This Saturday, April 16 is Slow Art Day 2011. A worldwide art movement that encourages people to slow down when looking at art, the annual event was started by Phil Terry in the summer of 2009,
with the hope of changing the “8-second rule” – i.e. the widely reported statistic that when visiting a museum most people spend only about 8 seconds at each piece of art. And, then leave the museum tired, not inspired.
What would happen if visitors were instructed to spend 5 or 10 minutes looking at only 5 or 10 total pieces of art? Would this make it possible to share the secret that art experts, curators, educators, artists and others know: that if you look slowly, your experience will be transformed?
The year, several Nippertown cities are participating in this quality-over-quantity event. Here’s the plan for For Slow Art Day in Albany: