Shanghai Slow Art Day 2019 ‘fascinating, thoughtful…’

Shanghai was one of the first Slow Art Day 2019 events to kickoff. We received their report at 4am NYC time (4pm Shanghai time).

Joan Lueth, a longtime host and art teacher in Shanghai, said, “The work of artist Yang YuanYuan engaged viewers with visual inquiries into the question ‘where is home?”

The event was “fascinating, thought-provoking and well-received.”

More reports coming soon including a few photos from my reprise of the first Slow Art Day in 2009 at MoMA in NYC.

Phil

Slow Art Day is today!

Slow Art Day events are happening all over the world from Shanghai to São Paulo, from Boston to Belgium, from Helsinki to Honolulu, and many other places.

I’m returning to MoMA in NYC, the site of the first Slow Art Day test in the spring of 2009.

I’ll be posting reports and write-ups from all over the world in the coming weeks.

Have a good and slow day filled with art.

– Phil

BBC News: Slow Art? It will ‘blow your mind’

BBC News just posted a feature article on Slow Art Day 2019 featuring us and some of our good friends like Susan Moore, art critic and founder of the Slow Art Workshop.

Read the article here.

Have a slow and wonderful day tomorrow all over the world from Hong Kong to Hawaii, from London to Los Angeles.

See all the museums and galleries participating here (and there are more than we even have listed on the site today).

– Phil

Slow Art Day 2019 is Saturday!

Excitement is mounting around the world for the 10th annual International Slow Art Day.

Here’s just some of the press coverage this week:

The Art Newspaper (London and NY) – Relax and immerse yourself… the art of experiencing museums slowly

Artnet News – The Average Person Spends 27 Seconds Looking at a Work of Art

Tricycle (U.S. Buddhist Magazine) – Take Your Time (Back) with Slow Art Day

The Blade (Dayton, OH) – Museum of Art finds its ‘Rhythm’ with installation

There are many local stories around the world. We’ll post a few of those over the next few days.

Most importantly, wherever you are, plan to go look slowly at some art this weekend.

I’ll be at MoMA in NY where I ran the first Slow Art day in 2009.

Best,

Phil
Founder, Slow Art Day

Creating a Multisensory Gallery Experience

As museum educators, many of Slow Art Day’s hosts are looking to create a space where visitors can engage with artworks in new ways.

During this webinar led by Sara Birkofer from the Cincinnati Museum of Art on Feb 26, 2019, we explored multisensory experiences.

Birkofer discussed engaging visitors using scents, music, touchable objects and food in the galleries.

Watch the video of the webinar above, or view Birkofer’s powerpoint.

Wonderful Webinar w/Belgian Slow Art Day Leaders

We had a wonderful webinar with the leaders of the Belgian Slow Art Day movement, Katrijn D’ hammers and Tinne Langens.

During the webinar, they also showed this very good 4 minute video that they just produced about their mindfulness and Slow Art program.

Background on Slow Art Day in Belgium

Turns out that Belgium has a wonderful central group – FARO (the Flemish Interface Center for Cultural Heritage) – that facilitates the work of museums, archives, and heritage libraries. FARO offers training, study trips, publications and was launched in 2008. Katrijn has worked at FARO since the beginning and has coordinated the support for Slow Art Day across Belgium from FARO since 2014.

She and her colleague, Tinne Langens, who is the head of Education and Policy Programs at Antwerp’s FOTO Museum, have developed (and are continuing to develop) a set of mindfulness programs that integrate with Slow Art Day but go much further in terms of the creation of new kinds of tools, approaches, and methods.

Enjoy the recording.

-Phil

Slow Art Day Belgium & Mindfulness Webinar

Join us for our first webinar of the 2018-2019 season when the leaders of Slow Art Day Belgium takes us through their innovative mindfulness program.

Wed, Sept 12

– 11:00am NYC time
– 08:00am California time
– 16:00 London time
– 17:00 Paris time

Register here to join us:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/980687799284256001

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Belgium has long had a very active Slow Art Day community – one of the most active in the world.

In this webinar, we’ll hear from FARO – the Flemish Interface for Cultural Heritage – and their partner, the Photo Museum in Antwerp.

They have prepared a short 3 minute film and a set of slides to walk us through what they have learned about producing effective Slow Art Day events.

Should be a great presentation and conversation.

– Phil Terry
Founder, Slow Art Day

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.