Reading (detail), 1873. Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895). Oil on fabric; 46.0 x 71.8 cm. Gift of the Hanna Fund 1950.89
  • Reading (detail), 1873. Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895). Oil on fabric; 46.0 x 71.8 cm. Gift of the Hanna Fund 1950.89
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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.