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OPEN for Interpretation

an artist-in-residence program

OPEN for Interpretation is a residency program that invites creative thinkers to immerse themselves in the Museum’s many stories of courage, imagination, struggle, and heritage as inspiration for new works of art, music, dance, writing, or performance that explore the American experience in new and unexpected ways.

Current Artists:

Our current OPEN project Sara Berman's Closet is by the acclaimed artist and writer Maira Kalman and designer and curator Alex Kalman. Learn more about the special exhibition at Sara Berman's Closet.


Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She was raised in bucolic Riverdale, in the Bronx, and now lives in Manhattan. She is a world‐renowned artist, writer, illustrator, and designer. She has published more than twenty-eight books and creates editorial work for many magazines; she has illustrated many covers for The New Yorker. She has exhibited her work at institutions such as the Cooper Hewitt Museum (NYC), ICA (Philadelphia), The Jewish Museum (NYC), Madison Children’s Museum (Madison, WI), Monticello (Charlottesville, VA), and Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles). She is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery and owns a pair of Toscanini’s pants.
Alex Kalman, designer, artist, and curator, is the owner of the inter-interdisciplinary What Studio? and the co-founder and director of Mmuseumm in lower Manhattan, which has been called “One of the top 12 international hidden art gems” by The New Yorker and “curatorial genius” by The Atlantic. He is the creator of Object Journalism and Op-Object for the New York Times. His work has been shown in museums and publications around the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), the New York Times, and The New Yorker. Alex Kalman also founded the MyBlock Education Program, a low-cost education model for high school students to use video as a tool of self-expression and civic engagement.