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Visions of Venice in Art and Literature at the Ackland – SOLD OUT

September 9, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

*This event is sold out. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please email the Ackland staff at

In collaboration with the Ackland Art Museum

Join us in reading (or rereading!) Italo Calvino’s 1972 classic novel Invisible Cities, which features a fictional Marco Polo describing fascinating vignettes of his travels to an aged Kublai Khan. After you’ve read it, spend time exploring James McNeill Whistler’s captivating 1879 etchings of Venice, on view June 18-September 12 in the Ackland’s newest exhibition Visions of Venice. As the exhibition comes to a close, join us virtually for a lively art and literature discussion with the Ackland’s Director of Education and Interpretation Carolyn Allmendinger and UNC Professor Emerita of Art History Mary Pardo, where we’ll discuss the resonances between the novel and artworks.


Thursday, September 9 from 3:30-5 pm

A Virtual event with In-Person Components

Registration fee: $19 (Includes copy of Invisible Cities and shipping)

To register, visit the Ackland Art Museum’s website here

Image credit: James McNeill Whistler, American, active in England and France, 1834-1903, The Palaces (detail), 1879-1880, etching, frame: 17 15/16 x 21 7/8 x 1 ¼ in. (45.6 x 55.6 x 3.2 cm). Collection of Ambassador C.Boyden Gray, L2021.21.28.


September 9, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Carolina Public Humanities
Private: Ackland Art Museum