5 Random Act Slow Art Day NMMoA

Angelo di Benedetto, Shelter (date unknown), oil on canvas; photo Cameron Gay

The average museum visitor spends less than 30 seconds looking at a work of art. In art world veteran Michael Findlay’s 2018 book Seeing Slowly: Looking at Modern Art, the author admonished readers to keep their cellphone cameras in their pockets when visiting galleries and museums and, instead, to look with their eyes. And with the participation of more than 130 cultural institutions around the world, the ninth annual Slow Art Day seeks to help with that. The premise is simple: Spend 10 minutes in front of five pre-selected artworks, then get together with other participants and discuss your experiences. Visitors can participate locally at the New Mexico Museum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave.) from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. The event is free with general admission ($12 with discounts available). Call 505-476-5072 or visit nmartmuseum.org for information.