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Reflections by Tess Altman ’17, volunteer in the FDAC Docent Program

Note: The FDAC Docent Program has been a stronghold within the Friends’ mission for over four decades. Each fall, FDAC docents (both Wesleyan students and other members of our community) give tours of the DAC gallery exhibitions and other Wesleyan spaces to fourth graders from Middletown-area schools.

Exhibit One — Call to Action: American Posters in WWI

  1.  The gold shield with an eagle on it is in fact a very very large quarter.
  2. Advertisements sell us “cheap stuff.”
  3. As we leave the DAC, it is raining and therefore we must shriek and scream bloody murder — it only makes sense, really.

Exhibit Two – A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair

  1. Sometimes icebergs look like pizza. Sometimes everything looks like pizza when it’s almost lunchtime.
  2. The fight for a certain colored pencil is respectful, but intense.

Exhibit Three — Center for East Asian Studies: Not of This World

  1. When told to picture one’s “happy, relaxed place” in the meditation room, that location is often a fast food chain — sometimes it’s McDonalds, other times it’s FroyoWorld. One day you might meditate to a Big Mac and the next to sprinkles and Oreo crumbs.
  2. We like ghosts. Ghosts are cool.
  3. I draw a pretty mean smiley face (or so I hear).
  4. Eleven year olds can go to college and therefore could hypothetically go to Wesleyan. But only if one is a ‘child prodigy’
Am I a child prodigy? Nope.
Am I Eleven? Nope.
Am I Eighteen? Close.
Am I Nineteen? Yes.
Do I live here (in the Tatami Room)? No. I wish.                                                       


If I did live there, I could perpetually dream of frozen yogurt and French fries, but, alas, I only get to dream like this once a week — with fourth graders.


IMAGE: Tula Telfair, “Civilization Could Not Do Without It,” 2014, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 inches.

Tula Telfair, Civilization Could Not Do Without It, 2014, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 inches. Currently on view in Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan through December 7.
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