Frameworks and the Decorative Arts: A Strategy for Organizing Docent-led Tours (2017 Montreal)

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, DC

Presenters from Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens will share their docent organizational strategies, called frameworks, for creating engaging and focused tours of decorative arts collections. In this session, docents will discover how the estate-collection-collector framework can organize a tour's "big picture." Additionally, docents will find out about how the style-function-production framework can organize a docent's understanding of decorative art objects and the people connected to them. Session participants will explore how the frameworks can create a sound, reliable structure for communicating with visitors, and connect decorative arts objects to the stories about the people who owned, used, and created them.

Presenters: Audra Kelly and Lisa Leyh

Theme Category: Touring Techniques