Special Event

Tender Loving Care Book Club

Thursday, March 28, 2024
5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, Level 2
Included with General Admission

Discussing Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT Up New York, 1987–1993, by Sarah Schulman

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The “Tender Loving Care” Book Club is a warm, informal three-part series that convenes around books with special relevance to the exhibition’s central theme of care.

In each session participants can discuss the assigned book with guest artists whose work is on view in “Tender Loving Care: Contemporary Art from the Collection” as well as one of the exhibition’s curators. Held in an intimate space with access to the galleries, these talks eschew the lecture format, instead building community through participatory conversation with artists and writers present.

 

Schedule

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness

Friday, February 23, 2024
5:30–7 pm

Gather to discuss Meghan O’Rourke’s book The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness (Riverhead Books, 2022), which focuses on the silent epidemic of chronic illnesses that afflicts tens of millions of Americans. These diseases are poorly understood, frequently marginalized, and can go undiagnosed and unrecognized altogether. O’Rourke investigates this elusive category of “invisible” illness that encompasses autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and now long COVID, synthesizing the personal and the universal.

Moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher, Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, and artist Finnegan Shannon.

At the artist’s request, attendees are encouraged to wear a mask. 

For those who are unable to attend in person due to accessibility and would like to join remotely, please e-mail access@mfa.org

Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993

Thursday, March 28, 2024
5:30–7 pm

Gather to discuss Sarah Schulman’s book Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2022). Based on more than two hundred interviews, Let the Record Show is a respected queer writer’s in-depth exploration of the ACT UP New York’s inner workings, conflicts, achievements, and ultimate fracture.

Moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher, Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, and artists Kathy Bitetti and Kurt Reynolds.

Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone

Thursday, April 25, 2024
5:30–7 pm

Gather to discuss Sarah Jaffe's book Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone (Bold Type Books, 2021). This deeply reported book considers why “doing what you love” is a recipe for exploitation, creating a new tyranny of work in which we cheerily acquiesce to doing jobs that take over our lives.

Moderated by Michelle Millar Fisher, Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, and artist Tabitha Arnold.

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Wheelchair accessible

Upcoming Dates and Times

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Discussing Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT Up New York, 1987–1993, by Sarah Schulman

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Discussing Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone by Sarah Jaffe

Past Dates and Times

Friday, February 23, 2024

Discussing The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness, by Meghan O’Rourke

Sponsors

Generously supported by the Museum Council Artist in Residency Program Fund.