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Museum Mondays: Attendant/docent tours at the Wright Museum of Art

November 3, 2013

“What’s new?” is a question commonly asked by museum visitors. For starters, museum attendants at the Wright are now each trained to give a short docent tour, a five-minute introduction that includes each of the five galleries, a dash of museum history, and a sprinkle of art criticism.

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But wait. Back up. What’s a docent? A docent is an educated individual with knowledge and expertise who leads tours, often in a museum. Jonah Stoller’15 (above) became the first Wright student docent. He is pictured in the Hollensteiner Gallery, discussing a pair of American landscapes, and asks visitors to note the differences in style, expressive versus realistic, and theme, subjugation of nature versus succumbing to nature.

In late September, Stoller developed a docent script, which has enabled Wright Museum attendants to provide short educational tours to anyone who walks through the door. The Wright Museum of Art is a teaching museum, and in keeping with our mission, attendants not only welcome visitors, but they are now actively engaging visitors with the art that hangs in the galleries.  

When is the tour available? Anytime the galleries are open: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The attendant docent tour is fun, quick and varies slightly from student to student based on interest and expertise. So take a moment during a break between classes or over lunch and discover what’s new and let the attendants expertly guide you through our current exhibits.