Do you love art and reading? The Members Book Club is the perfect forum to discuss exciting literature related to the art world in a fun and relaxed environment.

The Members Book Club meets quarterly in the Museum’s Richardson Memorial Library on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, unless otherwise noted. Each session includes a short introduction by a guest speaker followed by small group discussions led by library staff. Light refreshments are served. Book Club attendees may register for a single session or the entire year. Each session is $10 per person and is limited to Museum Members only. Register now for one or more sessions.

For more information, to be added to our mailing list, or to register by phone, please call 314.655.5235.

2015 Book Club Schedule


Mary Coin: A Novel
By Marisa Silver
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 pm OR
Saturday, April 25, 10:30 am *

Inspired by Dorothea Lange’s iconic depression-era photograph Migrant Mother, author Marisa Silver reimagines the lives of both the photographer and her migrant farmworker subject in this critically acclaimed and award-winning novel. In addition to discussion of the book, these sessions of the Book Club will include a visit to the Museum’s Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs to view the Museum’s newly acquired print of Migrant Mother and other relevant photographs of the depression era. Register



By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 pm
Saturday, July 11, 10:30 am

In July, the Book Club will read the critically acclaimed novel Americanah. This richly told story of love and race is centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. Nichole Bridges, associate curator of African art, will join the Book Club to discuss the novel and its thematic links to the Museum’s summer exhibition Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa.



Meet the Author!
33 Artists in 3 Acts 

By Sarah Thornton
Tuesday, September 29, 6:30 pm (one session only)
Reception begins at 6:00 pm

The Members Book Club will welcome writer and art sociologist Sarah Thornton for this special joint event with the Museum’s Contemporary Art Society. Thornton’s latest book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, explores what it means to be a real artist in the real world through a series of narratives on a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers.  This session is free to attend and includes a 6:00 pm reception with the author prior to the formal program.



The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History
By James Hall
Tuesday, December 1, 6:30 pm
Saturday, December 5, 10:30 am

In December, the Book Club will focus on the vivid history of self-portraiture as chronicled by art historian and critic James Hall. From the earliest myths of Narcissus to the prolific self-image-making of contemporary artists, Hall’s survey offers new insights on the genre. In addition to small group discussion, each Book Club session will include a tour of the galleries to look at portraiture in the Museum’s own collection. Register

Register now for one or more sessions

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Book Club Parking

The south entrance is no longer available for Book Club parking. Please use the lots in front of the Museum on Fine Arts Drive and enter the Museum via the Main Building entrance into Sculpture Hall. The East Building and Parking Garage will not be open for Tuesday Book Club sessions and will not open until right at 10:00 am for Saturday sessions. 





Past Book Club Selections

At The King's Pleasure
by Kate Emerson, November 2014

The Lost Carving: A Journey to the Heart of Making
by David Esterly, September 2014

The Millionaire and the Mummies:
Theodore Davis's Gilded Age in the Valley of the Kings
by John M. Adams, May 2014

The Judgment of Paris:
The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
by Ross King, March 2014

Farewell to Manzanar
by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and
     James D. Houston, February 2014

The Masterpiece
by Emile Zola, November 2013
The Painter's Chair:
George Washington and the Making of American Art
by Hugh Howard, October 2013

Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
by Robert Hughes, July 2013
Thus Was Adonis Murdered
by Sarah Caudwell, April 2013

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:
The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs
of Edward Curtis
by Timothy Egan, February 2013

Cleopatra: A Life
by Stacey Schiff, November 2012
The Other Rembrandt: A Novel
by Alex Connor, September 2012
The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins
Her Life's Work at 72
by Molly Peacock, May 2012
Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel
by Susan Vreeland, March 2o12
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money
by Maureen Stanton, February 2012

Loving Frank: A Novel
by Nancy Horan, November 2011

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