The second in our series of getting to know the people behind the job titles.
The current exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, ‘What Are You Like?’ asks celebrities to illustrate some of their likes and a pet aversion – the results are hanging at the end of the Gallery (and some images or them are on the side bar).
Dulwich OnView asked some of the Gallery staff to reveal themselves in text.
Ian Dejardin, Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery
1. Animal – Dogs, dogs, dogs – much nicer than people
2. Book – Miss Marjoribanks, by Margaret Oliphant (but my inner child says: Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome, and 7 years of my life were spent in the Lake District to prove it.)
3. Clothes – A cunning mixture of the occasional expensive Margaret Howell piece + cheap Japanese (Muji + Uniqlo, both completely wonderful at the moment) Ian talked about Margaret Howell in his last article in DOV too.
4. Comfort – Food
5. Food – Mashed potato (see no. 4)
6. Pastime – Tennis, skating, piano playing, reading7. Place – ‘Le Truc Vert’ – a campsite on the Bay of Arcachon, west of Bordeaux
8. Possession - my digital piano
9. Music - For playing myself on no. 8: John Ireland, Brahms, Grieg; on ipod: Judy Garland, Doris Day, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Teddy Thompson, Rufus Wainwright (odd, I know).
10. Shoes – comfortable, by Camper
11. Weather – sunny, but not too hot.
12. Pet aversion – People who use the word ‘I’ in the accusative, eg: “so-and-so is coming in to have a meeting with Reginald and I”; or “the letter was delivered to Eric and I yesterday”. This is apparently UNIVERSAL; even the BBC does it (but then what grammatical horror isn’t the BBC capable of these days?). PEOPLE, PLEASE stop it – you are all driving me mad; it literally makes me feel ill to hear this. What you mean is Reginald and ME, Eric and ME. You wouldn’t say ‘so-and-so is coming in to have a meeting with I’ , now would you? So why should the presence of Reginald make any difference??? I spend my life mentally correcting this, dozens of times a day.
Well, you did ask….
What is it about dogs??
Kate Knowles, head of communications, revealed herself last week. Have a look
Its the Curator, Xavier Salomon’s turn on Friday.
More from Ian about What Are You Like?
What are you Like? Competition!
Tell us what you are like and win a signed giclée print by one of the contributors to the What Are You Like? exhibition by entering our online competition. Closing date 9 December 2008
See what others have done on the Flickr online gallery