To do: Slow Art

Life can be frenetic in the city. Even when you go to one of the museums, it’s easy to rush around, especially as crowded as some exhibitions are (ahem, Vermeer). How long do you think you stand in front of a picture, on average? How about one you really like? Slow Art is a event happening this Saturday at MoMA that challenges you to smell the roses. Each person picks one or two pieces on view and just looks at them for a set period of time, from 10 minutes to an hour. Afterwards the group will have lunch at the museum cafe and talk about their reactions.

I love this concept. Even when I look at something I like, I probably stare at it for 2 or 3 minutes–especially when I’m surrounded by a slew of other beautiful things. My mom is in town, so I’m not sure what we have on the agenda for the weekend, but this one is up there on my list.
Of course, you could just challenge yourself next time you feel you are rushing things.

7 thoughts on “To do: Slow Art

  1. I usually sit on the bench and just look for a while. then get up and reexamine one or two up close.

    I like the concept because there are times when I just whiz by and think I have looked but not really LOOKED.

  2. What a great idea. The amount of time I spend in front of a painting usually has something to do with how many others are in the vicinity (or getting in the way). Living in DC I have access to lots of great FREE art, and I can pick times that will be low on tourists.

    Love your blog, this is my first time here.

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