The Rubin Museum in New York has been a longtime leader in the Slow Art Day movement.
In 2016, they published a short terrific article with tips on slow looking. You can read this article from two years ago here:
SLOW ART DAY: MAKE YOUR NEXT MUSEUM VISIT MORE MINDFUL
The Rubin, not surprisingly, understands how hard it is for most people to slow down. “It’s not easy for most people to sit with one piece of art for more than a few moments.”
They emphasize that this activity, if practiced continuously, will bring great joy for decades. “…the deep looking encouraged during Slow Art Day is a lifelong skill that will continue to provide rewarding experiences in museums and galleries for years to come.”
We couldn’t agree more.
We think this simple concept is important – especially in this age of multi-tasking where the emphasis is placed on speed. We started Slow Art Day in 2009 to provoke a new way to see in the midst of the blindness that this screen-based world is creating.
The Rubin Museum is hosting Slow Art Day again this year at their terrific museum in New York City.
We are happy to welcome the Waikato Museum in Hamilton, New Zealand to Slow Art Day 2018.
One of the things we love the most about Slow Art Day is that it brings together hundreds of museums and thousands of people from institutions like the Tate Modern (they are a longtime participant) in London to museums like the Waikato in New Zealand to the Hong Kong Asia Society.
On the banks of the Waikato River in the heart of Hamilton’s south-end cultural precinct, the Waikato features 13 galleries and more than 25 new exhibitions and 100 public events annually.
On April 14, people all over the world – now including Hamilton, New Zealand – will be coming together to learn how to slow down and discover how to really see art.
We think this simple concept is important – especially in this age of multi-tasking where the emphasis is placed on speed.
We started Slow Art Day in 2009 to challenge the blindness that this screen-based world is creating.
Are you ready to Slow Art Day?
In the last 48 hours, museums and galleries from Shanghai to Finland to New Orleans, from Germany to Minneapolis, from Cornwall, Connecticut, Oakland, and Australia have all signed up to organize events.
We are very happy to welcome all of these to our global Slow Art Day 2018: (including this year’s first event in mainland China).