Sara ironed everything, including her socks. From the exhibition, Sara Berman’s Closet. Courtesy of the artists, Maira Kalman & Alex Kalman.
Sara ironed everything, including her socks.
From the exhibition, Sara Berman’s Closet.

Courtesy of the artists, Maira Kalman & Alex Kalman.

Sara Berman’s Closet

February 5 - May 7, 2023

Claire B. Rusen Gallery

Sara Berman’s Closet is a rumination on the essential meaning of life. A recreation of a humble closet. A visual essay on the search we all engage in. For beauty, order and meaning.
Sara Berman (1920-2004), was a refugee who fled pogroms in Belarus for Palestine. Many things happened. At 60, she packed a suitcase, left her husband, and moved to a studio apartment in New York City. She only wore white. She loved Fred Astaire and The Museum of Modern Art. After Berman’s death in 2004, Maira and Alex Kalman (her daughter and grandson), preserved the contents of her Greenwich Village closet, which they considered a work of modern art, with its spectrum of white-hued clothing and linens that were meticulously ironed and folded. The faithfully presented archive of Sara Berman’s Closet, along with Dream Shack from Belarus, 10 original paintings and a series of vignettes, serves not only to demonstrate the care Berman took in organizing her personal belongings, but also the freedom she experienced in crafting her own private yet magnificent life. Something every one of us should be able to do. Well, maybe not. Well, why not?
Sara Berman’s Closet was originally organized by Mmuseumm in NYC, before starting its tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since then, the humble installation has become an international sensation and a book of the same name.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, with generous support from: 

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Shari and John Hicks

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