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Stella Inspires Moby-Dick Marathon


For four days in mid-September, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is hosting a continuous marathon reading of the entirety of Moby-Dick, arguably the greatest American novel. The reading is of course inspired by the museum’s current Frank Stella retrospective, which commits a sizable chunk of gallery space to Stella’s Moby-Dick series (1986–97). Appropriately, the reading takes place during the last days of the show’s run.

Melville’s 1851 novel will be read by a number of volunteer friends of the museum, including artists and writers, each one taking on one or more chapters to read aloud amidst Stella’s works. (There are 135 chapters in Moby-Dick, so expect dozens of different readers. Individual readings are expected to last anywhere from five to twenty minutes.)

There are still some spots open for volunteers. Contact modernreading@themodern.org if interested, or go here for info.

Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, September 15, 10 am–5 pm

Friday, September 16, 10 am–7 pm

Saturday, September 17, 10 am–5 pm

Sunday, September 18, 10 am–5 pm (unless finished earlier)

Go here for more info.

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