The Big Easy Goes Big for Slow Art Day

April 11th, 2018

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.

Mass MOCA’s Smartphone Ceremony

April 10th, 2018

For Slow Art Day, Mass MOCA is doing something radical – asking participants to shut off their phone.

In fact, they have designed a turning-off-the-phone detox ceremony to kick off their set of Slow Art Day events. We look forward to seeing photos.

After that ceremony, they offer several events throughout the day:

  • Guided Insight Exercises
  • Reflective Walking Tour (walk silently through the museum’s galleries)
  • Slow Viewing Tours (one hour per artwork)
  • Slow Art Sip + Sip (discussion over coffee)

If you are in the area, you should go.

For more information, click here.

Columbus Goes Live for Slow Art Day

April 9th, 2018

The Columbus Museum goes live for Slow Art Day with an exhibit they call The Patient Eye. Designed by artist Jonathan VanDyke, The Patient Eye is a live art performance where he views 16 quilts for 3 hours each over a 48 hour period. VanDyke will remain silent as visitors come through and stand or sit next to him and also observe the art.

VanDyke’s performance is currently running during the museum’s hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will conclude April 12 with a public dialogue with him and museum administrators.

Admission is Free.

For more information, click here.

Slow Down with Dennos Museum

April 7th, 2018

With 280 artworks on display at any given time, the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan wants to help its visitors slow down and take in just a few for Slow Art Day.

“Going to a museum and trying to take in all of the works of art can be just a little bit too much to handle,” said curator of education, Jason Dake, in an interview with the local NPR station.

Helping visitors combat that feeling of being overwhelmed is one of the main reasons we started Slow Art Day back in 2009 and are glad that Jason Dake and his team are leading Slow Art day in Traverse City, Michigan.

If you are near there next weekend, we hope you head to the Dennos Museum and slow down to see just a few of its 280 artworks.

For more information: click here