California Closets has nothing on Sara Berman. The woman knew how to wrangle a walk-in. Her abilities were such that her daughter, acclaimed artist and author Maira Kalman, and her grandson, What Studio? founder Alex Kalman, saw fit to enshrine Sara's closet in a perfect new book and a small but mighty art installation that has charmed visitors in New York, now in Los Angeles, and soon enough the world over.
“There was a place for everything,” the book tells us, “and everything was in its place. She knew what she had.”
Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.; skirball.org; Tue.-Fri., noon-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through March 10; $12, free Thursdays.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m., the Skirball hosts an evening with Maira and Alex Kalman, interviewed by Paul Holdengraber. A $15 ticket includes museum admission (galleries remain open until 8 p.m.).