The glance. The pass by. The, see everything in the room in less than a minute shuffle. Sometimes I watch people looking at art more than looking at the art myself. We generally zip by most pieces or migrate towards some huddle of people trying to get a glance at something famous. So we squirm up to the front to get the glance. Nice. I saw it. Keep moving.
But at least people are in the museum and almost looking. It is a matter of trying to slow down. To look means to pay attention. Many spend more time reading the museum’s café menu than they do reading a curator’s comments by a work of art. It’s hard to slow down when nearly everything else we encounter through the media lasts for less than a minute. But it is worth trying.