Ekphrasis, the name of the book club, means “a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art,” and it provides a way to mix literature and art into one super genre! The museum chose this name because this is the types of writing that they read.
Alice Novak, the Curator of Education at the museum, told me, “The books our members choose to read are literary responses to works of visual art.”
This is the club’s sixth season, and members try to read a book every month. However, as Novak tells me, they read longer books throughout the summer. Most members of the club are adults, but it is offered to teens, too. However, because Ekphrasis meets once a month on a Wednesday afternoon, this could be an issue for students who are still in school. (Becoming a member of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts starts at $45 for an individual adult.)
Ekphrasis’s book for November is: Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollack by Henry Adams.