Slow on the draw

by Kelsey Drain / Beacon Staff • April 10, 2014

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Slow and steady wins the race.
Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Slow and steady wins the race.
Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Want to go to the museum without feeling pressured to see everything? The communication studies department will be leading a trek through the Museum of Fine Arts to look at five works of art — slowly. After studying a variety of mediums in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art for five to 10 minutes, participants will regroup over coffee to discuss the experience. 

Slow Art Day is a global volunteer event with a bigger goal: to help more people find their inner appreciation for looking at and loving art. The organization, whose symbol is a turtle, believes that when people look slowly at a piece of art, they make discoveries. The annual event started in 2008 at one museum; this year Emerson will be celebrating with over 220 other venues.