A Toledo Museum of Art docent giving the book club a tour. Image from: https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/issue/1202/art-museums-1.phtml
The average museum visitor only spends seconds looking at a work of art, so joining a book club is an effective way to really analyze a specific piece or an entire gallery. Art museums around the nation are either forming their own book clubs, or bringing existing clubs into the galleries. After reading the text, members discuss it with a museum guide, and then view an exhibition or collection associated with the book. Book lists vary depending on the museum, but certain lists contain everything from artist biographies to fiction to classic literature.
Certain museums, like the Cincinnati Museum of Art, have even teamed up with their local public libraries to promote both art and reading. As an English Major, Art History minor, I am all for this museum trend.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.finebooksmagazine.com/issue/1202/art-museums-1.phtml.
Amy Shirer ’18