Summer Book Club for Educators: Fortune, Power and Plunder

IMA members $5, Public $8

Join fellow teachers this summer as we discuss some great art reads on the last Friday of each month (June-August). As part of the discussion, we will go on super secret tours related to the books, hear from IMA experts, and explore other mysterious behind-the-scenes topics. We have selected books that we hope are rejuvenating (think poolside reading) and fun to talk about with other educators. We know that in the back of every educator's mind is the question, "How can I use this in the classroom?", but our main focus for this book club is on YOU, the educator, and providing opportunities to connect with peers, refresh your spirit, and have fun. Each book club meeting is eligible for 5 Professional Growth Plan (PGP) points.

Register for as many as you'd like, by contacting by the dates listed below. Space is limited to 20 participants for each session; advance registration required. The first five registered for each session will receive a bag of teacher goodies.

Make a day of it, and stay for a movie at Summer Nights.

Here's how our book club works:

  • We'll feature one book each month.
  • Read the selected book before we meet and send your questions and thoughts to us a few days before the meeting at the IMA.
  • On the dates listed below, join us as we go on super secret tours related to the books, explore other behind the scenes topics, and discuss the book with peers over a complimentary cup of coffee, tea, or glass of wine.
  • Still have a question? Contact Heidi Davis-Soylu at

Empty Mansion: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr. (2013)

Reclusive millionaire Huguette Clark was a member of the wealthy Clark family copper mining dynasty, born amid mysterious circumstances in 1906 and dying in equally mysterious circumstances in 2011. A few years before her death, she attracted national media attention when it was discovered that she had left huge, luxurious mansions unoccupied for decades, and was secretly living in a spartan hospital room, despite large cash reserves and excellent health. ~ Amazon Vine Review

Special guest TBD. Register by June 9, 2014.

Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum
by Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino (2011)

In recent years, several of America’s leading art museums have voluntarily given up their finest pieces of classical art to the governments of Italy and Greece. The monetary value is estimated at over half a billion dollars. Felch and Frammolino give us a fly-on-the-wall account of the inner workings of a world-class museum and tell the story of the Getty’s dealings in the illegal antiquities trade. ~

Special guest: Tim Carpenter. Register by July 11, 2014

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter (2011)

The most devastating damage and acts of looting of art objects took place during World War II. Carefully directed by the Fuhrer himself, the Nazi army perpetually pillaged the finest art in Europe. More than 350 allied men and women served as Monuments People. Some only armed with knowledge of the arts and antiquities, they set out to recover as much cultural history as they are able. ~

Special guest TBD. Register by Aug. 11, 2014.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN