Discussion Bound: Visual Shock by Michael Kammen« Back to Events
Free with membership or Museum admission
Frances Mulhall Achilles Library| North Wing, Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Place, Asheville, NC 28801
Join our monthly book discussion where we read and discuss books that relate to artwork in our galleries. Moderated by a member of the Museum’s staff or a volunteer, we exchange ideas and learn about books, art and each other. Bring your own copy of the book.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 3:00-5:00 PM
Visual Shock by Michael Kammen
In this lively narrative, award-winning author Michael Kammen presents a fascinating analysis of cutting-edge art and artists and their unique ability to both delight and provoke us. He illuminates America’s obsession with public memorials and the changing role of art and museums in our society. From Thomas Eakins’s 1875 masterpiece The Gross Clinic, (considered “too big, bold, and gory” when first exhibited) to the bitter disputes about Maya Lin’s Vietnam War Memorial, this is an eye-opening account of American art and the battles and controversies that it has ignited. Moderated by Lauren Bacchus, Museum Shop & Event Coordinator.