I'm posting this here instead of in a "pm" because others may find this an interesting discussion.
OK. So you remember I'm a docent at the art museum now, right? Well, there's this big exhibit opening tomorrow on Frank Lloyd Wright...furnishings, fixtures, lighting, etc. I just got back from the Member's Opening and a first look. It's all very interesting, and I'll get more info on Thursday when they hold a Continuing Ed session for the docents. (People expect us to know more than they do about this stuff...imagine that.) The Continuing Ed session will give us talking points and also lots of seemingly esoteric background stuff that no one is likely to ask us about and most of the docents ignore anyway unless it happens to be a personal interest of theirs.
So...(stop rambling and get to the point, Eva!)...I picked up a printed schedule of public programs tied to the exhibit, and lo and behold, there was my name. On January 12, it says, I am supposed to give a gallery talk comparing the villa (the museum was originally a 1920s home designed after an Italian Renaissance villa) and Frank Lloyd Wright's 1920s residential designs.
WHOA, BABY! When they asked me about doing a gallery talk in January, they said they wanted me to talk about the villa's Great Hall, a subject I actually have researched and presented as part of my docent training. However, other than spending 1 hour tonight going through the new exhibit, I have never even thought about FLW's residential designs. I am not an architect, nor am I the slightest bit knowledgable about FLW. I bet at least half of the membership of A2K knows more about FLW than I do...especially the Chicago members.
So, I am torn. I figure I have three options. One, I can storm up to the Education Dep't. office and demand to know whose bright idea this was, to put an untested newbie like me on a program without checking, and refuse to do it. (Then, of course, I might as well resign as a docent. I'll never get any help from the Ed. Dep't. again.) Two, I can show up at the appointed time and tell the audience there must have been a mistake on the program, and I'm here to talk about what I volunteered to present in the first place. (You can't fire a volunteer, right?
Again, though, I'll make enemies in the wrong places.) And then there's Three. I can buck up and try to cram for it, expressing my displeasure privately to the Ed. Dep't. people while asking them for study materials.
Okay, so now you know why I'm here.
What can you tell me about FLW's 1920s residential designs? In plain English, please. I figure if they want an expert, they should've asked someone from the AIA. (They have AIA staff doing other lectures, etc.) The docents explain stuff to the great unwashed public.