The (MAC) will participate in its 3rd annual Slow Art Day on April 28 from 11am-1pm in its galleries at 9 Water Street in Mystic, CT. Participants can view select pieces from MAC’s current exhibition, Self-Image: Traditional and Non-Traditional Self-Portrait in a self-guided tour and following the viewing meet up with others to discuss the work at on 46 West Main Street in Mystic.
A study from the journal Empirical Studies of the Arts, reported that artgoers spent an average of 17 seconds looking at an individual painting; Slow Art Day participants are encouraged to spend an hour or more on just five artworks.
The project began in the summer of 2009 by design firm CEO, Phil Terry. What started as an experiment at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City ultimately became a way of inspiring people in new ways by simply taking more time to cultivate an experience with the works they were viewing.
Slow Art Day has grown to over 90 events across the world. It is an all-volunteer, self-organized, annual global event that aims to transform the art viewing experience. One day each year – April 28 in 2012 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at five pieces of art for over an hour or more.
For more information about Slow Art Day visit their website www.slowartday.com