Tuesday, January 06, 2009

TAM Docents: David Macaulay notes from 1-5

Hello Docents-

Thanks to all of you who attended yesterday’s training and offered your valuable feedback regarding several questions brought up by myself and Paula. We really appreciate your insights! Attached are the meeting notes from the training (Thanks Gaard!). Out next required all docent training is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4 at 10:30 am when we will be doing a walk-through of the Biennial exhibition and, thanks to Karin’s inquiry, a walk-through of the Macaulay exhibition as well. Between now and then we still have the following:

Required if you missed Seattle Lecture

Tuesday, January 13,

7 pm


Tacoma Public Library Downtown Branch

Book Discussion & Signing with David Macaulay
Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, Olympic Room
David Macaulay discusses his newest release, The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body. Books will be available for sale and signing at the library.  This program is free and no registration is required. Visit www.tacomapubliclibrary.org for directions and parking.

Required training for docents who weren’t here for Fife’s exhibition in 2004


Thursday, January 15, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Scott Fife Third Thursday Lecture:
Leroy and Beyond: Cardboard Constructions by Scott Fife
Scott Fife, the artist who created the twelve-foot-tall cardboard dog Leroy, the Big Pup, has also created the more macabre tableau Dresser with Drapes and Landscape currently on view in The Surrealist Impulse. Fife will discuss his use of cardboard as a material, the ideas behind his sculptures, and his most recent projects.

Interested in coming to Happy Hour in the café before the lecture? Happy Hour starts at 5:30 – Please RSVP to Jana by January 13 and I will get us the necessary table space.

For Fun!!

Friday, January 16,

1: 30 pm – 2:15 pm

Behind the Scenes of Tacoma Art Museum - tour with Registrar Michelle Kinney. Space is limited to 20 participants but I will try to offer this again in the Spring when Michelle returns from her maternity leave.
Please RSVP. I will need RSVPs by January 1 (after that, I will open up any available slots to all volunteers)


Saturday, January 31

6:30 pm

Jurying the Biennial
What is the process for jurying an exhibition? How are decisions made when there is more than one juror? What happens if the jurors disagree? Prior to the opening celebration for The 9th Northwest Biennial, join jurors Alison de Lima Greene, Curator of Contemporary Art and Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum’s Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art, for a discussion about the process for selecting Biennial participants. Get an insider’s view on how their different backgrounds and approaches complemented each other, where they disagreed, and how they reached a consensus.
Cost is $10 and includes admission to the Members’ Opening. Free for members, but RSVP requested.


Thank you for all that you do for Tacoma Art Museum!



Jana Wennstrom
Volunteer Programs Coordinator
T: 253.272.4258 x3030






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