Thursday, January 24, 2013

TAM docents: Follow-up from Kenna training

Hello, docents:


Nice to see many of you yesterday for our training with Rabbi Bruce Kadden from Temple Beth El, focused on Michael Kenna’s images of concentration camps. Here is a little more info about Rabbi Bruce: He can also be reached by email at, and is happy to answer any additional questions you have.


I added some more of the resources that we discussed yesterday onto the sheet I passed out, so I’ve attached an updated version for both those who didn’t and those who did attend yesterday’s training. There are some great sources out there for learning more about the history of the Holocaust and the camps, and for teaching/learning about such events through art. The resource sheet includes the label copy for that section of the exhibition, and I’m also attaching the complete label text for this second rotation.


Several of you expressed interest in a transcription of the Michael Kenna audio guide, should that be available—and Kara has graciously offered to transcribe it for us! Thank you again, Kara. She expects to have that soon; in the meanwhile, if you haven’t yet, you can listen to the second rotation audio guide here: or ask to borrow an audio guide next time you’re at the museum.


Our next two upcoming trainings in the month of February are recommended, but not required, and I am giving you a break on what would be our next required training: Wed, Feb 13—no training! (Consider it my Valentine’s gift to you. J) There’s been quite a lot going on in January, and the two recommended opportunities in Feb are really great, if you can make it:


Highly Recommended


February 9, 2 pm

Lecture: The Art and Life of Andy Warhol

Join Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, to learn more about the life and work of this iconic artist. Docents receive student rate of $5.

Highly Recommended


February 23, 1 pm

Symposium: Crafting Public Spaces for Art

Join us on the opening day of Drawing Line Into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the BNY Mellon Collection to hear local experts discuss the philosophy and planning that go into creating a public art collection. Docents receive student rate of $10.


Thanks again for all you,



Courtney Vowels | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public and Docent Programs Manager


T: 253.272.4258 x3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402


“everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it”

Quoted by Confucius. Embraced by Warhol.


Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna’s Photography
October 6, 2012 – March 24, 2013


Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma
November 3, 2012 – February 10, 2013



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