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 experts.
January’s selection is The Carpet Makers, by Andreas Eschbach. This science fiction novel explores the mystery of a world on which the entire economy circulates around the production of hair carpets – intricately detailed works of art which take an entire lifetime to create. In addition to discussing the book, the group will compare Eschbach’s fictional textiles with real-world art by learning about contemporary textile techniques and visiting the current textile installations in the museum’s galleries.
- January 14: Professor Tina Cassara of the Cleveland Institute of Art discusses contemporary textiles.
- January 21: Discuss the book with the group.
- January 28: Tour the textiles galleries and the exhibition Floral Delights: Textiles from Islamic Lands.
$40 non-members / $30 CMA members. Participants purchase the book on their own (available in the museum store). Register through the Ticket Center at (216) 421-7350 or tickets.clevelandart.org .