Toledo Museum of Art Invites Area Residents to Take Part in Slow Art Day 2014

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Thomas Cole (American, born England, 1801-1848), The Architect’s Dream. Oil on canvas, 1840. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 1949.162

The Toledo Museum of Art is inviting area residents to stop by and take part in Slow Art Day on April 12.

Nearly 200 venues in North America, Europe and Australia are expected to participate in this year’s international observance, which encourages people to take their time looking at works of art, then gather to discuss what they saw with others.

TMA Docent Program Manager Paula Brown-Gray, who coordinates the day’s activities locally, describes slow looking as “total and full engagement with the works.”

The Museum has selected six works to feature on Slow Art Day. Participants can view the objects anytime between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 12. Enough time should be allowed to spend at least 10 minutes observing each work. Those attending can bring lunch or purchase a meal from the Museum Café to eat while discussing the works of art with others in the Green Room starting at noon.

Featured works of art include La penna di hu by Frank Stella; Homeless Child by Yinka Shonibare; The Mediterranean, or Latin Thought by Aristide Maillot; London Visitors by James Jacques Joseph Tissot; Blind Man’s Buff by Jean-Honoré Fragonard and The Architect’s Dream by Thomas Cole.

Slow Art Day is free but advance registration is required before checking in at Herrick Lobby during the viewing period. To register, visit

Slow Art Day is part of TMA’s ongoing efforts to teach visual literacy, which is the ability to construct meaning from what you see.

Admission to the Museum is free. Parking is free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

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