Maira Kalman, and her son Alex, recreate their mother and grandmother Sarah Berman's closet for a new exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Maira Kalman, and her son Alex, recreate their mother and grandmother Sarah Berman's closet for a new exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

NEW YORK - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) opened a new exhibit earlier this month by artists Maira and Alex Kalman showcasing their late mother and grandmother Sara Berman's (1920–2004) meticulously organized closet.

Berman, an immigrant, maintained a modest but well organized closet in her New York home. The new art installation at The Met recreates that space with the neatly arranged, folded white clothing that she always wore and the carefully placed accessories that were meticulously stashed away.

On display until September, Sara Berman's Closet is part of The Met's recently installed Worsham-Rockefeller Dressing Room from 1882, which features clothing from the 1880s of the type that Arabella Worsham, a wealthy art patroness, might have worn. Despite vast differences of scale and ornament, and the separation of 100 years, the two rooms show there were similarities between the life stories of Berman and Worsham (c. 1850–1924). Both began as women of limited means who, by their own ingenuity, created new lives for themselves in New York City.

 

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