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OMA Book Club: Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham

October 5, 2018 @ 2:00pm to October 5, 2018 @ 4:00pm

J. Hyde Crawford and Anthony Tortora Gallery

Select Fridays, 2-4pm

Join us for a series of book discussions connecting themes in art and literature to works in the Museum galleries. Each meeting will include a guided gallery experience. Discussion facilitated by David Matteson, Associate Curator of Education & Outreach.


October 5: Fashion Climbing: A Memoir with Photographs by Bill Cunningham
For nearly 40 years, Bill Cunningham captured the wild fashions of New York City through his photographic column published in The New York Times. A celebrated designer and visionary, this memoir was kept secret during Cunningham’s lifetime. It tells the story of a man devoted to fashion and originality, often in contradiction to the values of his family. The discussion will be followed by a gallery tour of Nick Cave: Feat.

November 2: The Beautiful Dream of Life: A Novel by Domingo Zapata
Written by a recognized contemporary artist, this novel reveals the detriments of the art world through the experience of a disillusioned, commercially successful painter. Interwoven with vivid dreams of beauty and excess, Zapata’s character questions the meaning of fulfillment and creative freedom. The discussion will be followed by a gallery tour of Purvis Young and His Angels.

January 4: The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by Anthony Brandt & David Eagleman
What drives us to create? This book attempts to answer that question by analyzing acts of significant creation throughout history and connecting them to new neuroscience findings. We will follow our discussion with stories of creativity and curiosity by artist’s in the Museum’s permanent collection.

February 1: Van Gogh’s Ear: The True Story by Bernadette Murphy
An infamous episode, Van Gogh’s self-removal of his ear was a brutal act that occurred at the pinnacle of his madness. But what led to this personal crisis? Author Bernadette Murphy shares her 7-year research journey to discover the truth. We’ll connect our study of this noteworthy post-Impressionist painter to the exhibited work of Louis Dewis.

March 1: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
Monet’s iconic depictions of water lilies have inspired artists for generations, but few know that they were created during a period of personal turmoil for the artist. Set against the backdrop of WWI, this biography presents a portrait of the artist at the height of his international acclaim while he pursued the preservation of his legacy by founding of his Museum. After our discussion, we will explore the historical impact of WWI on French art in relation to the exhibited works of Louis Dewis.

April 5: Station Eleven: A Novel by Emily St. John Mandel
Program Presented in Partnership with the NEA Big Read & UCF

In the aftermath of a ravaging pandemic, a troupe of actors and musicians struggle to preserve the remnants of the humanities.

Discussion co-led by Dr. Keri Watson, Assistant Professor of Art History, UCF.


$65 season price
Members save 10 percent on the season cost

$12 per individual session

Books can be purchased in the Museum Shop