Matisse from SFMOMA Legion of Honor, November 09, 2013 – September 07, 2014

This jewel-sized exhibition features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes from SFMOMA’s internationally acclaimed collection of the work of Henri Matisse, joined by four important paintings and drawings from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Celebrating the Bay Area’s early and long-standing enthusiasm for the French artist, the exhibition traces four decades of Matisse’s career, from a Cézanne-inspired still life from the turn of the last century to his richly patterned interiors from the 1920s and 1930s. Of special note are the vibrantly colored pictures from the artist’s Fauve period, from 1905 to 1908, when Matisse first rose to prominence as a leader of modern French painting.

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Slow Art Day 2012 Announces Key Milestone

Slow Art Day 2012 Announces Key Milestone

Organizers announce more than 75 events are scheduled for April 28, 2012.

NEW YORK, NY, April 3, 2012 – Slow Art Day, the international grassroots arts movement, announced that Slow Art Day events would take place in at least 75 venues (museums, galleries and sculpture gardens) around the world April 28, 2012. Venues range from small to large and include MoMA in New York (the site of the first Slow Art Day in 2009), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the National Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Organizers expect additional venues to join leading up to April 28, 2012.

Since its founding in 2009, Slow Art Day has grown from a single event held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City hundreds of events over the years on every continent. “Slow Art Day allows museum goers to redesign the experience of looking at art – making it less intimidating and much more welcoming,” says founder Phil Terry, who is also CEO of the experience design firm Creative Good.

Slow Art Day was created to empower museum visitors to change their museum experience themselves and help them learn how to look at and love art. Unlike the standard 8-second view, Slow Art Day participants are asked to spend an hour or more looking at just five pieces of art.

A complete list of venues and further information is available at

About Slow Art Day
Slow Art Day is an all-volunteer, self-organized, annual global event that aims to transform the art-viewing experience. One day each year – April 28 in 2012 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at five pieces of art for an hour or more. After their individual slow viewing, participants meet together to talk about their experience. Volunteer hosts organize the local events using the tools and support available at the Slow Art Day website. Museums and galleries are invited to host Slow Art Day with no requirement to become official sponsors. In many cases, unaffiliated volunteer hosts choose the museum and the art and communicate directly with the pre-registered participants.

Contact Information:
Twitter: @SlowArtDay
Contact: Kristine Gardner
Phone: 818-397-4002