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Book Club at the MFA: Optic Nerve

In 2020, the Book Club at the MFA joins in the national celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the US the right to vote. Join us for an exciting monthly reading and discussion centered on topical issues and themes universal to all: empowerment, artistic and creative excellence, and the push for equality for all.

March: Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza

This nimble yet momentous novel is composed of episodes in the life of María, who lives in Buenos Aires, often beginning with an anecdote about someone she knows before brilliantly finding an associative link to a work of art, then delving into the backstory of the artwork and the artist before coming full circle to how it all makes sense in Maria’s life. There are many pleasures in Gainza’s novel: its clever and dynamic structure, its many aperçus (“happiness interests only those who experience it; nobody can be moved by the happiness of others”), and some of the very best writing about art around. With playfulness and startling psychological acuity, Gainza explores the spaces between others, art, and the self, and how what one sees and knows form the ineffable hodgepodge of the human soul. Seductive and capricious, Optic Nerve marks the English-language debut of a major Argentinian voice in the art world.


Free with Admission, $10 on Thursdays after 5 pm

Event Details

March 12

6:30–7:30 pm

Event Categories

Museum of Fine Arts – Bayview Room

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