Belgium Goes Big Again for Slow Art Day

April 12th, 2018

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

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.