Book Reading: Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art

cover_whitaker_museumlegsThis Thursday, October 1 at 6 pm, the Brooks is very pleased to welcome author Amy Whitaker as she talks about her book Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art, a collection of essays about political and economic questions around museums, approached at a human scale for a generalist reader, in an irreverent and engaging way.

The evening will be a relaxed, light-hearted reading from her book and discussion on museum culture.  Admission to the event is $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and includes a glass of wine.  Call 544.6208 for details.

“If you’ve ever considered going to an art museum and then thought, errr, I’ll do something else… If you’ve ever arrived at one and left a little glazed and confused…  Then this is your story.

Museum Legs—taken from a term for “art fatigue”—starts with a question: Why do people get bored and tired in art museums and why does that matter?  As Whitaker writes in this humorous and incisive collection of essays, museums matter for reasons that have less to do with art as we know it and more to do with business, politics, and the age-old question of how to live.”

Whitaker is the perfect docent—wise, wry, and engaging.  Her essays are as captivating as the artworks they describe.

Daniel Gilbert
Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Author of Stumbling on Happiness

Whitaker writes with such wit and style—I was completely absorbed and laughed and nodded in equal measure. Really, I loved it.

Sophie Howarth
Director, The School of Life

Whitaker’s thoughtful and intriguing essays are a reminder of the gifts of moments of reflection, insight, and pleasure that museums can offer to society, and the missed opportunities if we aren’t ever mindful of what museums can accomplish.

Gail C. Andrews
Director, Birmingham Museum of Art


Amy Whitaker has an M.B.A. from Yale and an M.F.A in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has worked in art museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate, and for a well-known artist and a well-known hedge fund.  This is her first book.

Read more at about the book at


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