Friday, September 26, 2008

TAM Docents: Training Schedule for Oct - Dec 2008

Hello Docents-

I have attached the training calendar for October – December, 2008. I have also copied it below, in case there are any problems with opening it. I will be mailing this out to you as well but I wanted you to be aware of the training scheduled on Sunday, October 5 for Dia de los Muertos so that you can get it on your calendars. We will be sitting in on the Altar Workshop with potential altar-making participants to learn more background about this tradition.

Thank you and have a great weekend!




Please notify Jana (272.4258 x3030 or in advance if you are unable to attend training.


Know More Art:

Docents asked to attend at least 3 of the 6 Know More Art lectures in the series. Docents will receive 50% off the cost. You can register with Jana ahead of time or you can pay on the day of the lecture and still get the discounted price.

For more information on the Know More Art lecture series, please refer to the Fall 2008 Museum Notes or This is great information for the Oasis exhibition.


Additional Workshops and lectures

Information on a number of additional, lectures and workshops are included in the calendar below. Please use these opportunities to strengthen your knowledge and count attendance at these events towards your volunteer time and independent study hours.


Required Training

Sunday, October 5,
1 – 2 pm

Altar Workshop for Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Since the museum will continue to observe Dia de los Muertos, it will be helpful for everyone to be knowledgeable about this tradition.  This workshop training will provide an overview of the meanings and layers of altars on display during DOD. Meet in the Classroom.


Tuesday, October 7,

6- 7 pm

 Magi and Masquerade
This lecture will introduce the concept of western artists looking east by examining Renaissance and Baroque precedents. Because the East was also the Holy Land, religious painters such as the Bellinis, Durer, and Rembrandt used turbans and camels to enliven their biblical scenes.

Required Training

Monday, October 13, 10:30 – 12:30 pm

Speaking Parts walk-through with Margaret Bullock and a walk-through of Oasis

Highly Recommended

for upcoming exhibition

Sunday, October 12,
2 – 3:30 pm

at Seattle Public Library

David Macaulay on his newest publication “The Way We Work”
Downtown Seattle Public Library, 4th Avenue

David Macaulay: The Way He Works will be the feature exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum January 17-June 14, 2009. Macaulay is best known for the international bestseller "The Way Things Work," presents a visual journey through the human body. Macaulay's numerous awards include a MacArthur "genius" grant and a Caldecott Medal for "Black and White."

Paula invites you will stop to her house in south Seattle for soup, bread, and beverages. 4-6pm.  Please rsvp by October 9th
4742 35th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – four miles south downtown Seattle, easy access from I-5.   206-722-2074


Tuesday, October 14,

6- 7 pm

Napoleon’s ill-fated military campaign in Egypt (1798–1801) sparked an inexorable fascination with ancient Egyptian art. Obelisks, sphinxes, and winged goddesses appeared in paintings and became motifs in decorative arts and architecture.


Thursday, October 16,

6 pm

Donald Fels on Trading Stories
Northwest artist Donald Fels discusses how his work has evolved over the past two decades leading up to the signboard paintings in his current exhibition at the museum, as well as the recent paintings on view at the UW Tacoma Gallery.

For Fun!!

Friday, October 17,

12 pm

Join Frye docents for lunch in the café and get to know your volunteer colleagues from another museum. Please RSVP to Jana by Wednesday, October 15 at or 253.272.4258 x3030.


Tuesday, October 21,

6- 7 pm

 Orientalism and the Grande Odalisque
A taste for the exotic prevailed in nineteenth-century France even among painters who never set foot in North Africa. Delacroix and Renoir sketched Algerian women from life, while Ingres invented his odalisques. Why did harem scenes so intoxicate the painters and collectors of this time?


Tuesday, October 28,

6- 7 pm

Academic Instruments
Though sometimes forgotten, the art of European Academies resonated both aesthetically and politically with its contemporary audience. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century artists, such as Jacques-Louis David, who fueled the fires of the French Revolution and buttressed Napoleon’s campaign to forge an empire with his canvasses, will be discussed in this lecture.


Tuesday, November 4,

6- 7 pm

National Identity: Us and Them
More than rendering the beauty of the natural world, the genre of landscape painting depicts place: ours and theirs. This lecture reveals how this genre was instrumental in the construction of national identities in the nineteenth century, drawing upon the work of key artists such as Caspar David Friedrich and Albert Bierstadt.

Highly Recommended for background to Oasis

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Second Tuesday: Through Others' Eyes: Ottomans and the West Seeing Each Other
There is a long history of European writers and artists describing and portraying the vast multiethnic Ottoman Empire that dominated the Near East and North Africa. What is less well known is that there was a similar tradition of Ottoman writers and painters representing the West. Ottomanist scholars Selim Kuru and Walter G. Andrews, from the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the UW, discuss these representations and the realities behind them.


Tuesday, Nov. 11,
 6 – 7 pm

Postcolonialism and the Voices of "Others"
Since the 1960s, with a strength like none other in history, the voices of the marginalized have obliged the world to listen. This lecture will trace a trajectory from art inspired by the civil rights movement, through feminism, to contemporary postcolonial critiques.


Saturday, November 15, 1:30–4 pm

Melding Currents: Donald Fels and South Indian Sign Painters
Samuel Parker, Associate Professor at UW Tacoma and exhibition catalogue essayist, discusses how images in What Is a Trade? relate to historical changes in perceptions about the East and West in postcolonial India and the correlation between fi ne and commercial arts. He will be followed by Gary Hamilton, Professor of Sociology at UW Seattle, who will consider how global trade changes in ideologies and innovation.

Required Training

Monday, November 17, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Select an artist in Speaking Parts to research and present to the other docents. Sign up with Jana for the artist of your choice (though I would like to get everyone to do someone different).  For those that cannot attend, you are still required to do the project and send in a written presentation to share with the group.


There will no docent training during the month of December. I will get the Winter/Spring training schedule out to you before January 2009.



The Surrealist Impulse: New Acquisitions from the Tacoma Art Museum Collection (curated by Rock Hushka)

September 6, 2008 – May 10, 2009

Street Gallery


Oasis: Western Dreams of the Ottoman Empire from the Dahesh Museum of Art (curated by Margaret Bullock)

September 20, 2008 – January 4, 2009

Boeing Weyerhaeuser Gallery


Speaking Parts: Conversations between Works in the Collection (curated by Margaret Bullock)

October 4, 2008 – November 2010

Russell Gallery


What Is a Trade? Donald Fels and Signboard Painters of South India (curated by Rock Hushka)

September 13, 2008 – January 18, 2009

Annie's Gallery




The Surrealist Impulse: New Acquisitions from the Tacoma Art Museum Collection (curated by Rock Hushka)

September 6, 2008 – May 10, 2009

Street Gallery



David Macaulay: The Way He Works (curated by Margaret Bullock and Paula McArdle)

January 17 – June 14, 2009

Boeing Weyerhaeuser Gallery


Speaking Parts: Conversations between Works in the Collection (curated by Margaret Bullock)

October 4, 2008 – November 2010

Russell Gallery


The 9th Northwest Biennial 2009 (curated by Rock Hushka)

January 31 – May 25, 2009

Annie's Gallery




Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden (curated by Rock Hushka)

June 27 - October 11, 2009

Boeing Weyerhaeuser Gallery


Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection (curated by Rock Hushka)

June 6 – September 13, 2009

Annie's Gallery


Speaking Parts: Conversations between Works in the Collection (curated by Margaret Bullock)

October 4, 2008 – November 2010

Russell Gallery


2009 Neddy Artist Fellowship (curated by Rock Hushka)

May 23 – September 27, 2009

Street Gallery



The ARC does a lot of research on websites for the exhibitions that can be accessed through the website. To enhance your knowledge, please visit:

Even if you do not have internet access at home, the ARC has 2 public computers and you are welcome to come in on your own or access those during your shifts.



Jana Wennstrom

Volunteer Programs Coordinator


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Tacoma, Washington 98402

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