Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things

This beautiful short film follows one of my all-time favorite visual storytellers, Maira Kalman, as she curates her exhibition “Selects.” The reopening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum features this collection—an exploration of life, love, joy and loss.

The film traces the story behind one of the exhibition’s highlights: Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, restored to tick again for the first time in 150 years. It’s an extraordinary opportunity, Maira observes, to “connect us to history, dreaming and the future.”

Beautifully executed by Gael Towey! Don’t miss the other videos in her series Portraits in Creativity.

7 Comments leave a comment below

  1. This is so wonderful. Maira has been an inspiration to me in so many ways, but hearing her thought process behind this exhibition has made me appreciate her so much more. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Breathtaking! Ms. Kalman is our bridge between the ordinary and the divine.

  3. This is a beautiful testament to thoughtfulness.

  4. Looooooooove Maira Kalman! Thank you!

  5. really sensational women

  6. Oh so so wonderful, thank you so much Swiss Miss for posting this!

  7. A most excellent film.