Sara Berman’s closet

Among other things, the Metropolitan Museum of Art features 21 period rooms in its American Wing, ranging from a 17th-century colonial interior to an enormous Prairie-style living room by Frank Lloyd Wright, but as Penelope Green reports, “the newest addition [to the Met] … is an unexpected meditation on modern city life: a modest closet from a studio apartment in the West Village, filled with the curious, lovely, and very particular personal effects of Sara Berman, a Belarussian and Israeli émigré …” According to the Met, the artists Maira and Alex Kalman (who are also Berman’s daughter and grandson), inspired by the beauty and simplicity of Berman’s closet, have recreated her closet and its contents as an art installation.

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