Slow Art Day now involves hundreds of museums and galleries around the world. Here are a few Seattle-area events tied to Slow Art Day and one suggestion for creating your own slow art adventure.
Heard of the “slow” movements? Whether it’s slow food, slow cities or slow fashion, the idea is to deliberately and thoughtfully counteract the fast-paced, unsustainable, impersonal aspects of contemporary life. Slow Art Day is exactly what you think: an opportunity to take your time experiencing and discussing works of art in local venues. Launched in 2008, Slow Art Day now involves hundreds of museums and galleries around the world. Here are a few Seattle-area events tied to Slow Art Day and one suggestion for creating your own slow art adventure. (For more information, and a searchable list of venues, visit slowartday.com.)
Gallery director Martha Dunham is participating in Slow Art Day for the first time this year, stating that she signed up because the works of art currently on view — David DeVleeschouwer’s abstract paintings — “reward protracted viewing.” Stop by any time throughout the day to relish some masterful paint handling. Bonus: The artist will be there for conversation. The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. on April 8; the exhibition closes April 9, Dendroica Gallery, 1718 E. Olive Way, Suite A, Seattle (206-324-2502 or dendroica.gallery).
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Visitors are invited to engage in slow observation of Mary Coss’ exhibition “2nd Amendment BookClub,” a poignant exploration of gun culture. Coss will be on hand to offer insight. Here are the day’s events: Slow Observation at 4 p.m., artist talk at 5 p.m., artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 8; the exhibition is on view until May 28 at artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., Issaquah (425-392-3191 or arteast.org).
The Frye Art Museum
Take a Slow Art Day tour, listen to an informal talk in the galleries or attend a book signing with Seattle-based artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring whose work is on view. The title of his exhibition alone is worth contemplating: “The Pig Went Down to the Harbor at Sunrise and Wept.” Unrelated to Slow Art Day, but completely in sync with its premise, the Frye hosts free 30-minute “drop-in” mindfulness-meditation sessions at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. April 8 events: Slow Art Day tours at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., gallery talk about Woodring’s exhibition with Seattle University associate professor of art history Ken Allan at 2 p.m., book signing with Woodring at 3 p.m. The exhibition is open until April 16 at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle (206-622-9250 or fryemuseum.org).
The Seattle Art Museum
“Seeing Nature” — the big exhibition of landscapes from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection — is practically made for gazing. For Slow Art Day, SAM’s docent tours will slow down to take “deeper dives into one or a few works.” Slow Art Day tours are at 11 a.m. and noon in the collection galleries, and at 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. in “Seeing Nature.” “Seeing Nature” is on view through May 23 at SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).
Choose your own adventure
The whole idea is to select a few works of local art to spend quality — and quantity — time with, which means you could go anywhere. My last suggestion is not officially related to Slow Art Day, but two new shows at Greg Kucera Gallery invite contemplative looking. Snippets from the artists’ statements reveal how they welcome sustained, personal responses. Joe Rudko fractures “found” photos to such a degree that we have to rely on “the relationships we have with photography and our own personal snapshots.” According to Daniel Carrillo, whose luscious daguerreotypes capture other artists’ belongings, this series is about “focusing on an object with a very specific history and using it to provoke nostalgia and empathy in others.” Rudko and Carrillo will give walk-throughs of their shows at noon on April 8. “Joe Rudko: Basic Techniques of Photography” and “Daniel Carrillo: Studio Visit” will be on view through May 27 at Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-0770 or gregkucera.com).