Bonnie Pittman contributed to one of my fondest memories from a Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art. Late Night schedules are so packed that it is really tough to participate in every activity. For three consecutive months, I had promised myself I was going to take the Insomniac Tour. The night I finally made it, Bonnie was the tour guide. I had seen her a few times around the museum, but had not recalled ever having a personal conversation with her. Really, who just saunters over and chats up the Eugene McDermott Director?
On this particular tour, Bonnie took us to one of her favorite pieces of contemporary art. Her face beamed with excitement as she shared this artwork with us. Her eyes twinkled as she told us she sometimes sneaks away to enjoy this piece, when gifted a rare break in her day.
My first impression of Bonnie’s tour style was that she really cares to speak with us about the art; not just to us. I really saw the piece in a different light, and would later bring a friend back to pass on Bonnie’s insights.
My second impression was that Bonnie is real hoot at night! I was not surprised to later learn that she is a night person.
As Bonnie engaged our group in further exploring this piece, I thought it would be fun to send a Tweet about how jazzed I was to have finally made an Insomniac Tour and to have Bonnie leading that tour. I was distracted for a couple seconds and did not realize Bonnie had chosen to use me as a physical prop as she demonstrated an artistic concept. Needless to say, I was thrown off kilter for a bit. Bonnie didn’t miss a beat in her explanation, or make me feel foolish, as she kept me from tipping over.
Her enthusiasm was so effusive that I remember later walking arm and arm with her, gushing about how I wished I too could work day-to-day around such magnificent works of art.
For more images of Ms. Pitman in action at the Dallas Museum of Art see A Few Minutes with Outgoing Dallas Museum of Art Director Bonnie Pitman.