Maira Kalman + Alex Kalman | Minimalism Is Good Karma
Where: Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St.
212-620-5000 Price: Tickets $30; Book + Ticket $55
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One night, in the late 1960s, long before the concept of a “carbon footprint,” Maira Kalman’s mother substantially reduced hers.
At age 60, after 38 years of marriage and two children, Sara Kalman left her husband in Tel Aviv, flew to New York City, and settled in a tiny Greenwich Village studio apartment with only a suitcase in her possession. Her commitment to simplicity and clarity extended to her wardrobe: One Friday morning, she decided she would only wear white. This “burst of personal expression” became an opportunity to create order out of chaos and live as her authentic self. In her single closet she kept her carefully curated wardrobe starched, ironed, and neatly folded. It is now a travelling exhibition and a lesson in returning to simplicity.
Sara’s daughter Maira Kalman and grandson Alex Kalman have kept her minimalist aesthetic alive through their own art and design projects. They take the Rubin stage to discuss the impact of Sara’s life on their own work and how a pared-down lifestyle might favorably affect our environment.
This program will be followed by a book signing featuring Sara Berman’s Closet by Maira and Alex Kalman.Buy tickets/get more info now