Maira Kalman: My Favorite Things
Selections from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum



This short film follows one of our great visual storytellers, Maira Kalman, as she curates her exhibition “Selects.” The reopening of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum features this collection—an exploration of life, love, joy and loss. With humor, insight and honesty she has chosen objects that chronicle memories, dreams and reflections.

The film traces the story behind one of the exhibition’s highlights: Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, restored to tick again for the first time in 150 years.  It’s an extraordinary opportunity, Maira observes, to “connect us to history, dreaming and the future.”

Art and Lyrics by Maira Kalman
Music by Nico Muhly
Cinematography by Christopher Baker
Editing by Cynthia Clegg




Rosanne Cash: The River and the Thread

Season 2

This short film traces Rosanne’s latest album The River and the Thread from its genesis to its recording to the road. We see her creative process, witness her emotional connections, and feel the power of her stories.

Cinematography and Editing Joe Tomcho

Maira Kalman

Season 1

“Who are we? How are we documenting ourselves? Is this a dream? Are we in costume?” In partnership with The Met, MoMA and The Guggenheim, Maira Kalman explores these essential questions through painting, publication and performance.

Director of Photography Philip Lehman