Maira Kalman shares her creative process, influences, personal history, and infectious outlook on life.
Award-winning artist and illustrator Maira Kalman speaks at the Museum of Modern Art on some of her work and experiences.
About the speaker
Maira Kalman is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and product designer. She has illustrated numerous covers for The New Yorker magazine and has written and illustrated more than a dozen children’s books. Her articles and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Interview, and many other publications. Kalman has designed products for the Museum of Modern Art under the M&Co. label, fabric for Isaac Mizrahi, accessories for Kate Spade, and sets for Mark Morris Dance Group. A teacher of graduate design at the School of Visual Arts, she lives in New York with her two children and a dog.
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There's always resurrection after tragedy. — Maira Kalman
There's a sort of freedom to do whatever it is I want to do, which I guess is the definition of being an artist. — Maira Kalman
I must tell you, my dreams have been disturbing, but I am still able to see and feel beauty everywhere. Dread and delight at the same time. That is the truth about being alive. — Maira Kalman
When I walk, I have an empty, happy brain and I see things. — Maira Kalman
You may ask yourself what is the point, and I don't think there is a point, so why not do something and have a good time. — Maira Kalman