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.
October’s selection is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, by Francine Prose. The Chameleon Club is a haven for trouble-makers, artists, writers, and expatriates. One of these is Lou Villars, a talented performer and racecar driver who scandalizes Paris when she is arrested for wearing men’s clothing. As this story unfolds over two decades, Lou and her fellow club-goers find that even their refuge in the Chameleon Club is changed by war.
October 15: Listen to a lecture on the art scene of Paris in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Meet in Classroom A.
October 22: Discuss the novel and your reactions to the plot, characters, and setting. Meet in the Library Seminar Room.
October 29: See the photograph that inspired the novel, then visit the exhibition Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography. Meet in Classroom A.