Book Club Selections

Book Club: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

May 2, 2019, 6 - 7:30 PM

Join Akron Art Museum librarian Ted Pitts for a discussion of the book and a tour of Nick Cave: Feat.

Book Club: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

May 2, 2019, 6 - 7:30 PM

Book Club: Old in Art School by Nell Painter

Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school—in her 60s—to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, finds meaning in the artists she loves even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived. This compelling memoir addresses identity issues, such as age and race, while exploring what it means to be an artist.

Join Akron Art Museum librarian Ted Pitts for a discussion of the book and a tour of Nick Cave: Feat.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Copies of Old in Art School are available for purchase in the museum shop.

Book Club: Reading Under the Roof Cloud

January 2019

Explore the genre of Afrofuturism and the artwork of Jeff Donaldson as we discuss the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor with guest moderator Bronlynn Thurman, local science fiction and art aficionado.

Book Club: Reading Under the Roof Cloud

January 2019

Explore the genre of Afrofuturism and the artwork of Jeff Donaldson as we discuss the novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor with guest moderator Bronlynn Thurman, local science fiction and art aficionado.

Binti is the first of the Himba people to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. Binti is the Hugo and Nebula award-winning first novella in Okorafor’s Binti series.

Free and open to all.

Copies of the book are available for purchase in the museum shop.

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

November 2018

Grab a drink in the café and join museum staff for a discussion of The Power a novel in which teenage girls have immense physical power!

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

November 2018

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club: The Power by Naomi Alderman

In the book The Power, teenage girls have immense physical power—they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this twist of nature, the world changes utterly. Grab a drink in the café and join museum staff for a discussion of The Power. The evening will conclude with a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

Free and open to all

Book Club: Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner

May 2018

We’ll dig deep into Madame Butterfly as we read Angela-Davis Gardener’s Butterfly’s Child, an imaginative “sequel” to the classic opera. 

Book Club: Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner

May 2018

Besides the monumental sculptures and paintings on view in Blurred Lines, artist Jun Kaneko has designed costumes and sets for a number of major operas including Madame Butterfly. For this edition of the Under the Roof Cloud Book Club, we’ll dig deep into Madame Butterfly as we read Angela-Davis Gardener’s Butterfly’s Child, an imaginative “sequel” to the classic opera that Pulitzer prize-winning author Jennifer Egan claims that she could not put down. We’ll discuss the book, watch some clips of Kaneko’s vision of the story and tour the Blurred Lines exhibition. 

Free and open to all. Register online using the link / button below.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

February 2018

Join us in the Martha Stecher Reed Library for a lively discussion of Rachel Kushner’s award winning novel The Flamethrowers. Followed by a staff-led tour of Heavy Metal.

Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

February 2018

Grab a beer, cup of coffee or glass of wine in the café and join museum staffers in the Martha Stecher Reed Library for a lively discussion of Rachel Kushner’s award winning novel The Flamethrowers and a staff led tour of the exhibition Heavy Metal.

The year is 1975 and Reno has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno begins an affair with the son of a motorcycle magnate. Her relationship takes her to Italy where she falls in with a radical political group.

Book Club is made possible with support from the Bemis Company Foundation. 

Book Club The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor

October 2017

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer.

Book Club The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor

October 2017

Free and open to all! • The book is available for purchase in the Museum Shop for $17.95

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer, a book that brilliantly tells the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The
celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government.

When the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. Expertly researched, masterfully told, The Lady in Gold is at once a stunning depiction of fin-de siècle Vienna, a riveting tale of Nazi war crimes, and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes
workings of the contemporary art world.

The discussion will conclude with a tour of Alchemy: Transformations in Gold. 

Book Club The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

June 2017

Book Club The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

June 2017

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis. The book chronicles a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art.

In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol took a road trip across America. What began as a madcap, drug-fueled romp became a journey that took Warhol on a kaleidoscopic adventure from New York City, across the vast American heartland, all the way to Hollywood and back.

With locations ranging from a Texas panhandle truck stop to a Beverly Hills mansion, from the beaches of Santa Monica to a Photomat booth in Albuquerque, The Trip captures Warhol’s interactions with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Marcel Duchamp, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Along the way he also met rednecks, beach bums, underground filmmakers, artists, poets, socialites, and newly minted hippies, and they each left an indelible mark on his psyche.

The discussion will conclude with a tour of Serial Intent. 

Free and open to all. Copies of The Trip are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 

Click here to become a member. Your membership helps to support Free programming like this and much for everyone who visits the Akron Art Museum.

Museum Art Book Sale

April 2017

Our art book sale is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time!

Museum Art Book Sale

April 2017

Open to All 
Friday and Saturday, April 14 - 15 • 11 am – 5 pm

Book worms and bibliophiles, mark your calendars. Books will include numerous brand new exhibition catalogues, duplicates and other art related texts from all areas of art and art history. Collectible books, including some signed by their authors, will also be available. This is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time.

Share the Art Book Sale on Facebook

If your bookshelves are already packed, you’ll need to make room. Before the sale, the museum will accept donations of art books. Please no fiction, cookbooks, or other genres. Contact Stefanie Hilles, the museum’s Library and Archives Manager, at sHilles@AkronArtMuseum.org or 330.376.9186 x221 to arrange a donation. 

Museum Art Book Sale

April 2017

Our art book sale is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time! 

Museum Art Book Sale

April 2017

Open to All 
Friday and Saturday, April 14 - 15 • 11 am – 5 pm

Book worms and bibliophiles, mark your calendars. Books will include numerous brand new exhibition catalogues, duplicates and other art related texts from all areas of art and art history. Collectible books, including some signed by their authors, will also be available. This is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time.

Share the Art Book Sale on Facebook

If your bookshelves are already packed, you’ll need to make room. Before the sale, the museum will accept donations of art books. Please no fiction, cookbooks, or other genres. Contact Stefanie Hilles, the museum’s Library and Archives Manager, at sHilles@AkronArtMuseum.org or 330.376.9186 x221 to arrange a donation. 

Museum Art Book Sale: Exclusive for Members

April 2017

Our art book sale is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time! 

Museum Art Book Sale: Exclusive for Members

April 2017

MEMBERS ONLY SALE: Thursday, April 13 • 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Open to the Public on Friday and Saturday, April 14 - 15 • 11 am – 5 pm

Book worms and bibliophiles, mark your calendars. Books will include numerous brand new exhibition catalogues, duplicates and other art related texts from all areas of art and art history. Collectible books, including some signed by their authors, will also be available. This is an excellent opportunity to build up your personal art library while supporting the museum at the same time.

Share the Art Book Sale on Facebook

If your bookshelves are already packed, you’ll need to make room. Before the sale, the museum will accept donations of art books. Please no fiction, cookbooks, or other genres. Contact Stefanie Hilles, the museum’s Library and Archives Manager, at sHilles@AkronArtMuseum.org or 330.376.9186 x221 to arrange a donation. 

1 2 3 4   NEXT PAGE >