Art and Fiction Book Club
Every other month, 2 Wednesdays
The Art and Fiction Book Club connects the written word to works of art on view in special exhibitions and the permanent collection galleries. Books are selected to highlight a variety of historical periods, artistic movements, and points of view, with the aim of challenging, intriguing, and inspiring readers to explore wide-ranging styles, genres, and formats of both art and fiction.
Each two-week session includes a gallery tour highlighting objects relevant to the reading selection, and a discussion led by museum educators that includes a short lecture covering broad historical context and conversation with other attendees about the book and related artworks.
- Session 1: Two Wednesdays, January 4 and 11, 1:30–2:30, classroom E. Explore Paris in the 1300s as we read A Slender Tether by Jess Wells and visit Myth and Mystique: Cleveland’s Gothic Table Fountain.
- Session 2: Two Wednesdays, March 8 and 15, 1:30-2:30, classroom E. Delve into Mary Cassatt’s world with Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, Harriet Scott Chessman, and a tour of Pure Color: Pastels from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
- Session 3: Two Wednesdays, May 10 and 17. Discuss questions of attribution and authorship with an exploration of Known and Famous: Nine Master Carvers of Sub-Saharan Africa and reading of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
- Sessions 4, 5, and 6 to be announced in spring 2017.
$35 per session/CMA members $30 per session. Register online for Sessions 1, 2, and 3 at engage.clevelandart.org or by phone at (216) 421-7350.
Participants purchase book on their own; limited quantities are available for purchase in the museum store.