Four different museums and one church will host Slow Art Day across Belgium this Saturday, April 14, 2018.
Katrijn D ‘Hammers, writing in Dutch on the Blog for Faro, a nonprofit cultural center in Brussells that supports museums throughout the country, outlines what’s happening and directs Belgians to go look at art slowly this Saturday.
Here are the five venues with descriptions of their events quoting from Katrijn’s blog post:
- Red Star Line Museum
“During Slow Art Day, you zoom in on the paintings by Emigrants from Eugène Laermans and Belgian Emigrants from Louis van Engelen.”
“…the Fotomuseum invites you to zoom in on one photo during a 45-minute session.”
- Saint Paul’s Church
“…discover The Lamentation of the Zonnekind of Kristo, a beautiful statuette that has been set up in the Kruisweg chapel for several months.”
- Arentshuis – Groeninge
“Choose from a Slow Art Talk in the Groeninge Museum, the Sint-Janshospitaal and the Arentshuis (collection presentation Gruuthuse in a gallant company).”
“…a BOZAR guide will give you a few highlights from the Spanish Still Life exhibition and you will have time to ‘enjoy’ paintings by Cotán, Goya, Picasso and Dalí.”
Sounds like a great Slow Art Day across Belgium. If you are in Antwerp, Brussels, or Bruges, I hope you go slow down at one of these events.
To read Katrijn’s post in full, click here.
New Orleans is currently sponsoring *7* – cross that out – now *9* – Slow Art Day 2018 events this Saturday (two more signed up after this post went live including the Ogden Art Museum).
As a result, New Orleans beats New York (incl Brooklyn) (4), Toronto (4), Washington, DC (4), and a city about the same population as New Orleans – Turkuu, Finland (4) – as well as London (3), Antwerp (3), and Hong Kong (3).
So, the ‘big easy’ has gone big.
This is in part due to the wonderful efforts of Matthew Weldon Showman who runs the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans and also is President of the Arts District New Orleans. Matthew signed up both his gallery and encouraged other galleries who are part of the Arts District.
As a result, Slow Art Day in New Orleans will happen in five different galleries, one historic house, and three different museums.
To see all the venues in New Orleans and around the world, click here.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas is participating again this year in Slow Art Day. The museum, opened in 2011, celebrates the American spirit in a setting that “unites the power of art with the beauty of nature.”
Consistent with their mission, they have designed a special combination event for this year’s Slow Art Day: Slow and Savory Tea.
Here’s how it works is:
- First visitors start with tea and treats
The goal is to put participants in a “calm, meditative mindset” before entering the galleries.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Then, special in-gallery activities
Once visitors are calm and ready to go, they then head in to the galleries ready to “slow down and savor” the art
This Slow Art Day event is free for Crystal Bridges members (although registration is required). Members can register here or by calling 479.418.5728.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts is a longtime leader in the Slow Art Day movement, and they are hosting again this year. Based in Washington, DC, this wonderful institution takes seriously how to help its audience learn how to slow down and really see art by women.
On their Slow Art Day page, they begin by quoting the wonderful Georgia O’Keeffe:
“…to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time”
We couldn’t agree more. Good friendships require time and so does the art of looking at art.
The museum also suggests several other reasons people should participate in Slow Art Day:
- To break out of your typical “go, go, go” routine.
- To learn about yourself, fellow participants, and the creative expressions of women artists.
- To make discoveries about and forge connections with artwork.
For Slow Art Day, their staff will make artwork suggestions and provide questions to consider as you slow down and look.
So, if you are based in DC, or traveling there on Slow Art Day 2018, we hope you will consider going to the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
You can register here for their event, which is free with museum admission.
The Rubin Museum in New York has been a longtime leader in the Slow Art Day movement.
In 2016, they published a terrific article with tips on slow looking. You can read the article here:
SLOW ART DAY: MAKE YOUR NEXT MUSEUM VISIT MORE MINDFUL
The Rubin 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 of seeing in the midst of the blindness that this screen-based world is creating.
The Rubin Museum is hosting Slow Art Day again this year – if you’re in the New York area, we hope you’ll join them!
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.
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 Slow Art Day 2018 (including this year’s first event in mainland China):
According to a local UK newspaper, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which has participated in Slow Art Day now for several years, has begun a multi-year research project with the University of Huddersfield.
The focus of the research is to “explore the visitor experience at the park and what impact it could have on happiness and wellbeing.”
On Slow Art Day this year, the Sculpture Park will run two workshops – Mindful Moments for adults, and one for families, Move, Make and Meditate.
A growing number of museums are combining Slow Art Day with mindfulness and meditation. The Phoenix Art Museum, also a longtime participant in Slow Art Day, organized a summer mindfulness series in 2017 and we held a webinar with them to talk about the experience (watch the webinar here).