Look Silently; Discuss

There may be as many Slow Art Day formats as there are Slow Art Day hosts. Here’s what Megan Bannister has planned:
“For our second annual Slow Art Day celebration, the Des Moines (Iowa) Art Center will host a series of docent-led and self-guided tours to encourage visitors to look at art more slowly. Two docent-led sessions will be hosted (one at 11 am and one at 1 pm), and each session will highlight four different artworks. Participants will meet in the lobby to receive a handout and then embark on a silent observation of the selected pieces.
“Participants will convene back in the lobby 40 minutes later and then embark on group discussion, facilitated by an Art Center docent, sharing observations and possible interpretations for the next 40 minutes. A third handout also will be available for visitors who have not registered or choose a self-guided observation.
“All participants will receive a custom Slow Art Day button and are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #DSMSlowArtDay.”

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