https://www.slowartday.com ICA Boston + MIT List Center
25 Harbor Shore Dr
Boston, MA 02210
Art, Date Idea
Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.
When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries. The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise). And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art lovers.
How does it work?
One day each year – April 6 in 2019 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.
In fact, Slow Art Day works best when people look at the art on their own slowly and then meet up to discuss the experience (though some hosts decide to do the discussion right in the gallery).
Here’s how to take part in Slow Art Day 2019:
Find a local event
Click on the list of 2019 venues and find one near you: http://www.slowartday.com/2019-venues Boston-area venues include the Institute of Contemporary Art and the MIT List Visual Arts Center
Attend and look at 5 pieces of art slowly
Show up on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at your venue, pay the admission fee (if there is one) and then look slowly – five to ten minutes – at each piece of pre-assigned art. Some venues pick five pieces of art, others may concentrate on one or two, while others will give yet more options.
Have lunch to discuss your experience
In some cases, you can meet up with your host and the other participants at a pre-assigned lunch spot. In other cases, venues will facilitate discussions in front of each piece of art. Whatever the design is – what all the events share is the focus on slow looking and its transformative power.