Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators

128 East 63 Street, New York, NY 10065 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 11:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m. (EST)





The Society’s mission is to promote the art of illustration, comic and cartoon art, and to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education.

Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is the oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of illustration in America. Notable Society members have been N.C. Wyeth, Rube Goldberg, and Norman Rockwell, among many others.


Join the Society of Illustrators in paying tribute to the artists behind the Dark Knight with three exhibitions at the Museum of Illustration, on display from June 12 through October 12, 2019.

The iconic character of Batman, created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, debuted eighty years ago in the pages of Detective Comics #27. That same year, in 1939, the Society of Illustrators moved into its permanent home at 128 East 63rd Street in New York City, the address it still occupies today. In honor of the eightieth anniversary of both of these achievements, the Society will have Batman-related exhibitions in all three galleries, showcasing more than 250 original illustrations.

Illustrating Batman: Eighty Years of Batman Illustrators
Located in Society’s main gallery
This exhibit will present original artwork from more than fifty of the most accomplished and recognizable artists to work on Batman including Bob Kane, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Brian Bolland, Paul Pope, Mike Mignola, Jerry Robinson, Dick Sprang, Lew Sayre Schwartz, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Sheldon Moldoff, Jim Aparo, and many others. Additionally, the Society will exhibit collectibles, toys and advertising on loan from several long-time Batman collectors.

Batman Collected: Chip Kidd’s Batman Obsession
Located in The Hall of Fame gallery
Features Chip Kidd, one of the world’s most acclaimed graphic designers, shares highlights from his personal collection of Batman original art and rare ephemera. Significant Batman originals by Alex Ross, Frank Miller, David Mazzucchelli, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Charles Burns, Bruce Timm and Tony Millionaire will be on exhibit, among many others.

The exhibition Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan
Displayed in the second floor comics gallery, will feature original artwork from the classic 1960s Batman manga series by Japanese illustrator Jiro Kuwata, popularized in the book of the same name by Chip Kidd. More than fifty largely unseen or exhibited pieces from this book will be on display.

These exhibitions have been curated for the Society of Illustrators by Rob Pistella (curator, The Art of Spider-Man) and John Lind (curator, Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration).

To learn more about these exhibits, please visit the Society of Illustrators website at

BATMAN © copyright and trademark DC Entertainment. Images used for scholarly purposes.


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