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An Invitation to Look Up. Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675). Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca. 1662. Oil on canvas; 18 x 16 in. (45.7 x 40.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.21) «I invite you to look up from your phone. Lean in, you can see how tiny points of white make the edge of the pitcher sparkle and bounce off the varnish of the chair behind. Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). Here's another tip: If you want to photograph, don't use your iPhone. ​ Isamu Noguchi (American, 1904–1988). If your phone is off, you'll hear the water gliding over the surface of Isamu Noguchi's Water Stone. For more teen writing, please visit the exhibition in the Uris Center for Education! The Ferris Bueller Moment: Finding Your Own Revelation in the Museum. Posted by Susannah Brown, Associate Educator, Courses and Seminars, Department of Education Shown: Meret Oppenheim.

Object. 1936. Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon, cup 4 3/8″ (10.9 cm) in diameter; saucer 9 3/8″ (23.7 cm) in diameter; spoon 8″ (20.2 cm) long, overall height 2 7/8″ (7.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pro Litteris, Zurich. Hope Ginsburg: Objects in Transition class at MoMA, March 15, 2014. © 2014​ ​The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Reading Stephanie Rosenbloom’s article, “The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum,” recently published in The New York Times, has reminded me of the importance of “deep looking” in the museum and ways to enhance visitor experience at MoMA. 1. Shown: Jackson Pollock. 2. 3. I hope this new approach helps you digest your museum visit, and as Ms.

Got Five Minutes? These Artworks Have Something to Tell You. Six objects that repay long looking with their craft, story, and personality Connecting with art doesn’t take any special expertise. You just need to look—really look. This is the premise of Slow Art Day this Saturday, April 12, an annual event to connect with yourself and others through art. The assignment is simple: sign up to visit a museum or gallery near you, spend 5 to 10 minutes looking at 5 different objects, then share what happened over lunch.

Five minutes doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a lot longer than most of us ever spend with a single painting or sculpture, discovering what it has to say. In honor of Slow Art Day, here’s a sampling of art worth spending five minutes with, as suggested by Getty curators and educators. A Night of Passion Sarcophagus panel (detail), about A.D. 210, Roman. Spend five minutes with this sarcophagus and you’ll witness a whole night—and a passionate one at that. The World on a Gilded Page The Duality of Femininity Texture and Line Come to Life. Responses to Kennicott’s “How to view art” | Thinking about museums.

Responses to Kennicott’s “How to view art: “Be dead serious about it, but don’t expect too much” As you could tell from my last post, I had a strong negative reaction to Philip Kennicott’s Washington Post article. The incredible pretentiousness of the piece had the predictable effect of spawning responses that are much more amusing takes on the topic, both with their own nuggets of truth in them. And taken in the aggregate, I think there are some important areas of agreement, if you can get through the bile and the snark. So, onwards! Five Rules for (Kinda) Viewing Artby Jillian Steinhauer, Hyperallergic Steinhauer was the first to respond to Kennicott, and her take on his five points often veers into parody, extolling the virtues of plotting your Instagram strategy and quota for a museum visit, and remembering to tweet your lunch. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

How to View Art: However You Want toBy Jen Oleniczak, Huffington Post 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. “There is no right way to experience a museum, of course.” Test Yourself | The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum. Photo Below are six paragraphs from the Oct. 12 article “The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum.” Can you choose the best word for each blank? When you’re finished, you’ll find a link to the full article. 1Most people want to enjoy a museum, not conquer it. Campaigns conspires insinuates 2“When you go to the library,” said James O. Embody embrace experience 3There is no right way to experience a museum, of course. 4Any museumgoer can do what Professor Pawelski asks students such as Dr. 5Professor Pawelski said it’s still a mystery why viewing art in this deliberately _________ manner can increase well-being or what he calls flourishing.

Contemplative ruminative solipsistic 6There will always be certain paintings or monuments that travelers feel they must see, regardless of crowds or lack of time. Categorize separate winnow Redo Quiz Read the full article. The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum. Photo Ah, the Louvre. It’s sublime, it’s historic, it’s … overwhelming.

Upon entering any vast art museum — the Hermitage, the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art — the typical traveler grabs a map and spends the next two hours darting from one masterpiece to the next, battling crowds, exhaustion and hunger (yet never failing to take selfies with boldface names like Mona Lisa). What if we slowed down? What if we spent time with the painting that draws us in instead of the painting we think we’re supposed to see? Most people want to enjoy a museum, not conquer it. “When you go to the library,” said James O. There is no right way to experience a museum, of course. To demonstrate this, Professor Pawelski takes his students to the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, home to some of the most important Post Impressionist and early modern paintings, and asks them to spend at least 20 minutes in front of a single painting that speaks to them in some way.

Julie Haizlip wasn’t so sure. Spirituality and Practice - blog - Spiritual Literacy: The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum. How to View Art: However You Want To. Written by Jen Oleniczak, theengagingeducator.com After reading art critic Philip Kennicott’s article in the Washington Post this past weekend, I felt like I was being punked (does that still happen?). Someone is actually telling people how to view art? And chastising them for incorrect behavior like making plans in museum walls? As a museum educator and consultant that teaches other educators how to listen to visitors and interact with art in different ways, imagine my shock at this antiquated judgmental piece. 1. Museums are exhausting. Do you have an hour? If you want to tweet, hashtag #ITweetMuseums and someone might strike up a conversation with you about the artwork.

And don’t wander around, waiting for something to hit you. 2. Find those dark corners away from Starry Night. Or stand in front of Starry Night. 3. Some people respond to art with knowledge. If you decide you are an interpersonal learner and want to interact with others, take a museum tour. See the common theme? 4.