Cooper Hewitt My Favorite Things exhibition catalogue

My Favorite Things

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'Maira Kalman's My Favorite Things is a book of wonders' - Jewish Book Council

Maira Kalman My Favorite Things

In 2011, the illustrator, Maira Kalman was invited to curate an exhibition based on the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City. 

My Favorite Things is the book accompanying that exhibition and is a beautiful pictorial and narrative exploration of the significance of objects in our lives, drawn from her personal artefacts, recollections, and selections from the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt.

The book is divided into three parts. In the first part of My Favorite Things, Kalman uses objects to share stories of her family's history. The central part consists of Kalman's paintings of these museum objects, along with her reasons for selecting each one, written in her distinctive hand lettering. The third part is devoted to items from her own collection of memorabilia, like packages tied up with string

Colourful, engaging, and insightful, My Favorite Things features more than fifty objects including the pocket watch Abraham Lincoln was carrying when he was shot, original editions of Winnie-the-Pooh and Alice in Wonderland, a handkerchief in memoriam of Queen Victoria, an Ingo Maurer lamp, Rietveld's Z chair and a pair of Toscanini's trousers. A pictorial index provides photographs of the actual objects and a short description of them.

A wonderful reflection on the experience and importance of beloved objects in our lives.

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  • Author: Maira Kalman
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Date published: November 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0062122971
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 20.3 cm