Gallery Seminars

Photo credit: Steve Starnes and the San Antonio Museum of Art


****Seminars are open discussions on the books not lectures.  For a better conversational experience and greater overall satisfaction, selections should be read prior to the seminars.****

Art By the Book at the San Antonio Museum of Art: October 9th, 2016

Explore the many connections between Art and Literature at SAMA!  Event begins with a private tour of artworks in the Museum collections related to the Book, followed by a Seminar conversation in the galleries. To top it off, we will then enjoy a delicious brunch at “Sketch”, the Museum’s pop-up restaurant.

Selection for October: 

Raise the Red Lantern (Wives and Concubines), by Su Tong.  (novella)  + Raise the Red Lantern, Yimpou Zhang (film adaptation)

In 1920s or 30s China, four wives caught in a polygamous marriage compete with each other for power within a traditional patriarchal household. Issues of class, gender and sexual hierarchies, and questions about the role of destiny, emerge in the haunting atmosphere of the household.

Connections to other literary works

Raise the Red Lantern is commonly associated with other works of magical realism, such as Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Jorge, Luis Borges, Julio Cortazar and Luisa Valenzuela.


Friday, October 28th, 2016| Chinese and Contemporary Art galleries

For more information or to register: email, or call the San Antonio Museum of Art at 210-978-8121.



Past events:

August 14, 2016: Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi  











April 9th 2016: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude








Future Seminars and Exhibitions TBD. Please the SAMA website ( for calendar listings.


Location: All sessions take place in the SAMA galleries associated with the readings.

Your Hosts: David Saussy of Symposium Great Books Institute will lead the seminars.


Per seminar:
$15 | members
$25 | non-members

Registration fee includes brunch, a gallery talk, a copy of the reading, and the seminar.

For more information or to register: email, or call the San Antonio Museum of Art at 210-978-8121.  Please the SAMA website ( for calendar listings.

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