Sara Berman’s Closet

Celebrated artist Maira Kalman and curator Alex Kalman, daughter and grandson of Sara, re-created her meticulous and quirky closet as homage to the stories everyday belongings hold. Blending art, history, and memory, they explore Sara’s journey from Belarus to Tel Aviv to New York through original paintings, text, and ephemera. Now the Kalmans, who have been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in The New Yorker, created an outdoor installation of Sara’s closet across from Independence Mall in Philadelphia, putting Sara’s story on par with the surrounding monuments. (Lilith readers know the closet from the Fall 2018 issue.) At the National Museum of American Jewish History until September 1, 2019.