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An Invitation to Look Up. Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632–1675).

An Invitation to Look Up

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.

The Ferris Bueller Moment: Finding Your Own Revelation in the Museum

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. 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.

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.

Got Five Minutes? These Artworks Have Something to Tell You

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.

Responses to Kennicott’s “How to view art” 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.

Responses to Kennicott’s “How to view art”

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. 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.”

The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum

Can you choose the best word for each blank? The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum. Photo Ah, the Louvre.

The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum

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, 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?).

How to View Art: However You Want To

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. Now, Hyperallergic beat me to a delightfully snarky response, so I present five (snark-light) counterpoints to Kennicott’s ‘how to.’ 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. See the common theme?