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Smart Reads: The Theater and its Double

Book cover for The Theater and its Double

January 25, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Virtual gathering

The Smart Museum of Art's virtual book club returns in 2023 with monthly gatherings and an updated format. 

The Smart Reads series begins in January with The Theater and its Double by Antonin Artaud, and a reflection on Richard Serra's 2009 painting Artaud from our recent exhibition Monochrome Multitudes. We invite you to read along with us and engage in a thought-provoking conversation with host Dorian H. Nash. 


FREE. To help build a community of participants, capacity is limited and advanced registration is required


About the book

The Theater and its Double by Antonin Artaud 

A collection of manifestos originally published in 1938, The Theater and its Double is the fullest statement of the ideas of Antonin Artaud. “We cannot go on prostituting the idea of the theater, the only value of which is in its excruciating, magical relation to reality and danger,” he wrote. He fought vigorously against an encroaching conventionalism he found anathema to the very concept of theater. He sought to use theater to transcend writing, “to break through the language in order to touch life.”


2023 Smart Reads Schedule

January 25, 6–7:30 pm
The Theater and its Double by Antonin Artaud

February 22, 6–7:30 pm
Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

March 29, 6–7:30 pm
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

April 26, 6–7:30 pm
Home is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

May 31, 6–7:30 pm
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong 

June 28, 6–7:30 pm
Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

July 26, 6–7:30 pm
The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

August 23, 6–7:30 pm
We Do This 'Til We Free Us by Mariame Kaba 

September 27, 6–7:30 pm
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez 

October 25, 6–7:30 pm
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

November 29, 6–7:30 pm
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

December 6, 6–7:30 pm
Year in books recap and reflection