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Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 10, 2021

"In a society forever speeding up, slowing down has become a luxury and a challenge; a virtue and an act of rebellion. With the “slow art movement,” the art world, too, is taking stock of how a broader cultural bias toward speed and mass consumption has informed museum experiences. Studies suggest that the average museumgoer looks at an artwork for less than 30 seconds. But on “Slow Art Day” every April, museums around the world offer programming that guides visitors in looking more patiently.

At first, the slow art movement might seem rooted in meditation and mindfulness, but at its core, it is concerned with museum accessibility. 'Part of [Slow Art Day’s] mission is to make the art experience more inclusive by creating a context where people will include themselves,' [founder Phil Terry] says. 'For people who don’t feel like the traditional Western museums are designed for them, it gives them a way into the art experience. If you just slow down and look at any kind of art, you discover that you can build a relationship with it.'" -The Washington Post

Join us on April 10th to celebrate Slow Art Day and practice the art of observing! We invite you to spend at least 5 minutes with any work of art in the galleries. After 5 or 10 minutes, you may feel inclined to stay a bit longer.

If you can't make it to the galleries, we'll be sharing several 5-minute videos throughout the day on our Facebook and YouTube channel so you can participate virtually! See you then!