Slow Art Day Begins Worldwide

Slow Art Day 2018 begins in about 12 hours in Australia and China.

Then as the sun rises across the world more and more events come online in Africa, Europe, then North America and South America until finally more than 205 museums, galleries, sculpture parks, libraries and churches have together celebrated the power of slowly looking at – and loving – art.

If you want to find a museum or gallery near you, click here to see all the venues.

Countries around the world include:

Australia 11
Belgium 7
Brazil 1
Canada 10
China & Hong Kong 4
Denmark 1
El Salvador 1
England 1
Finland 7
France 7
Germany 10
Ireland 3
Italy 6
Lithuania 1
Netherlands 5
New Zealand 1
Slovakia 1
South Africa 3
Spain 3
Sweden 3
UK 14
Ukraine 4
USA 100
Zambia 1

Belgium Goes Big Again for Slow Art Day

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.”
  • Fotomuseum
    “…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).”
  • BOZAR
    “…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.

The Big Easy Goes Big for Slow Art Day

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

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

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

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

Slow and Savory Tea at Crystal Bridges

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.