Register for Slow Art Day online at http://www.slowartday.com/participate/
or call Joslyn's Director of Adult Programs at (402) 661-3862. It is important you register so that we know you are coming!
What is Slow Art Day?
One day each year people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. The mission of the turtle-paced, global event is simply to help more people discover the joy of looking at and loving art.
It's not surprising to learn that as we speed through life in the fast lane, the average museum visitor spends 17 seconds or less looking at an individual work of art. Slow Art Day encourages a more contemplative approach to viewing art.
"Slow art is a peace movement. After all, what could be more peaceful than looking and slowly contemplating a work of art?"
~ Tim Slowinski, Slow Art Day Founder
When people experience art slowly and deliberately, they make discoveries, and the most important discovery they make is that they can appreciate art without an expert! Indeed, studies show there is little difference between the oh-so-savvy art expert and the not-so-savvy art viewer in their reactions to art. Observing art slowly unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art fans—like you!
How does it work?
Participants look at five works of art for at least 10 minutes each and then meet together over coffee or lunch in Joslyn’s atrium to talk about their experience. That’s it! In order to bring to the table some common discussion points, we ask that participants focus on the following select works of art - an eclectic mix of object in various media from Joslyn’s permanent collection and special exhibitions:
Pavilion Gallery 14
Jennifer Steinkamp (American, born 1958)
Madame Curie, 2011,
seven channel, synchronized projection, variable dimensions,
Courtesy of Jennifer Steinkamp
Pavilion Gallery 13
William Wylie, Near Axtell, Kansas, Summer 2007,
gelatin silver print,
Courtesy of the artist
Pavilion Gallery 12
Max Weber, 1881-1961
Chinese Restaurant, 1915,
oil on canvas,
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase 31.382
Pavilion Gallery 16
Subodh Gupta (Indian, b. 1964), Untitled, 2007, edition 2/3,
stainless steel, stainless steel utensils,
Lent by the de Souza Bransten Family
Georges Rochegrosse (1859-1929), Salome Dancing Before King Herod (Salomé danse devant le roi Hérode), 1887,
oil on canvas,
Gift of Francis T. B. Martin, 1953.239
Need some tips?
To assist with sustained contemplation of individual works of art, the Tate Museums' “Guide to Looking at Art”
may be particularly useful for first time Slow Art Day goers.
Participants may also consider bringing a notepad or sketch pad
with drawing pencils
(no wet media, please). There will be gallery stools available for Slow Art participants at the front desk near the main entrance. They will be clearly labeled with a Slow Art 2013 sign. Please feel free to take a stool with you, but please remember to be mindful of works of art when moving through the galleries. Please be reminded that food and drink is not allowed in the gallery spaces.