Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) is the first major museum survey of works by illustrator, author and designer Maira Kalman. It features a selection of her photography, embroidery, textiles and works on paper, and it’s on view for two more weeks at the Institute of Contemporary Art.
Kalman recently stopped by the ICA to discuss her sources of inspiration, her thoughts on thinking vs. feeling, her playful paintings for the English-major classic Elements of Style, and lots more. It’s not often you can hear an artist discuss her work in the very same gallery in which it appears, and it’s not often that artist has Kalman’s sense of humor. To make sure even faraway friends had the opportunity to listen in on the conversation, the ICA has posted videos of the lecture here. (You’ll have to scroll down a bit to find them.)
Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) is on view at the ICA through June 6. After that, it will travel to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco (July 1-October 26, 2010); Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles (November 16, 2010-February 13, 2011); and The Jewish Museum in New York (March 11-July 31, 2011).