MISSOULA – When people look slowly at artwork they make discoveries. The Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana is proud to join Slow Art Day on Saturday, April 11. Slow Art Day is an international movement of museums and galleries that encourages people to look at five pieces of artwork for 10 minutes each.
From the Tate Modern in London to the Seattle Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago, organizations around the world will participate in this one-day event that encourages people to slow down.
MMAC invites the public to join a docent-led Slow Art Day tour at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in MMAC’s Paxson and Meloy galleries, located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center at UM. The group will look at five pieces of art and then enjoy a group discussion of the experience. The event is free but participants are asked to reserve a spot by calling 406-243-2019.
“It’s amazing that our capacity for images is so instantaneous, so immediate, that we often deny ourselves the pleasure of looking,” said MMAC Curator Brandon Reintjes. “I think that the average time people spend with an artwork is under 12 seconds. It’s incredible what happens, and how seeing and understanding shift, when you challenge yourself to spend a longer amount of time with an object.”