Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
Skirball Cultural Center presents major museum survey MAIRA KALMAN: VARIOUS ILLUMINATIONS (OF A CRAZY WORLD), featuring original works by much-beloved author, illustrator (November 17, 2010-February 13, 2011)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2010
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MAIRA KALMAN: VARIOUS ILLUMINATIONS (OF A CRAZY WORLD)
November 17, 2010–February 13, 2011
LOS ANGELES—The Skirball Cultural Center presents the first major museum survey of the work of illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman (b. 1949 Tel Aviv), known for her whimsical yet probing imagery. On view from November 17, 2010 through February 13, 2011, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) features original works on paper that span thirty years, along with less widely seen works in photography, design, embroidery, textiles, and performance.
Many of Kalman's best-known works are on display in the exhibition, including iconic covers she has created for The New Yorker magazine; Stay Up Late, Ooh-la-la (Max in Love), and other children's books; drawings from her critically hailed illustrated edition of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, the classic writer's reference manual; and artwork from her illustrated online columns for The New York Times, "The Principles of Uncertainty" and "And the Pursuit of Happiness." To provide context for this survey, Kalman has created a special installation, furnishing the gallery with chairs, ladders, and "many tables of many things" drawn from her collections, such as fezzes, bobby pins, balls of string, handwritten lists, and moss. Expressive of Kalman's habits as a collector, traveler, reader, and avid walker, this unique environment is indicative of how she sees the world, both inside and outside of her studio.