Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Slow Art Day Returns to PEM

One of the best things that my husband and I ever did was participate in "Slow Art Day" several years ago.  This is a worldwide movement that anyone who lives close to a participating museum can experience.  Our beloved PEM here in #Salem,MA is participating, so Walt and I will be there again this year.

I hope to see you here, or there,



SATURDAY | APRIL 27, 2013 | 10am – 2pm

SALEM, MA –– Experience a museum in a whole new way with Slow Art Day at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM).  On Saturday, April 27, PEM joins more than 200 organizations worldwide in inviting visitors to take their time and take a closer look at art.  Championed by Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic at the New York Times, Slow Art Day is part of a grassroots movement that encourages people to take a break from their busy lives and delve deeply into select works of art, enhancing critical thinking through the act of careful looking.

Slow Art Day participants will view a selection of artworks that explore the theme “Passages” and then will meet others in the Atrium Café at 2 p.m. to talk about the experience. This year, Salem resident and art enthusiast Steven Johnson is hosting the event. He has chosen the theme to examine “the passage of time, a piece of art through various cultures, the passages of the viewer's life experiences and even the actual architectural passages of the museum.”

Ten pieces will be chosen from as many separate media as possible – sculpture, site installations, painting, etc. – and participants will have access to a handout prompting them on how to approach the various works in a Slow Art context.

FREE WITH ADMISSION | REGISTER ONLINE:  For PEM:  Register here for Slow Art Day
This event free with paid admission.  Of course, Members and Salem residents always enjoy free admission to the museum.

For more information and to see the list of all the museums participating worldwide, click on this link:  Slow Art Day Worldwide Information


Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast holding, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and an interactive education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructures and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion, set to open in 2017.

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