We visited a closet-sized space at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to see an exhibition called Sara Berman’s Closet. Mother of artist Maira Kalman, Sara Berman was a Jewish émigré from humble beginnings who traveled from Belarus to Palestine, finally settling in New York in the early 1950s. At age sixty, Sara decided to rid herself of an unhappy marriage and move into a small studio in Greenwich Village. There, she built and kept a closet of simple, all-white clothing, shoes, and accessories; no one is sure why. Beautifully and meticulously organized, the closet represents newfound independence that can be found at any age. Following her passing in 2004, the closet was recreated at Mmuseum by her grandson and then brought to The Met.
every closet should have books, a 3x5 card holder, a grater, a jar of buttons, neatly folded clothes, and a red pompom. Sara Berman's closet. "The women were always baking, washing, starching, and ironing. The Middle Eastern sun bleached the laundry a blinding white. Fanatically pressed linens were precisely folded and stacked. The clothes were so heavily starched they could get up and walk away." part of the poetical statement by Maria Kalman & Alex Kalman @metmuseum #sarabermanscloset