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Slow down and take a closer look

Posted by Christina Jedra  March 21, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Peabody Essex Museum: 

Experience a museum in a whole new way with Slow Art Day at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM).  On Saturday, April 27, PEM joins more than 200 organizations worldwide in inviting visitors to take their time and take a closer look at art.  Championed by Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic at the New York Times, Slow Art Day is part of a grassroots movement that encourages people to take a break from their busy lives and delve deeply into select works of art, enhancing critical thinking through the act of careful looking.

Slow Art Day participants will view a selection of artworks that explore the theme “Passages” and then will meet others in the Atrium Café at 2 p.m. to talk about the experience. This year, Salem resident and art enthusiast Steven Johnson is hosting the event. He has chosen the theme to examine “the passage of time, a piece of art through various cultures, the passages of the viewer's life experiences and even the actual architectural passages of the museum.”

Ten pieces will be chosen from as many separate media as possible – sculpture, site installations, painting, etc. – and participants will have access to a handout prompting them on how to approach the various works in a Slow Art context. 

FREE WITH ADMISSION | REGISTER ONLINE: slowartpem2013.eventbrite.com
Salem residents always enjoy free admission to the museum. 

ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM

Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents outstanding works of artistic and cultural creativity in ways that transform people's lives. The museum's collection is among the finest of its kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture as well as outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast holding, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and an interactive education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200yearold house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. Currently, a comprehensive $650 million Campaign is underway to advance PEM's mission, fortify its endowment, improve infrastructures and build a 175,000-square-foot expansion, set to open in 2017.

HOURS:  Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm and the third Thursday of every month, 10 am-9:30 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and  New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 8667451876 or visit our website at www.pem.org

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