Girls Standing on Lawns


Meet me on the lawn,
I want to take
a picture of you.

Perhaps she stood there
so that she could stand still.

We believe this, there is nothing
else we believe more at
this moment, that we should
be standing here.

You are not
in a costume.
You are.
You are all dressed up.
You are standing here
dressed up.

It doesn't have to be a lawn, even.
It doesn't matter. Something else.

There's no use standing around.
You should do something.

My whole life I have not known
where to put my hands.

“Girls Standing on Lawns”
Published in May 2014 by The Museum of Modern Art, New York

“Girls Standing on Lawns” is a unique collaboration between Maira Kalman and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket. This smart and beautiful book contains 40 vintage photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a dozen original paintings by Maira that were inspired by the photographs. Photos and paintings are accompanied by brief, lyrical texts by Handler. Poetic and thought-provoking, Girls Standing on Lawns is a meditation on memories, childhood, nostalgia, home, family, and the act of seeing. The gorgeous visual material sets the stage for what Handler succinctly describes as “a photograph, a painting, a sentence, a pose.” Girls, women, families, and even pets from days gone by grace the pages, looking out at us, enticing readers to imagine these people, their lives—and where they have gone.

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