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Thursday, March 24, 2005

Explicate This, Sucker

Here at From the Floor we love docents. The earnestness, the delivery of information using the best techniques of nineteenth-century stagecraft, the inability to stay on topic, the misinformation that gets disseminated--it's all great stuff.

The only thing we love more than docents is poking fun at docents. That's why we're big fans of Andrea Fraser's performances as Ms. Jane Castleton. Her formal readings of art museum drinking fountains raise the bar on all public education activities.

Given that background, I was pleased to see this announcement come across my desk yesterday. Next week the Sheldon in Lincoln, NE, is giving visitors the chance to compete for the title of world's worst (or best, depending on how you view it) docent. Here are the details:

Ever wonder where the stories behind the art come from? Think you could spin a better tale? Then come ready to put your creative talent to good use and join the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery on Friday April 1, 2005 for its monthly first Friday event. We're hosting a contest for the most creative and humorous interpretation of a piece of artwork to align with our April Fool’s theme. The event is from 5:00 –7:00 p.m. We will be accepting contest entries until 6:30 p.m. with the prize being awarded at 6:50 p.m. We hope to see you here!
Hope to see you there indeed. For once I'm sorry that I'm not going to be in Lincoln next week.

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