Author Talk

Sara Berman's Closet


Wednesday, November 7, 2018
10:30 am – 12 pm
Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum

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Join collection artist Maira Kalman and her son, designer and director Alex Kalman, for an intimate breakfast reading and conversation about their new book, Sara Berman’s Closet, a dazzling illustrated family memoir inspired by the exhibition of the same name that first opened at Mmuseumm, traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017, and will move to the Skirball Center in Los Angeles this fall. Additional titles will also be available for purchase and signing after the event. 

About Sara Berman's Closet
The book explores the life and objects belonging to Kalman’s mother, Sara Berman, a Jewish émigré who at the age of sixty left her home in Israel and returned to Greenwich Village to live in a small, meticulous apartment where she simplified her life and decided to wear only white apparel. This “burst of personal expression” became something transcendent, an opportunity to create order out of chaos and to live authentically. In the titular closet, she kept her carefully curated wardrobe starched, ironed, and neatly folded, and when Berman died in 2004, her family vowed to preserve the singular work of art, hoping to one day share its contents and significance with others.

Tickets: $85 General; $76 Jewish Museum Members
Capacity is limited and advance ticket purchase is required
Tickets include a sit-down breakfast at Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum and a copy of Sara Berman’s Closet.

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Russ & Daughters at the Jewish Museum with In This Life, There Was Very Much by Maira Kalman, 2015. Assemblage of vignettes and small scenes reflecting the artist’s appreciation of good food, shared human pleasure, and her view that Russ & Daughters represents a New York City infused with a sense of character, yearning, and humor. Commissioned by the Jewish Museum. Photo courtesy of Russ & Daughters.

Photo by: Judith Richland

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