Art and Fiction Book Club
This structured look at art history through both historical fiction and narrative nonfiction is led by the museum’s Department of Education and Interpretation. Meeting quarterly, the Art and Fiction Book Club explores each reading selection through lectures, gallery talks, and a discussion group led by educators, curators, and other museum staff. Sessions are held during the afternoon on three successive Wednesdays in January, April, July, and October.
Participants purchase the book on their own. $40, museum members $30. Call 1-888-CMA-0033 or visit tickets.clevelandart.org for tickets to the Art and Fiction Book Club.
July’s selection is The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt, which tells the story of Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker who miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. He clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
July 16: 1:30–2:45 p.m., Classroom A. The Goldfinch in Context: Lecture on Carel Fabritius and his contemporaries.
July 23: 1:30–2:45 p.m., Ingalls Library. Discussion: Thoughts, impressions, and reactions to the novel.
July 30: 1:30–2:45 p.m., Classroom A. Gallery Tour: Tour of the galleries to see works related to The Goldfinch.
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