There is this scene in the The Goldfinch. A lost boy walks into a shop for the first time: old furniture everywhere, paintings, books strew about, the acrid scent of age on the air. He feels a thrill in his heart, the thrill of feeling at home for the first time, at home amongst objects of great beauty.
I’ve never been able to find such a feeling in real life, as establishments of knowledge, class and beauty oddly elude me as I shuffle from one kiosco to the next in search of a cheese sandwich. But MALBA is putting on an event that may come close, turning their gallery into a reading lounge for one glorious evening.
The event is the second of its kind at the museum, meant to allow people to unplug literally and figuratively from their electronic lives. Sponsored by Disconnect—Argentine (“an initiative that suggests a way of life more balanced between the world of technology and the real world”) and is part of a greater trend of silent reading parties that have sprung up around the world to combat the addiction to all things digital. A safe space, as it were, from your friends’ Snapchat stories, where you can at any time unwittingly feature wearing your pajamas to work (theoretically).
The premise of the event is simple, to celebrate the alleged arrival of spring MALBA will open up its central hall, complete with pillows and rugs and sofas for a few hours of reading. All you have to do is bring your favorite tome, put down instagram, and curl up.
September 20th, 6 PM to 9:30 PM