November 23, 2017

Closet as Shrine

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While you’re at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, go see the intimate and ephemeral installation, Sara Berman’s Closet (closing on November 26.) A real closet with real artifacts of the late mother of artist/illustrator icon, Maira Kalman. There is a small wooden bench you can use to sit and reflect, a few feet away. To behold the contents and order of the closet is to contemplate—in more modern terms—the contents of its neighbors at the Museum, royal Egyptians’ sarcophagi.

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I wish this carefully curated and arranged display were made permanent; I would visit it often.

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There is something so sacred and resonant about it.  Once Sara Berman’s Closet leaves the Met, it will be traveling, so stay tuned . . .

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