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Thursday, May 23, 2013 / 9:11 AM

The Pulitzer and Left Bank Books Launch "Exhibition Bookshelf"

The Pulitzer and Left Bank Books Launch "Exhibition Bookshelf"

Donald Judd Untitled, 1985 Enameled aluminum 30 x 60 x 30 cm Private collection, Houston, Texas © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY


The Pulitzer's current exhibit, Donald Judd: the Multicolored Works, opened last Friday. If you missed Tyler Green's interview of curator Marianne Stockbrande on May 11, another way to really immerse yourself in the show is to participate in the museum's new book club, a collaborative effort with Left Bank Books. It's called "Exhibition Bookshelf," and it kicks off in June. On Thursday evenings throughout the summer, local artists and writers will lecture on a particular aspect of a particular book; the first series of lectures was organized by the museum's Programs Coordinator, Philip Matthews.

“Exhibition Bookshelf will inspire our guests to think differently about art, as they discuss what they’ve read in the midst of our galleries,” Matthews says, adding that the books were chosen based on each author's innovative use of color in their work. Here's the lineup:

Exhibition Bookshelf: Red
Thursday, June 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Author Jan Greenberg discusses poet Anne Carson's Autobiography of Red, an experimental text loosely based on Greek myth. Greenberg and her collaborator, Sandra Jordan, have written an illustrated several award-winning YA titles about art, including Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring.

Exhibtion Bookshelf: Green
Thursday, July 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Novelist Anton DiSclafani (The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls) discusses Allison Bechdel's funny, sad graphic novel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, with a focus on the artist's use of black and green in her illustrations.

Exhibition Bookshelf: Blue
Thursday, Auust 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Short story writer (and Wash. U. creative writing program director) Dave Schuman talks about the character Rabo Karabekian in Kurt Vonnegut's novel Bluebeard.

Exhibition Bookshelf: Black
Thursday, Sept. 26; 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Eric Repice, an interdisciplinary ethnographer and visual artist, focuses on the use of black in Mexican poet Octavio Paz's collection Configurations.

This series is free and open to the public, but does require a reservation, as space is limited. You can RSVP by emailing, or by calling 314-446-2057. The selected books will be in stock at Left Bank (399 Euclid) and available to book club participants at a discount. The Pulitzer is located at 3716 Washington.  For more information, call 314-754-1850 or visit

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