(Video link here.) In a tiny exhibit tucked into the The American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum, is a recreation of the strikingly minimalist closet of Sara Berman, a Jewish émigré from Belarus who settled in the Bronx in the early nineteen-fifties, who also happens to be the mother of artist Maira Kalman. After a late-in-life divorce, Berman delighted in her new found freedom and transformed her life; she moved into a studio apartment in Greenwich Village and purged her wardrobe of all colors except white.
…nothing in life has an expiration date. You are free to change at any age…
…She made simplicity meaningful.
…I hope that people take away a sense of the tenderness of creating your own life and that it’s inspiring. That it gives you a sense of optimism that yes you can put your closet in order and maybe and maybe there’s hope for putting your life in order some of the time.
In the midst of elaborate trappings of elaborate lives: an illumination of how important a modest life can be.
With thanks to Ellen Silverman for the find.