The exhibition, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) opens today at the Skirball Cultural Center. As any fan of hers would hope, there is is a large assortment of paintings from her beloved children's books, as well as her journalistic work from the New Yorker and the New York Times. As an added delight, there are also objects she has collected and repurposed that reflect her appreciation for the overlooked and absurd.
At the informal and sold-out lecture last night, on every seat, there was a sheet of paper which listed the names in Part 1 of Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot, and also a Snickers candy bar. Sweetness/sadness, frivolity/serious study, a delicate and necessary balance.