Friday, November 16th, 2012, 12:00 p.m. November 16, 2012


November’s Book Club Book:

River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit.
Penguin Books (March 2, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0142004103, ISBN-13: 978-0142004104

November’s Book Club Events:
Thursday November 1st, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – Curatorial program with Russell Lord, Curator of Photography, Prints, and Drawings.

Friday November 16th, 2012, 12:00 p.m. – Book Club Discussion Group

Cultural historian Solnit, an original and penetrating thinker with a gift for inventive metaphors and syntactical grace … brings her fascination with the American West, photography, and technology’s impact on the environment and culture to the story of the man who made motion pictures possible, photographer Eadweard Muybridge. An Englishman turned California bookseller, superb landscape photographer, inventor, murderer (he killed his wife’s lover), and pioneer in stop-action photography and the study of animals, including humans, in motion, Muybridge is fascinating and significant, as is his turbulent milieu. Solnit recounts Muybridge’s strange life and immensely influential work within the context of the tragic war against Native Americans, and ties his achievements to the world-changing repercussions of photography and the railroads in particular, and industrialization in general. Her exhilarating argument leads her to declare that California, home of Hollywood and Silicon Valley, is the true capital of modernism, and to claim that we haven’t even begun to come to terms with its legacy: our estrangement from nature and utter immersion in the mesmerizing “river of shadows,” the endless stream of images generated via film, video, and computer. Masterly and creative, Solnit’s far-roaming synthesis is as unsettling as it is compelling. (Review from Booklist available at

To join the NOMA Book Club and to RSVP for meetings call Sheila Cork (Librarian) at 504-658-4117 or email at

The Museum shop offers a 20% discount on NOMA Book Club items when you show your book club card.

All book club discussion groups and special programs start promptly at noon. Please come at 11:30 a.m. if you would like to eat a sack lunch and chat with friends first. NOMA provides soft drinks and water.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the meetings you will be attending: 504-658-4117 or

This event is related to the exhibition Photography, Sequence, & Time.