Meet Erich, one of our incredible tour guides in Washington, D.C.!
Museum Hack: What are three fun facts about you most people don’t know?
As a military brat, I lived on the coast of North Carolina, on the island of Okinawa in Japan, and in San Diego. Those experiences have carried over: I got a tattoo of a line of poetry I learned in Japan (the line translates to “all are different, all are good”) and have developed a deep fondness for beaches, good seafood, and fresh tortillas.
My one true nerdy love is the study of dress as a cultural tool, art form, and mode of self expression. I geek out hardcore over global costume, high fashion, and personal style.
I’m also super into the folk arts of my heritage: Irish and Pennsylvania Deutsch. I’ve dabbled in playing the tin whistle, learning Irish dance, and quilting (which makes me a fourth generation quilter). I LOVE Irish dance dress embroidery and traditional Pennsylvania Deutsch folk art.
Museum Hack: If you had to be trapped in the Museum overnight, what would you do?
Dance through the marble halls of the National Gallery of Art to loud music as if I were in a low-level amateur modern dance company, or like Barbara Streisand in Bergdorf Goodman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqpcedow950)
Museum Hack: If you could work at any other museum, which one would you choose?
The Jewish Museum in NYC. Their collection is impeccable and the annual Purim Ball is always an event planner’s wet dream come true.
Museum Hack: If you were to be reincarnated as an animal, which would it be and why?
Easy: red panda. Mischievous, fuzzy, lazy, and playful: everything I aspire to be in human form.
Museum Hack: If you could have a drink with one person in history for 15 minutes, who would it be and what would you drink?
Sylvia Plath wrote in her journal that she liked to hang out with friends in a garden, drinking sherry and reading poetry to each other. I’d want in on that.
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