WHY: Inspired by the 2008 elections, artist Maira Kalman set out across these great states with pen and paper in hand to explore facets of American democracy that many Americans only contemplate on the Fourth of July. From eavesdropping on town hall meetings to visiting veterans' families, Maira probed the inner workings of how we come together. Along the way, she searched the past, pondering the lives of Lincoln and the Founding Fathers. If this project sounds pious; it isn't; Kalman's synopsis of George Washington's guides to conduct jumps from Rule 1 ("Every action done in company ought to be done with some sign of respect to those that are present") to Rule 100 ("Cleanse not your teeth with the tablecloth"). Whimsical, sincere, and wise, And The Pursuit of Happiness is a national treasure.