The Washington Lab School hosts an annual event called "The Power of Art",
through a competition basis, they invite teachers from all over the country.
The Lab Schools focus is on children who learn differently for various reasons
Normally Robert Rauchenberg is the featured artist because of his generous
support of the school. Last year, he was unable to make it and his good
friend Chuck Close agreed to attend. We had dinner at the National Gallery
viewing Close's work and we (30 +) teachers were given the opportunity to have
a discussion with Chuck Close as well as lunch with him. It was a fabulous
opportunity and Chuck continues to be a very "real person" dealing with his
physical challenges and his artist success and challenges. I have enormous
respect and that adds to the power of his oversize works. The retrospective
at the Hirshorn was fabulous and a guard came up to tell me what a nice guy he
was and they had met all his family. How often does that happen. Now that's
bigger than life!