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Having been a docent for quite some time, I tend to
think the VTS method is just as valuable with an
"adult" audience as it is with children. I sometimes
get very frustrated with some docents and others who
think that touring someone is an opportunity to show
how much they know or think they know about an artist,
an "ism", etc., etc. The audience takes a brief
glance at the object, then focuses on the speaker.
The speaker becomes more important than the object.
Art as a visual experience is replaced by this
auditory droning on and on. I do a lot of research,
but more importantly I spend a lot of time with the
With really "good" art, I think less is better. The
quality of the experience far out-weighs our American
obssession with quantity. That's in reference to the
complaints by teachers that students aren't seeing
"We are each of us angels with one wing. And we can only fly by embracing each other."
Luciano de Crescenzo
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