Have you taken your daily tour?

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Museum staff enjoy a tour of Emerald Cities with curator Dr. Forrest McGill.

This past Friday, Chief Curator Forrest McGill took the staff of the Asian Art Museum on a tour of Emerald Cities. Such staff tours are a bit of a tradition after each exhibition opening — with all the busy schedules around here it can be surprising hard to find time to actually look at the art!

Guided tours are a great way to experience an exhibition because they are often full of the casual asides and colorful anecdotes that don’t make for official label copy. Friday’s tour included long digressions on the social meaning of footwear in Burma, jovial Thai wordplay, and the always intriguing discussion of what’s with all the silly painted rabbits?

Curators aren’t always on hand to tell these tales, but our fabulous museum docents make equally lively guides and are dying to dish out some juicy details to your waiting ears. We have docent-led 45 minute long tours of Emerald Cities taking place place daily at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, and all tours are free with admission. How good a deal is that?

Museum staff, led by Dr. Forrest McGill, admire the mythical goose from Emerald Cities.

Museum staff, led by Dr. Forrest McGill, admire the mythical goose from Emerald Cities.

One Response to “Have you taken your daily tour?”

  1. Mark  on November 10th, 2009 at 8:44 am

    It is an irony that people who work in arts institutions often forget to take time out and look at what is around them. It is very easy to get blasé. remember this from my time working in an auction house.


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