The Albright-Knox’s Book AK program is a museum-hosted book club that provides the opportunity to explore the lives of artists and learn more about art- and museum-related topics.
After reading the pre-selected book, participants will be invited to meet at the museum, where Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will lead a group discussion of the book in the beautiful setting of AK Café. A reading guide and/or discussion questions will be posted on the website one month prior to the discussion.
Participation in Book AK is free for Members and free with Gallery admission for non-members on the day of the discussion. Registration is required and is limited to fifteen individuals. To register, please call 716.270.8296.
PLEASE NOTE: When you participate in a meeting around a particular Book AK selection you are not committing to participate in future meetings. While repeat participants are encouraged, each book selection has its own registration and each is limited to fifteen participants.
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Saturday, December 7, 2013, 10:15–11:30 am
During World War II, Adolf Hitler sought out Europe’s greatest artworks with the goal of building both a personal art collection and destroying all that he considered to be “degenerate” art. In this book, author Robert Edsel details the true account of the Monuments Men, a special force of American and British art historians, museum directors, curators, and others who sought to prevent the appropriation and destruction of Europe’s great art. This moment in history is told through the moving personal accounts of six of these brave men.
Lee Krasner: A Biography
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10:15–11:30 am
Written in 2011, this engaging biography explores the life and art of the Abstract Expressionist painter Lee Krasner. Author Gail Levin does not just focus on Krasner’s relationship with her husband, the painter Jackson Pollock, but explores all aspects of Krasner’s life and provides a rich account of her work as an artist, while asserting her role as a leading figure in the twentieth-century art world.
Lives of the Artists
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:15–11:30 am
Author Calvin Tomkins provides an intimate look at the work and lifestyles of ten leading contemporary art world figures, including Matthew Barney, Maurizio Cattelan, John Currin, Damien Hirst, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Julian Schnabel, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, and James Turrell.
The Pop Revolution
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10:15–11:30 am
Alice Goldfarb Marquis provides an entertaining look at Pop art, while examining the artistic, social, political, and economic impacts of the movement. Goldfarb Marquis gives portraits of the leading artists of the period, including Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. The author also shares stories of the critics, businessmen, collectors, curators, and dealers who helped to shape what was one of the liveliest and most influential art movements of the twentieth century.
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