Special to The Leader
Stark Museum of Art
On Saturday, April 27, the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas, will host a Slow Art Day. This is an annual worldwide event that encourages people to look at art slowly - and thereby experience art in a new way. Participants will look slowly at the selected works of art, on their own, any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then they will travel, on their own, to Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, located at 2111 W. Park Ave. in Orange, where a lunch discussion will take place at Star and Crescent Moon Café from 1:15 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend must register online at http://SlowArtStark2013.eventbrite.com.
Elena Ivanova, Chief Educator, along with Sarah Boehme, Director, will lead a discussion on five selected works. The following works have been selected for viewing and discussion: A Norther in the Gulf of Mexico by Thomas Moran (1884; oil on canvas); Yosemite Valley by Albert Bierstadt (c. 1898; oil on canvas); The Departure for the Buffalo Hunt by Henry François Farny (1912; oil on canvas); The Canyon by Emil James Bisttram (1950, oil on canvas); and La Abuela by Nicolai Fechin (1936 or after; oil on canvas.)
Celebration of Slow Art Day has been on the rise since its inception in 2008. In 2013, more than 254 museums and galleries around the world will be the sites for programs that encourage people to spend no less than ten minutes looking at a work of art and to share their experiences. Regular Museum admission fees will be charged and registration is required as space is limited for this program. Participants will buy their own lunch at the Café located inside Shangri La. Potential participants must register at http://SlowArtStark2013.eventbrite.com and will receive additional instructions from the Museum. People without internet access may call the Museum at 409.886.2787 and speak with the Education Department. For more information on the international Slow Art Day, see www.slowartday.com.
A study published in the journal Empirical Studies of the Arts indicates that people spend about 17 seconds on the average looking at an individual painting.
“We live in a quick-paced environment and people are used to seeing rapidly changing images, be it on a screen or on a highway,” says Elena Ivanova, Chief Educator of the Stark Museum of Art. “They approach museums in the same way. Typically, visitors try to cover as much ground as possible during one visit, so they scan works of art instead of looking carefully. The purpose of Slow Art Day is to help people discover their own ability to look at art and talk about their impressions with others. We are thrilled to find out what will catch visitors' attention in the works that we have selected.”
The Stark Museum of Art is located at 712 Green Ave. in Orange and is open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors ages 65 and older and students with a valid ID and youth ages 10 - 17, $2 for children ages 4-9 and free for children ages 3 and younger. Admission is free for STARK Cultural Venues members.
Call 409-886-2787 or visit www.starkmuseum.org for information.