Art & Art History

American Pictures

Illustrator and writer Maira Kalman opened the American Pictures Series 2012 by exploring a haunting photo by Diane Arbus. Kalman has written and illustrated more than a dozen books for children, including Looking at Lincoln (2012), Ooh-la-la-Max in Love (2001), What Pete Ate (2001), and 13 WORDS (2010), a collaboration with Lemony Snicket. Kalman’s books for adults include And the Pursuit of Happiness (2010), and an illustrated version of Strunk and White’s classic The Elements of Style (2005). The American Pictures Series includes four lectures at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.