Thursday, April 04, 2013

Hello again docents:


Apologies; I wanted to get this out to you sooner, but we have had a busy week preparing for the slew of Eric Carle opening programs this weekend! Looking forward to seeing many of you in the next couple days. Here’s a reminder about upcoming trainings, including a special preview walk-thru with the Eric Carle Museum’s curator tomorrow! Unfortunately due to childcare needs I will not be able to be here for this program, but Museum Educator Ryan Branchini will be your museum contact for this training. He and Nick will meet you at the entrance to the exhibition at 2 pm. If you cannot come Friday but can come Saturday, Nick will be doing a more formal presentation on the Carle Museum.


Required Training


April 5, 2 pm

Training: Preview walk-through of Eric Carle exhibition

Join The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s Chief Curator Nick Clark for this private docent walk-through of the exhibition before it opens to the public on Saturday.

Highly Recommended


April 6, 2 pm

Curator Lecture: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Learn more about Eric Carle on the opening day of his exhibition Beyond Books. Hear from Nick Clark, Chief Curator of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, as he discusses the artist and the museum in Amherst, MA that Carle and his wife Barbara founded in 2002. Cost: Free with museum admission.

Highly Recommended


April 7, 1 pm

Beyond Books: A Conversation with Eric Carle

at Philip Hall, in partnership with UW Tacoma

Book signing to follow at Tacoma Art Museum, 3 pm

Join Tacoma Art Museum for a conversation with renowned author, illustrator, and fine artist Eric Carle as he discusses the remarkable variety of paintings, sculptures, and sketches he has been making privately for over 60 years. Cost: $20 ($15 for members, $10 for students).

Required Training


April 10, 10:30 am

Director Lecture: The “Art Art” of Eric Carle
Best known for his children’s books, Eric Carle has also been creating a remarkable variety of fine art—what he calls his “Art Art”—for years, and it is on view at Tacoma Art Museum through July 7. Join Museum Director Stephanie A. Stebich to learn more about the independent art of this beloved author, illustrator, and artist. Free for docents. (This is also a public program.)


I’ve also attached the text panels and checklist for the Carle exhibition.


Finally, a belated thanks to those of you who came to our field trip at the Henry! I had a blast, and I know that Feney and Halinka had a great time with you as well. I am in talks with Halinka about potentially doing a training with us in the coming year, as she was a particularly fabulous discussion facilitator and exhibition guide. I’m also posting below some info that Feney sent in follow-up, regarding some of the links she mentioned related to Pipilotti Rist and the Henry’s installation:


How the piece was installed:


Her opinion is: Arts task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensuousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities and to destroy clich├ęs and prejudices. bio


Les Reines Prochaines 1988-1994-Band member of “ It was all about political statements, rebellion against the bourgeois society and, last but not least, about feminist aesthetics and action.” “They view themselves as multimedia musicians who transport their colorful prose via channels other than music.”


“With this work I want to generate a burst of awareness in the minds of viewers, I want to send them the softness and get them to put their personal problems aside... Spectators are expected to achieve a state of flux in which many (other) things suddenly seem possible.” Pipilotti Rist


I will send the upcoming shifts calendar in a separate email, momentarily.


Thanks for all you do!



Courtney Vowels | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public and Docent Programs Manager


T: 253.272.4258 x3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402



Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle
April 6–July 7



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