2016 Dive into Art on Slow Art Day at MMoFA
On April 9 at 11am, Madison Museum of Fine Art (MMoFA) hosts Slow Art Day with over 200 other museums around the world. The event is free to the public and highlights five selected works of art. Participants will view and contemplate each piece and subsequently meet at a local cafe to share impressions of each artwork.
The global Slow Art Day promotes extended viewing of visual art slowly, deliberately, and thoughtfully. A 2001 study revealed that Metropolitan Museum visitors viewed artworks only 17 seconds on average, a habit called visual “grazing.” The Louvre discovered that visitors viewed the iconic Mona Lisa a mere average of 15 seconds. And the swift virtual view of art via the internet can miss important creative attributes the artist intended. By slowly experiencing a piece of art, viewers can discover the power of visual art without an expert guide.
Five MMoFA artworks selected for contemplation feature gifts of art to the MMoFA collection created by Georgia artists: Untitled bronze sculpture by George Beasley gifted by American Airlines, Traffic by Joseph Perrin gifted by Elizabeth Sheerer, Sheetscape: The Gift by Henry Ransom, Paisley by Christine Vergano gifted by Peachtree Capital, and Birdman by David Driskell. A charitable educational art institution, MMoFA promotes the value of visual art education, teaches the great traditions of visual art, demonstrates how visual art masters nourish lifelong learning and enhance the quality of life.
For reservations and more information call 706-485-4530, visit www.slowartday.com or visit www.mmofa.org .