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Summer Reading: Some Are Reading Programs

By Larissa Masny, Gallery Buzz Editor

Do you find yourself actually having time to read this summer? Maybe by the water, in a lawn chair, or in your A/C’d house?

Do you keep hearing about book clubs but not sure if you want to join one? Do you miss college English class intellectual discussions?

Some Are Reading at the Memorial Art Gallery could be of interest to you! It is a series of art book discussions led by experts from the Memorial Art Gallery. Here are the details:

Thursdays, 11 am–12:30 pm

July 16
July 23
August 13

Come listen and participate as Memorial Art Gallery staff members talk about art-related books they have read recently. Part book review, part illustrated lecture and part group discussion, each session focuses on the art content and larger themes and questions raised by the text—and raised by you. Join us for as many sessions as you like! Fee: $12 per session. Call the Memorial Art Gallery’s Creative Workshop to register: 585-276-8959.

July 16: First Light: A Magical Journey
first-lightJessica Marten discusses Carol O’Biso’s First Light: A Magical Journey (1989), the first-hand account of a New York City registrar who was responsible for the US tour of sacred Maori objects that had never been out of New Zealand. Learn about O’Biso’s experiences packing, shipping and installing the often “lively” treasures while respecting the ancestors the Maori believe spiritually reside in them.

July 23: Loving Frank
loving-frankSue Nurse discusses Loving Frank (2007), a fictional account of the romance between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Borwith Cheney. Nancy Horan’s book is based on historical research and yet uses imagination to bring the past to light; Sue Nurse will help separate fact from fiction, and help point readers to more information, ideas and local buildings.

August 13: Vincent Van Gogh: The Starry Night
imageSusan Daiss discusses Richard Thomson’s Vincent Van Gogh: The Starry Night (2008). If you thought you knew this iconic painting inside and out (it’s on millions of cocktail napkins and mugs, after all!), this brief but brilliant example of art historical research will open your eyes anew.

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