The Caroline Werner Gannett Project 2007-08
Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman

Innovative children’s book author, illustrator, product designer & librettist


“Just Looking”

When: Monday, Apr 6, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ingle Auditorium
(Student Alumni Union)

Kalman talk photos Maira Kalman writes about “Just Looking”:
“The day is long and interesting.
I will wander about and look at people talking to each other.
Broken chairs on the street.
Dogs and babies.
I will stare at buildings, trees, shoes, hats.
And watch this hustle and bustle until I go home and
write impressions and paint visions.
I really do not need to think. Just look.”

Maira Kalman (1949 -) is an artist, illustrator, author and designer whose iconic creations live at the intersection of the joys and sorrows of human (and animal) experience. Most recently, her illustrations have breathed new life into Strunk and White's book The Elements of Style, and her own book of wisdom, The Principles of Uncertainty, is a compilation of a monthly illustrated blog that appeared in the New York Times. "Newyorkistan", her New Yorker magazine cover that reinvented the map of New York (done with Rick Meyerowitz), help to lift the despair of a city and a nation in 2001. Children of all ages love her books about the dogs Pete and Max. Other collaborations include sets for Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as her well-known earlier work with her husband, designer Tibor Kalman, and their design company M&Co.

“Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style”exhibition at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery, May 8 – August 2, 2009.
This exhibition will include the original gouache illustrations for her recent project, the 2005 edition of Strunk and White’s class writer’s handbook, The Elements of Style

Rick Meyerowitz

Interview on Principals of Uncertainty with WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show

Video homage to Kalman's Illustrated Elements of Style

Links: Maira Kalman: The Elements of Style Illustrated  Maira Kalman: Principals of Uncertainty  ibor Kalman and Maira Kalman: Unfashion   Maira Kalman: What Pete Ate   Land and Environmental Art