Somehow this exhibit has slipped under my radar for almost an entire month. Luckily it runs through October 26 and there is still plenty of time to see it:
Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) is the first museum survey of Maira Kalman’s narrative art. Working as an illustrator, author, and designer, Kalman illuminates contemporary life with a profound sense of joy and a unique sense of humor. Kalman’s art appears everywhere in the foreground of today’s visual culture. She is well known for her covers and drawings for The New Yorker, over a dozen books for children and adults, two celebrated illustrated blogs for The New York Times, and collaborations with leading designers and innovators.
The 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, furnishing the gallery with chairs, ladders, and “many tables of many things,” drawn from her collections and indicative of how she sees the world both inside and outside the studio.
Following her stint in San Francisco, this exhibit will travel next to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles (November 16, 2010 - February 13, 2011) and then to The Jewish Museum in New York (March 11 - July 31, 2011).