GUIDED TOUCH TOURS

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NARR: To conduct a successful guided touch tour, limit the number in your group to six people or less. This guide leads three people to explore a sculpture by Giacometti. Notice how she begins her verbal description. She provides the title, artist, and medium. She alerts them to the pedestal beneath the sculpture. And she gives them the physical dimensions of the work.

GUIDE: Ok, here we are and we are in front of another sculpture by the artist Giacometti. This one is called Spoon Woman, and it's another bronze sculpture. It was in 1926 to 1927. Again, it's on a museum base that's about two feet high. And then the sculpture itself is about 56 inches high. And it is an abstracted figure.

NARRATOR: As the guide helps visitors to explore the statue, notice how she engages them in conversation that helps them explore their reactions to the work while she provides more art history context.

GUIDE: Let's have Dennis start right in the center, and I think we can all touch it at the same time, Doris at the back of it, Dennis is at the front, and Ann you're sort on the side.

DORIS: I feel like I'd like to roll up inside the middle.

GUIDE: Seems very inviting?

DORIS: Yes, a very attractive shape.

GUIDE: What about the texture of this compared to the texture of the dog that we saw?

DENNIS: Well, this is a smooth texture. And if this is the head, you mentioned that there's an Egyptian eye up here, the whole thing reminds me kind of an African carving.

GUIDE: And in fact Giacometti and many other sculptors that there were working in the pre-World War I time and they were very interested in Africa and Oceanic Art.

NARRATOR: On a guided touch tour, it's best if visitors can reach all parts of an object, as with this sculpture. And remember, guided touch takes time, so limit the number of objects on your tour.

 

 

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