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Slowly, Slowly 

Wednesday, Apr 2 2014

In 2008 a man named Phil Terry spent hours in New York's Jewish Museum checking out art. Okay, so lots of people spend hours in the Jewish Museum. No big deal. However, Terry spent all of this time viewing only two pieces — and viewing them very, very slowly. Thrilled with his experience, Terry started Slow Art Day, a day for — you guessed it — viewing art slowly. In the past six years, the event has spread to over 200 venues all over the world, including San Francisco's de Young and Legion of Honor. It works simply; after signing up for one of four guided tours, you will be taken to view a few pieces from the permanent collection of one of the museums. Like Terry, you'll be spending a fair amount of time looking at each piece; about 10 minutes each. And really looking at it. No texting, no chatting with your partner, just really taking in a piece of art. The day wraps up with lunch and a discussion on your thoughts with your tour group.

Sat., April 12, 10 a.m., 2014

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