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Former New Yorker art editor to speak in Westport

Published 6:11 am, Monday, June 16, 2014
  • Lee Lorenz, a former editor of the New Yorker magazine, will be speaking at the Westprot Historical Society on June 21. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News
    Lee Lorenz, a former editor of the New Yorker magazine, will be speaking at the Westprot Historical Society on June 21. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The Westport Historical Society will host Lee Lorenz, a former art editor of the New Yorker magazine, on Saturday, June 21. Lorenz will offer his perspective on the historical society's current exhibit "Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport," and reminisce about some of the Westport artists who worked at the magazine.

As art editor from 1973 to 1993, Lorenz supervised the selection of cover illustrations and worked with many of the artists whose pieces are featured in the exhibit. Between 1925 and 1989, 17 New Yorker artists living in and around Westport-Weston produced 767 covers, with many of them depicting Westport scenes.

Lorenz, who joined the New Yorker in 1958 as a contract cartoonist, also lived in Westport for a time. Now in his early 80s, he continues to contribute cartoons to the magazine.

The conversation with Lorenz begins at 4 p.m. and will be hosted by New Yorker cartoonist Michael Maslin.

Admission to the event at the historical society, 25 Avery Place, is $10, and reservations are recommended by calling 203-222-1424. Visit www.westporthistory.org for more information.