All Design All the Time

Cooper Hewitt Profiles Designer Maira Kalman

Feb 2 2015 - 9:01am

The only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design will host the world premiere of the new film, Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things, by Gael Towey. The short film debuts at 6:30 pm on Feb. 12 at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum on 2 East 91st Street in New York City.

It profiles renowned visual storyteller, author, artist and designer Maira Kalman as she curates Maira Kalman Selects, on exhibit through June 14, 2015.

And on a date that marks Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the film recalls the story of the president’s gold pocket watch—one of the highlights of Kalman’s exhibition that briefly was brought back to life after 150 years.

Other items in the exhibit include:

  • stockings, shoes, a hat, a teapot, samplers and porcelain figures of ballet dancers;
  • vintage editions of Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh;
  • the Gerrit Rietfeld Zig Zag chair (ca. 1934) and handkerchief memorializing Queen Victoria;

After the film screening, Towey and Kalman will join an inspiring panel discussion; Kalman will sign copies of her latest books, My Favorite Things and Ah– Ha to Zig–Zag.

Cooper Hewitt, known for its All Design: All the Time, presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming.