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  • Antoinette Maclachlan

Docent since 2007

I was drawn to the docent program as a way to learn more about the art, beliefs and philosophies of the Indian Subcontinent, to stay connected to Indian culture while I’m in New York and to inspire and inform my travels when I’m in India.

I’ve had so many great tour experiences on the gallery floors. Perhaps my most fun and unique was telling Japanese kwaidan (ghost stories) on Halloween eve, by the light of an Obon lamp, in front of Noh masks on the sixth floor, with about twenty five adults and children huddled around in wonder!

Typically leads tours:

Wednesday evenings. There’s something nice about having a special series of tours on Wednesday evenings with Spiral Music in the background and the allure of a further discussion over a glass of wine after the tour!

Favorite tour themes:

Yoga; female deities and adepts.

I also like to think up new ideas for special themed tours connected with current exhibitions. I loved dreaming up the Tantra and Erotic Art tour with Francesco Clemente: Inspired by India. Allegory and Illusion and Steve McCurry: India were wonderful for sharing tales about India and its culture, both past and present. From India East was great to draw on my experience of living in Japan.

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