An Evening with Maira and Alex Kalman

May 25, 2019 | Events

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Elk River Arts & Lectures will kick off its inaugural Visiting Writers program by hosting internationally acclaimed artists and authors Maira and Alex Kalman for a week-long visit that will include a public lecture at the Livingston Elks Club on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.

Maira Kalman, who was born in Tel Aviv and lives in New York City, has written and illustrated twenty-eight adult and children’s books, and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. She has participated in a range of high-profile collaborations including Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual with Michael Pollan, and 13 Words with Lemony Snicket. She has illustrated Strunk and White’s classic Elements of Style, and is the co-creator, with John Heginbotham, of a ballet based on her book, The Principles of Uncertainty. Her work has been exhibited all over the world, including at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Nashville’s Frist Center for the Arts, and many others.

Her latest book is a stunning and engaging visual memoir produced in collaboration with her son, artist and designer Alex Kalman (a partnership that was featured in The Cut). Sara Berman’s Closet is a tribute to her mother—Alex’s grandmother—that “is filled with the Kalmans’ family photographs and correspondence, Maira Kalman’s iconic paintings, and a handwritten text that relates the story of a remarkable woman while celebrating her individuality, resilience, and self-rediscovery.”

Alex Kalman is a creative director, curator, and inventor who owns What Studio?, a New York-based gallery devoted to “curiosity, humanism, humor, optimism, and originality.” His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. He’s also the founder of Mmuseumm, a traveling installation that displays illuminating objects from around the world in very small spaces, including an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. He recently recreated Sara Berman’s closet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In addition to their public lecture, the Kalmans will work with Livingston school children during their week in Park County.

To make the Elks lecture accessible to everyone, we are only asking for a minimum donation of $5 at the door, although we hope you’ll want to give generously to support more events like this one. Advance tickets are now available at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St.

This event is co-sponsored with support from Humanities Montana and the Park County Community Foundation.

Elk River Arts & Lectures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing great writers, artists and lecturers to Livingston, Montana. We seek to provide educational, entertaining, and edifying opportunities for the people of southwest Montana in the form of readings, lectures, discussions, and workshops presented by national and regional authors and other artists.