Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 7:30 pm

04/29/2020 7:30 pm 04/29/2020 America/Los_Angeles Maira Kalman https://lectures.org/event/maira-kalman/ Town Hall Seattle

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The illustrator, author, and designer behind The Principles of Uncertainty, And the Pursuit of Happiness, and many a New Yorker illustration, Maira Kalman’s multi-faceted projects are filled with a sense of wonder, humor, and beauty.

Maira Kalman is the author and illustrator of 13 books for children and young adults, including the YA novel Why We Broke Up, which she created with Daniel Handler and which received the 2012 Printz Honor Award. Her most recent collaboration with Handler is Weather, Weather (2017) an evocative exploration of physical environments from around the world that offers a tender reflection on the passing of seasons, perspective, and memory. Other books for children include Ooh-la-la (Max in Love), What Pete Ate, Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of John Jay Harvey, and Hey Willy, See the Pyramids.

A regular and longtime contributor to The New Yorker magazine (and well known for her collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz on the 2001 cover “New Yorkistan”), Maira Kalman is currently at work on an illustrated column for the magazine based on her travels to museums and libraries. She also collaborated with choreographer John Heginbotham on a ballet inspired by her work The Principles of Uncertainty. In addition to performing in the ballet, she created the costumes, sets, and libretti. The ballet premiered at Jacob’s Pillow in summer 2017 and then moved to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in fall 2017.

Kalman created two monthly online columns for the New York Times: the first, The Principles of Uncertainty, was a narrative journal of her life; the second, And The Pursuit of Happiness, was a yearlong exploration of American history and democracy beginning with a story on the inauguration of Barack Obama. Both columns are now collected in book form. Other projects include Cake, with recipes by Barbara Scott-Goodman, and an illustrated edition of the Strunk and White classic The Elements of Style; she and composer Nico Muhlyl created a song cycle based on the text which was presented at the New York Public Library, Dia, Beacon, and Lincoln Center. Her most recent book is Sara Berman’s Closet, written with her son, Alex Kalman.

Maira Kalman’s design work is equally extensive, broad-reaching, and successful as her literary work. She has designed fabrics and accessories with Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade, Michael Maharam, and for the Target Corporation, as well as ballet sets and costumes for the Mark Morris Dance Company, and mannequins for Ralph Pucci. Under the M&Co label, she designed watches, clocks, umbrellas for the Museum of Modern Art, and her 10.1.4 watch is part of the permanent MoMA collection. Kalman has twice been a finalist for the National Design Awards and has won numerous honors from organizations such as the Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers, and The American Institute for Graphic Arts. A retrospective of her work originated at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and traveled to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York’s Jewish Museum. A catalog titled Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World) was produced for the show.

Maira Kalman’s artwork is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City. She lives in Manhattan where she teaches graduate design at the School of Visual Arts.

Event Details

Town Hall Seattle

1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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Have a question for the speaker?

Want to ask Maira Kalman something? Send your question to SAL’s Associate Director at rahoogs@lectures.org—it might be asked onstage!

Books

Third Place Books will have copies of Kalman’s work available for purchase at their table in the hall.

Patrons & Grand Patrons, you're invited to Happy Hour!

Patrons & Grand Patrons, join us for light bites and wine in the Reading Room at Town Hall from 6:30 to 7:15.

Accessibility

Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing losses, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. To make a request for open captioning, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: for events at Town Hall Seattle, we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure captioning services.

Assisted Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Town Hall Seattle has a hearing loop system, so you can switch your T-coil hearing aid to telecoil to have the stage’s microphones transmitted directly to your hearing aids. To pick up a headset, check in with any Town Hall usher when you arrive.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for ASL interpretation, please contact us at boxoffice@lectures.org or 206.621.2230×10. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at Town Hall Seattle, which is fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Guide and service dogs are also welcome. Town Hall Seattle recommends that visitors use the 8th Avenue Entrance for events in the Great Hall, and elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. The venue has 18 all-gender restrooms, as well as ADA-accessible restrooms on the lobby and Forum level. For more details on accessibility features, click here.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at boxoffice@lectures.org, or Monday-Thursday from 10:00am – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 10:00am – 1:00pm, at 206.621.2230×10.

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