaurant! Uncomplicated menu and very tasty! O Hamburger wonderful eh! Worth the visit!
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  • I have been enjoying the work of Ralph Steadman since seeing his drawings in Private Eye Magazine back in the early 1960's. Much to my joy some of the original art from those days is on display here. ...  more »
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  • This is a tiny multi-level museum dedicated to the art of illustration. They run themed exhibits, sketch nights, contests and a number of other fun events. I visited recently for the Ralph Steadman retrospective, which was amazing. The exhibit was spread out on all 4 levels, which was a little difficult to navigate when foot traffic was high, but definitely worth it. The top level includes a great, sunny cafe, though they included some pieces of the exhibit there so diners had to deal with a lot of lookie-loos passing through. It's a hidden gem in the heart of the city and a unique thing to do for locals and visitors alike!
  • An excellent stop - probably qualifies as an NYC gem! The exhibition when we were there (summer 2016) was of work by female illustrators, with lots of quality work on exhibit. Definitely will go again when next in NYC.
  • Sketch nights are very well put together, with calming yet energizing live music.
  • cozy club/townhouse that mixes gallery and event space with a cool restaurant and bar area. worth popping in if you are around. a hidden gem.
  • A stop at this small, well-curated museum is a pleasant and thought-provoking way to pass an hour or two. I was there recently on a Saturday afternoon, and was one of only a few people visiting--unheard of at the mostly crowded museums in the city.