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Exhibition: Sara Berman’s Closet

January 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until March 10, 2019

$7 – $12

About the Exhibition

Take a look inside Sara Berman’s Closet—a one-of-a-kind exhibition by artists Maira Kalman (b. 1949) and Alex Kalman (b. 1985) inspired by the life of Maira’s mother and Alex’s grandmother, Sara Berman (1920–2004).

At the age of sixty, Berman relocated to New York from Tel Aviv after ending a thirty-eight-year marriage. One morning, in another self-expressive burst of independence, Berman decided to wear only white. With militaristic precision and loving care, Berman kept her minimal belongings in perfect order, starching, ironing, folding, and stacking her clothes—even her socks—within a humble closet in her small studio apartment in Greenwich Village. Berman’s closet and its monochromatic contents became emblematic of her liberation: she had edited everything to the essential and in this editing found happiness.

When Berman died in 2004, her family saved the contents of her closet. Ten years later, Maira and Alex recreated the closet in an alleyway in lower Manhattan for Mmuseumm. In 2016, Sara Berman’s Closet was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Skirball, the installation will be complemented by twelve new paintings by Maira that depict pivotal scenes from her mother’s life—from childhood to marriage to her new life in New York. Don’t miss the LA engagement of this intimate exploration of identity, feminism, family, and memory.

Exhibition Date: December 4, 2018 – March 10, 2019

Tuesday–Friday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and holidays

Last entry to other Museum galleries is at 4:30 p.m.


  • $12 General
  • $9 Seniors (65 and up), Full-Time Students with ID, and Children over 12
  • $7 Children 2–12

FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2
FREE to all on Thursdays


January 16, 2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$7 – $12
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