Maira Kalman at The Jewish Museum

March 15, 2011

Illustrator, author, designer and MFA Design Department faculty member Maira Kalman produces new work at a prodigious rate, so it’s somewhat surprising that “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)” at The Jewish Museum is her first museum survey exhibition. According to Ingrid Schaffner, senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, “This exhibition features a selection of original works on paper that span 30 years of illustration for publication. Also on view are less widely seen works in photography, embroidery, textiles, and performance. As a context for this survey, Kalman has created a special installation by furnishing the gallery with chairs, ladders, and ‘many tables of many things’—drawn from her collections.”

“Various Illuminations” is on view at The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, through Saturday,  July 31.

Image: Maira Kalman, Self-Portrait (with Pete), 2004 – 5, gouache on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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