Hennessy is a spirits brand that’s older than the United States. Founded in 1765 by Richard Hennessy, an officer who fought in the Irish Brigade for King Louis XV of France, the company is celebrating its 250 anniversary. To highlight its lasting legacy and continued commitment to creativity, the world famous makers of Cognac brandy opened a traveling exhibit that just landed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
Billed the “Hennessy 250 Tour,” it’s comprised of work from some leading contemporary artists and lots of interesting, old timey documents curated from the massive archives detailing the brand’s storied heritage. In one display case, sits a letter dated 1917 from an advisor in New York warning that it will soon be illegal to ship Hennessy to the United States because of Prohibition.
The work was chosen by renowned curator Hervé Mikaeloff and Hennessy’s Heritage Director Gérard Raphael. It includes photography, drawings, installation, and performance art by the likes of Daniel Arsham, Jonah Bokaer, Anton Corbijn, Constance Guisset, Olga Kisseleva, Tony Oursler, Lauren Pernot, Charles Sandison, Dino Seshee Bopape, Pierrick Sorin, Xavier Veilhan and Yang Yongliang.
“Ever since Richard Hennessy founded the Maison in 1765, and throughout the seven generations that followed, Hennessy has forged its reputation by always looking forward, by being engaged with and passionate about the avant-garde, by cultivating deep ties with faraway countries and cultures and by thinking globally before that notion was invented,” said Bernard Peillon, chairman and CEO of the Maison Hennessy.
Click through the gallery of images to see some of the art, or better yet, if you’re in New York City, go in person. Tickets are FREE and although reserved timeslots are all booked, the exhibit is open to the public today from 12pm-7pm on Friday.
“Hennessy 250 Tour,” Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts , 141 West 65th Street