Illustrator Maira Kalman Celebrates America's Inauguration

The NYTimes has launched a new visual blog called “And the Pursuit of Happiness” by illustrator Maira Kalman. It apparently follows an earlier blog called The Principles of Uncertainty, now available in book form.

Kalman’s debut visual blog installation is called “The Inauguration. At Last” captures her experiences motoring down the New Jersey Turnpike towards Washington … towards a series of Hallelujahs, captured for readers in Kalman’s gorgeous illustrations and poetic meanderings.

We begin Kalman’s journey:

The Angels are Singing on this glorious Day.

And we MORTALS, driving down to Washington, passing white mountains and Black Mountains of unidentified industrial stuff, listen to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson sing words from a Bach cantata.

Hallelujah for the Walt Whitman rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpipe.

More blog illustrations at the NYTimes:

Kalman’s illustrated journey continues with their arrival in Washington, stops at churches, museums, a party or two and finally, the Inauguration itself.

I love the attention to small details … the plastic flowers in the women’s restroom on the turnpike, for example.

Photos of the Inauguration proliferate the Internet.

Kalman’s “The Inauguration. At Last” is a rare look at America’s national celebration in a different artistic medium. Very refreshing! We will install Kalman’s new illustrated “And the Pursuit of Happiness” blog in our Creativity Channel.

For viewers who are interested in knowing more about Maira Kalman creative insights, I found a video from the excellent TED Talks series, followed by her bio.

Experience memories of America’s Inauguration from this exquisitely creative point of view. Anne

Bio Maria Kalman from TED:

Children know Maira Kalman for her series of Max storybooks, adults for her New Yorker covers and the gotta-have-it illustrated version of the Elements of Style — simple proof that her sensibility blends a childlike delight with a grownup’s wry take on the world.

With her husband, the legendary designer and art director Tibor Kalman, Maira spent several decades designing objets and assembling books like (un)FASHION. But after Tibor’s untimely death in 1999, Maira herself became a cultural force. Her colorful, faux-naif illustrations — and her very perspective — tap a desire in all of us to look at the world the way she does.