Saturday, August 03, 2013
The Divine Docent
After looking at some of Larry's treasures again at the Asian Art Museum this week...
...I went to the second floor where the docent above was leading a half dozen visitors through the Japanese wing.
Usually, I'm annoyed by docents and scurry to another room when they are prattling about art, though not as annoyed as my painter friend David Barnard who brings earplugs to museums. This docent was different, though, with a clear voice that was just above a whisper coupled with an intensely present aura. She let the group provide cues on the direction of discussions, and it was a bit like walking with a knowledgeable friend in an interesting conversation, rather than the usual dull, insistent docent lecture.
Her name is Pamela Fischer, and her passion for Japanese art is infectious. By the way, Sunday, August 4th (tomorrow) is free admission day at the Asian Art Museum, and if Ms. Fischer happens to be there, do tag along.