The Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love

Book - 2018
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An Amazon Editors' Best Book of December 2018

"Art will wake you up. Art will break your heart. There will be glorious days. If you want eternity you must be fearless." --from The Museum of Modern Love

Arky Levin has reached a dead end. Unexpectedly separated from his wife, he suddenly has the space he needs to work composing film scores--but none of the peace of mind he needs to create. As he wanders the city, guilty and restless, it's almost by chance that he stumbles upon an exhibition that will change his life.

The installation the fictional Arky discovers--which is based on a real piece of performance art that took place in 2010--is inexplicably powerful. Visitors to the Museum of Modern Art sit across a table from the performance artist Marina Abramović, for as short or long a period as they choose. Although some go in skeptical, almost all leave moved. And the participants are not the only ones to find themselves changed by this unusual experience: Arky finds himself drawn to the exhibit. He returns day after day to watch other people sit with Abramović--and as he does, he begins to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616208523
Branch Call Number: ROSE H
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 23 cm


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Apr 11, 2019

Art and love...a combination that tugs. Beautiful story.

Mar 06, 2019

book group?

Feb 06, 2019

I was so moved by this novel with its rich and deeply touching observations on creativity, the meaning of life and how art can be a healing force. Two weeks later, I'm still thinking about it.

Nov 24, 2016

A deeply absorbing and intriguing novel.


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