- Attend Slow Art Day 2014
Would you like to register (free) to attend a Slow Art Day event in 2013? Click here to see a list of venues
- Host a Slow Art Day event
Would you like to host (free) an event at a museum or gallery? Click here to register - or find out more about hosting.
Here are just two of the many articles on Slow Art Day:
ARTINFO - Slow Art Day Fights Visual Grazing With a Deep Dive Into Museums
ARTnews - Slow Down You Look Too Fast
In June 2008, Phil Terry, founder of the Reading Odyssey and CEO of Creative Good, held an experiment. He wanted to know what would happen if museum and gallery visitors changed the way they looked at art. Instead of breezing past hundreds of artworks in the standard 8 seconds, he wondered what would happen if people looked slowly at just a few.
For the first Slow Art Day, he decided to look himself at Hans Hoffman’s Fantasia, Jackson Pollock’s Convergence, and a few other pieces of art hanging as part of the New York Jewish Museum’s Action/Abstraction exhibit. As expected, it was a much better way to see the exhibit. Phil loved it.
A year later, in the summer of 2009, Phil continued the experiment: he asked four people to join him at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and look at another small set of works, slowly.
That second experiment was a success.
Participants felt invigorated - and feedback was so positive that a few months later, in October 2009, Phil organized a third test, this time featuring 16 museums and galleries in the U.S., Canada and Europe with groups being led by volunteer hosts.
The third test worked really well - participants continued to report great feedback. People loved the experience of looking slowly - and the host job was easy. Importantly, it was clear that anyone could host: trained museum staff or community volunteers. The host had only to pick a few pieces of art and get out of the way.
After that third test, it was clear he was on to something, and Phil launched Slow Art Day as an annual global event with now hundreds of museums and galleries around the world participating.
Want to know more? Check out the official Slow Art Day website!