A couple of weeks ago, I found myself "accidentally" on a tour with the curator of a new exhibit and a group of friends of a Buffalo art museum. Now, I could have gone through the museum on my own, reading the labels and support materials and I'm sure I would have gotten a lot out of the experience. But a self-guided tour simply cannot compare with a tour led by the woman who worked for several years prior to the exhibit's opening. By tagging along on this curator-led tour, I got to hear first hand some of her insights about the research, the recounting of conversations she had with artists and other museums, and the thought process that led to selecting these works instead of other works from the same artists or time period. Just as it is interesting to watch documentaries about "the making of" a movie or play, this tour which was through the exhibit and ABOUT the exhibit was fascinating. Studio tours where you get to watch the artist work have a similar effect on me as do opportunities to meet authors.