The paintings in Maira Kalman’s new book, My Favorite Things, juxtapose touchstones from her personal history with holdings from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, as well as other Smithsonian collections. The disparate elements, she says, are bound together by sheer pluck: “These objects might be on a sidewalk or in a museum, but all seem to be equally brave to survive—which is how I also feel about people.” Kalman curated more than 50 of the items for an exhibition that will accompany the Cooper Hewitt’s grand reopening on December 12 after extensive renovations.
From Maira Kalman, the author of the bestsellers The Principles of Uncertainty and The Elements of Style, comes this beautiful pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artifacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.
Maira Kalman is an American author and artist has published more than 20 books, including her latest works My Favorite Things and Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag. She has also created two monthly online columns for the New York Times and has had numerous museum exhibitions, including the upcoming “Maira Kalman Selects” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.