Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)—Video

July 1–October 26, 2010

Artist Talk | Maira Kalman

Following an introduction by Ingrid Schaffner, the Senior Curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Maira Kalman discusses her life, work, and exhibition with the same unique sense of humor that shapes her artistic world.

This program took place at the Museum on July 1, 2010, in conjunction with the exhibition.

Elements of Style

A film about The Elements of Style.

Alex Kalman/Red Bucket Films, 2006

Elements of Style at Dia Beacon

Kalman, Isaac Mizrahi, and friends perform composer Nico Muhly's musical adaptation ofThe Elements of Style

Alex Kalman/Red Bucket Films, 2008

Robin Hood and Maira Kalman: Library Installation

Kalman partnered with Robin Hood's L!brary Initiative to create an alphabet installation at PS 47. Her son, Alex documented the process and the inspiration behind her work.

Alex Kalman/Red Bucket Films, 2009

The Illustrated Woman: Maira Kalman

In front of a live audience at a March, 2007 TED conference, Maira Kalman talks about her life and works.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization best known for their annual multidisciplinary conference. Each year, the world’s most influential and inspirational people are invited to give “the talk of their lives.”

Pete Listens Patiently As Maira Plays the Accordion

Alex Kalman/Red Bucket Films, 2000


Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. The exhibition is curated by Ingrid Schaffner, ICA Senior Curator.

The San Francisco presentation is made possible by the lead support of Osterweis Capital Management. Additional support is generously provided by Barbara and Howard Wollner.


Koret and Taube Foundations are the lead supporters of the 2010/11 exhibition season.

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ICA gratefully acknowledges Leonard and Louise Riggio and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. for generous support of this exhibition, and Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson for their sponsorship of the catalogue. Additional support has been provided by Mari & Peter Shaw; Carol T. & John G. Finley; BZ & Michael Schwartz; Erica & Eric Schwartz; Anthropologie, Inc.; Barbara & Richard S. Lane Fund; Howard A. Silverstein & Patricia B. Silverstein Exhibition Endowment Fund; Joan & Hyman Sall; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Commonwealth Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; The Chodorow Exhibition Initiative Fund for supporting the tour; and in-kind support from the Julie Saul Gallery.


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