ARTS & CULTURE
02/04/2011 10:39 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Spotlight: Maira Kalman's Whimsical Drawings At Skirball Center

WHO: Maira Kalman

WHAT: Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (Of a Crazy World)

WHEN: On view now through February 13, 2011. Coming soon to the Jewish Museum in New York (March 11 - July 31, 2011)

WHERE: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, USA

WHY:

View more than 100 original works by celebrated illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman (b. 1949 Tel Aviv) in this first major museum survey of her whimsical yet probing art. Renowned for the many iconic covers and drawings she has created for The New Yorker, more than a dozen books for children and adults, and her popular illustrated columns for The New York Times online, Kalman renders her singular vision of the world from a deeply personal viewpoint, illuminating contemporary life with a profound sense of joy, spontaneity, and humor. The exhibition includes a selection of original works on paper spanning thirty years of illustration, as well as less widely known photography, embroidery, textiles, and video footage of performance art by Kalman. To provide context for this array of work, Kalman has created a special installation, furnishing the gallery with chairs, ladders, and "many tables of many things" drawn from her own collections.

(From: Skirball Cultural Center)