A teachable moment is an unplanned opportunity that arises unexpectedly, offering insight or revelation. It may be a sidetrack from some initial intention or expectation. It occurs organically and may take one by surprise.
Most museum exhibitions strive to teach us about a specific artist, a movement or a time period. Wall labels, instructional videos and audio guides educate and offer valuable information. I enjoy learning about art from the voice inherent in the work itself and from the context in which the work is placed. The trigger for a deeply felt connection often comes from one’s own interpretation and association with individual works.