October 4, 2019 - January 4, 2020
Charles Addams was a prolific artist who embraced and chronicled New York for over fifty years through his impressions of urban life, often referencing concerns and conceits expressed by the citizenry. Of the 2500 illustrations Addams made in his career, only 150 were of the iconic Addams Family. Strolling through the galleries, you will not only meet members of the family, but also an assortment of New Yorkers reflective of what made the city so captivating to Addams. An essential aspect of Addams work is the parody of domestic life, the nonchalant way his characters exist with all proper behavior, but possibly with some very ghoulish results. Charles Addams was a regular contributor to The New Yorker, but his fame grew further when the Addams Family series was adapted to television in 1964.