Art of Reading Book Club

The Museum’s Art of Reading Book Club meets quarterly to discuss fiction and nonfiction books carefully chosen to complement Museum exhibitions on view. Each meeting includes light refreshments, discussion on the art-themed book, and an enlightening docent tour on related works of art.

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Free for members | $20 nonmembers

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Recommended Reading

Past titles featured at the Museum’s Art of Reading Book Club include the following:

  • How to Paint a Dead Man, by Sarah Hall shares four stories that intertwine thematically to create a pure discourse concerning art, love, death, and loss.
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt is an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery. Learn how one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.
  • The Art Forger: A Novel, by B.A. Shapiro is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
  • Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling, by Ross King is the story of how Michelangelo, against all odds, created the masterpiece that has ever since adorned the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay tells the story of how colors were made throughout history.
  • Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton is an Art of Reading Book Club favorite about contemporary artists.
  • The Hare with the Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art & Loss by Edmund deWaal is about a netsuke owned by a formerly well off 19th/early 20th century family.
  • My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk is a murder mystery that talks about 17th century Indian miniature painting through one of the artists.