Looking Hastily At Art

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.


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