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By The Queen of Free
Last Friday I took my lunch hour to dash over to the Rotunda at the West Building of the National Gallery of Art to hear a talk about Vincent van Gogh’s letters.
I got there a few minutes early and wandered about the Rotunda, viewing and thinking about the 15th century (I think it was) large religious panels on exhibit and loan from Italy because of a flood.
I admired the art, the history, the dainty colorful flowers surrounding the fountain (what is lovelier than a daffodil?), the fragrance, the symmetry and wondered where in the heck the van Gogh group was.
No one else was coming to listen to van Gogh? Impossible.
A few minutes after the announced hour of 1 p.m. I approached the Information Desk and was told the lecture had been moved to the East Building.
The East Building? The East Building.
Do you know how close the East Building is to the West Building? If Goliath or Mark McGuire on steroids is pitching, it’s a stone’s throw away .
I raced to the East Building (followed by two other misinformed visitors) and after going through purse inspection again, and after asking a Gallery receptionist, and running up to the mezzanine where I asked a guard, and on up more stairs to the tippy top floor where I asked another guard who pointed me in the right direction, I huffed and puffed and limped my way in to the lecture already in progress.
It was 1:12 p.m.
It is certainly possible that the Gallery issued a change of location notice, but I was unable to find it in my “inbox.”
I am truly grateful for the wonderful lectures and art and building and staff and flowers and movies and everything else of the National Gallery of Art, however, I welcome the right spot at the right time, too, thank you very much.
Below is the email notice I received last week from the Gallery about the lecture:
Subject: Events for the Week of January 11-17, 2010
Sent: Mon 1/11/2010 5:07 AM
From: National Gallery of Art Gallery Talks/Lectures [[email protected]]
January 15 at 1:00 pm
Van Gogh in His Own Words
David Gariff (50 minutes)
West Building Main Floor, Rotunda