The 80s Image
Books & Brushes
Tuesday, November 13 to Tuesday, May 21
A collaboration between McNally Robinson Booksellers and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Select Tuesdays, 11:30am
Included with regular Gallery admission: Adult $12; Senior/Student $10; Free for WAG members
Visit the WAG to participate in discussions of artworks related to popular reads! These conversational tours led by Gallery experts and guides are both fun and informative. Space is limited and registration is required for each event. Sign up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming book selections:
Nov 13 • Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
March 12, 2019 • The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
May 21, 2019 • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Set in the 1980s, the novel chronicles fourteen-year-old June Elbus's journey as she mourns the passing of her beloved uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss amid the AIDS epidemic. Despite the association between Uncle Finn's lifestyle and the disease, June chooses to meet the partner he left behind, ultimately coming to terms with the death of her uncle and finding herself in the process. Come prepared to discuss the book as a group and explore several works from The 80s Image exhibition that relate to the narrative and more generally, the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Nora Eldridge, once dreamed of being an artist, a wife, and a mother. Instead, due to caring for her aging parents and other concerns, she has ended up a single, middle-aged woman with a career as an elementary school teacher until Sirena, an Italian artist invites her to share her studio space and return to her work as an artist. Emotionally and intellectually complex, The Woman Upstairs offers a fresh take on the themes of appearance and reality; deception and betrayal; identity, self-expression and exploration. Come prepared to discuss the book as a group and explore several works from the In Studio exhibition that relate to the narrative and more generally the theme of the artist's studio.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel whose characters and events are loosely based on aspects of Eugenides' life and observations of his Greek heritage. The book centers on the pursuit of the American Dream and explores gender identity while offering allusions to Greek mythology, including creatures such as the Minotaur, half-man and half-bull, and the Chimera, a monster composed of various animal parts. Come prepared to discuss the book as a group and explore Norval Morriseau's monumental painting, Androgyny that relates to the narrative and more generally the theme of gender expression and identfication.