Saturday Encounters

Slow Art Day

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.

Held each year on the second Saturday in April, Slow Art Day has more than 100 institutions participating around the world, each encouraging visitors to look at art slowly, and then meet to talk about their experiences. While we share personal associations with the art, we can also make interpersonal connections with other participants.

From 1:30 to 2 PM, we will look in silence at three artworks for 10 minutes each. Grab both a lightweight stool to sit comfortably as you look, and a handout with suggestions of what to look for and questions to ponder. From 2 to 2:30 PM, we will facilitate a group discussion about your observations and insights. In the end, participants should feel empowered to see and experience art without an expert (or expertise).