Sharon Norwood Slowly at Washington & Lee University

The Museums at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA held their first Slow Art Day this year, led by Director of Museums Isra El-beshir and student curator Posi Oluwakuyide, and focused on “The Root of the Matter,” an exhibit featuring the contemporary art of Sharon Norwood.

A conceptual artist of Caribbean descent, Norwood aims to provoke an honest conversation about race, beauty, and differences.

The Root of the Matter V, 2016 Digital Collage by Sharon Norwood. Courtesy of the Museums at Washington and Lee website.

Slow looking participant. Courtesy of the Museums at Washington & Lee University Instagram.

As you can see, she uses the curly line to express identity and cultural relationships through various art forms, including ceramics, drawings, paintings, installations, and videos.

Her work is stunning and we recommend you check out their Instagram and visit their website to read more about Sharon Norwood.

We are happy to welcome The Museums at W&L to our movement, and very much look forward to seeing the art they focus on for their second Slow Art Day in 2023.

– Ashley, Johanna, Jessica Jane, Robin, and Phyl

P.S. Below is the digital flyer used to promote the event (note their use of tinycc in their print marketing, which makes it easier for readers to type in long urls – something we recommend other educators consider copying for their print materials).

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Drawing Some Slow Conclusions at the Frick

Reading Karen Rosenberg’s review of the Frick Collection’s show, “Mantegna to Mattise: Master Drawings From the Courtauld Gallery,” reminded me that large time-spanning exhibits need several slow looks.   

Rosenberg writes that “the installation… is roughly chronological. But it’s also dialogical, encouraging much back-and-forth between works of similar subject or virtuosity. At times the viewer may feel like a moderator, which in this case is a good thing.”

She herself makes several connections for us, playfully exploring the narrative possibilities and interesting quirks of several pairs of drawings. Her article speaks to how anyone can make his or her own unique connections and observations of art, especially if they take the time to look slowly.

Read on to catch onto her lighthearted approach to the art of looking, and if you are in New York, be sure to make one, two or three visits to the Frick Collection for a slow enjoyment of these drawings.

– Naomi Kuo, Slow Art Day Intern