Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/51668995/

Maira Kalman Selects

Welcome. This room contains objects I chose from Cooper Hewitt's collection and several I borrowed from the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, along with a few of my own sprinkled in. What is this room about? Very loosely, it is about life and death. But isn’t everything? It is about falling in love with a group of objects. About the ephemera of history with bits of information about how people lived. It is a room that recognizes that many of the most important memories in your life will be populated by the most seemingly unimportant objects. A chair. A bowl. It is about the preciousness of time. Elusive. Fragile. The unpredictability of it all. The comfort derived within the unpredictability. The joy derived from comfort. These objects are brave and beautiful. They have survived and are here to tell you something. What should you do here? If you are plagued with doubts or troubles, or are in need of a respite, just sit there and stare into space and listen to the silence. That is more than enough. Or maybe someone will come into the room and sing a song about a spoon. Any songs you hear, about spoons or otherwise, are composed by the brilliant Nico Muhly. You never know. This was, in fact, once the music room in the mansion, when people lived here and had arguments in the kitchen (perhaps about overcooked peas). If you are curious, have a look at the objects. To wander about in a room in a museum is to have the fluttery feeling of discovery and potential. A quickening of the pulse. That is a great feeling. Excitement! Inspiration! But my advice is not to think too much. Unless it pleases you. And a walk in Central Park might be the perfect finale to a day in a museum. —Maira Kalman Maira Kalman Selects is made possible by the Marks Family Foundation Endowment Fund.

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18132561/

  • wool
  • circles
  • illusionistic
  • domestic interiors
  • identity
  • jewels
  • portrait
  • clothing
  • Coptic art
  • faces

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18155285/

  • cast and gilt bronze
  • Gift of Mrs. George B. McClellan
  • decoration
  • interior decoration
  • figures
  • men
  • furniture
  • neoclassical
  • antiquity
  • classical
  • adornment
  • protection

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18169581/

  • Manufactured by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
  • molded porcelain (bisque)
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Alexander
  • decoration
  • ceramics
  • figures
  • display
  • women's clothing
  • asymmetry
  • women
  • dance
  • sculpture
  • rhythm
  • movement
  • dancers
  • figural

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18188419/

  • silk
  • Gift of Mrs. William P. Treadwell
  • women's fashion accessories
  • women's clothing
  • feet
  • clothing
  • pair
  • warmth
  • fashion
  • footwear
  • plain
  • knitting
  • legs

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18349933/

  • Manufactured by Wedgwood
  • glazed earthenware
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt
  • men
  • dining
  • drinking
  • tableware
  • foliate
  • cleaning
  • crest

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18382633/

  • untwisted silk, gilded parchment; z-spun linen lining
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor
  • metallic
  • men's clothing
  • headcovering
  • interlaced
  • diamonds
  • burial
  • lattice

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18400759/

  • Designed by Jan van de Velde I
  • engraving on laid paper
  • instruction
  • decoration
  • domestic
  • communication
  • curves
  • eagles
  • birds
  • scrolls
  • decorative
  • print collectors
  • embellishment
  • upper middle-class
  • script
  • curving line
  • writing
  • typography
  • calligraphy
  • correspondence
  • chickens
  • handwriting
  • self-learning

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18407045/

  • glazed earthenware
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan
  • decoration
  • ceramics
  • container
  • arches
  • animals
  • birds
  • scrolls
  • writing
  • line

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18424121/

  • mouth-blown crystal ("muslin glass")
  • tableware
  • glass
  • crystal
  • commission
  • dish

Following her visit to the 1925 Paris Exposition, Agnes Miles Carpenter ordered a group of Lobmeyr’s Ambassador glassware, presumably for use on the Jules Bouy–designed dining room furniture seen in drawings nearby. Designed by Oswald Haerdtl, the pieces helped define the era’s interest in sphere and cone forms. An American’s commission of an Austrian designer and company, shown in Paris, underscores not only the nexus of creative activity in Vienna’s cross-media design collaborations but also the exposure Paris gave them.

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18425209/

  • molded and engraved sheet silver
  • Gift of Thomas S. Tibbs
  • dining
  • silver
  • engraving
  • monogram
  • eating
  • food

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18434539/

  • label: leather sole and upper, linen lining, silk bows
  • Gift of Mrs. Robert P. Brown
  • women's fashion accessories
  • women
  • dance
  • bows
  • pair
  • leather
  • footwear
  • external protection

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18435481/

  • silk, linen lining
  • Gift of International Business Machines Corp.
  • royal court
  • men's clothing
  • brightly colored
  • buttons
  • fashion
  • gathered

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18443489/

  • pen and ink, brush and watercolor over engraving on vellum, bound in velvet-covered boards with imperial seal in brass case
  • personal
  • metallic
  • upper class
  • ribbons
  • documentation
  • calligraphy
  • velvet

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18464423/

  • Designed by Jean-Michel Frank
  • rolled parchment, velvet (edging)
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Forsythe Sherfesee
  • circular
  • lighting
  • domestic interiors
  • utility
  • simple
  • plain

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18473941/

  • painted earthenware
  • Gift of Ruth Vollmer
  • decoration
  • ceramics
  • container
  • curved
  • simple
  • geometric
  • line

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18473943/

  • glossy black and dark gray biscuit control-fired earthenware
  • Gift of Ruth Vollmer
  • interior
  • decoration
  • ceramics
  • container
  • curving form
  • domestic
  • dining
  • classical
  • drinking
  • loops
  • simple
  • smooth
  • handle
  • revolve
  • earthenware

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18482639/

  • silk embroidery on silk foundation
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor from the Fraser/Martin Collection
  • urns
  • girls
  • education
  • mourning
  • tombs
  • weeping willow
  • mourner

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18491031/

  • pen and black ink on laid paper
  • Gift of Thomas Strahan Company
  • instruction
  • repetition
  • script
  • calligraphy
  • handwriting
  • penmanship

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18562641/

  • Designed by Josef Hoffmann
  • mold-blown muslin glass
  • Gift of Elisha Dyer
  • curving form
  • display
  • dining
  • drinking
  • tableware
  • simple
  • bells
  • glass
  • form
  • transparent

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18563983/

  • linen and silk embroidery, linen foundation
  • Bequest of Mrs. Henry E. Coe
  • instruction
  • wreaths
  • hearts
  • girls
  • education
  • arrows
  • rebus
  • keys

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18565397/

  • Manufactured by Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory
  • molded soft-paste porcelain with overglaze enameling and gilding
  • dining
  • floral
  • coffee/tea drinking
  • drinking
  • gilt
  • curved
  • revolve

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18565721/

  • linen
  • Gift of Mrs. Gino Speranza
  • instruction
  • numbers
  • demonstration
  • home sewing
  • stitched
  • needles

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18623029/

  • mold-blown glass
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment
  • interior
  • domestic
  • streamlined
  • rounded
  • dining
  • coffee/tea drinking
  • drinking
  • simple
  • globular
  • serve
  • glass
  • sleek
  • transparent

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18632933/

  • molded, enameled, and gilt porcelain
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase through the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program Funds
  • decoration
  • ceramics
  • figures
  • display
  • enamel
  • gilt
  • women
  • costume
  • sculpture
  • Soviet
  • fairy tales

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18632937/

  • Designed by Dmitry Iosifovich (Ivanovich) Ivanov
  • Manufactured by Lomonosov Porcelain Factory
  • molded, enameled porcelain
  • The Henry and Ludmilla Shapiro Collection; Partial gift and partial purchase through the Decorative Arts Association Acquisition and Smithsonian Collections Acquisition Program Funds
  • collectors
  • decoration
  • interior decoration
  • ceramics
  • figures
  • display
  • enamel
  • gilt
  • music
  • costume
  • sculpture
  • art deco
  • Soviet
  • dancers
  • fairy tales

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18643141/

  • bent steel wire
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund
  • women's fashion accessories
  • personal adornment
  • adornment
  • wire
  • squares
  • metal
  • accessories
  • jewelry
  • bracelets
  • spirals
  • fashion accessory
  • bent
  • steel

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18648931/

  • Designed by Gerrit Rietveld
  • joined and painted elm
  • Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund
  • furniture
  • seating
  • affordable
  • zigzags
  • balance
  • De Stijl
  • chair
  • extrude

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18677723/

  • Designed by Alexander Hayden Girard
  • Manufactured by American Art Textile Printing Company, Inc.
  • wool warp, cotton weft
  • flowers
  • domestic interiors
  • curtain
  • squares
  • sales
  • checkerboard
  • sample

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18695487/

  • Designed by Angelo Testa
  • linen
  • Gift of Nicholas A. Pappas, FAIA
  • domestic interiors
  • repetition
  • offices
  • curtain
  • concentric
  • geometric
  • grid
  • cross-disciplinary

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18714655/

  • Designed by Ingo Maurer
  • Manufactured by Ingo Maurer GmbH
  • mold-blown glass, chrome-plated metal, incandescent bulb
  • Gift of Ingo Maurer
  • interior decoration
  • metallic
  • lighting
  • grooved
  • electricity
  • light
  • rounded
  • domestic interiors
  • cylinder
  • decorative
  • metal
  • glass
  • bulbous
  • transparent
  • lightbulb
  • revolve

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18730001/

  • cotton
  • Gift of Paul F. Walter
  • stripes
  • royalty
  • commemorative
  • black and white
  • portrait
  • mourning
  • Queen Victoria
  • souvenirs

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/35460769/

  • printed paper
  • Gift of Kent C. Boese, PR4611 .A7 1899; Courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, DC
  • entertainment
  • children
  • fantasy
  • imaginary
  • reading
  • rabbits

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/35460771/

  • printed paper
  • PR6025 . I65W5 1926; Courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, DC
  • entertainment
  • children
  • animals
  • imaginary
  • reading
  • poetry

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/35460785/

  • printed paper
  • Gift of Mr. Lea S. Luquer, PE1119.A1 G66 1835; Courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, DC
  • instruction
  • children
  • numbers
  • letters
  • school
  • interactive
  • etiquette

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51589185/

  • wool
  • Purchased at auction from the Toscanini Estate; Courtesy of Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51589187/

  • rubber sole and leather upper
  • Purchased at a thrift store not far from Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, England; Courtesy of Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51589293/

  • wood
  • Purchased in a ladder shop, New York City, Courtesy of Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51681713/

  • gold pocket watch
  • Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Maira Kalman Selects

https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/51681719/

  • black silk cloth
  • Division of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution