Arts·Commotion

AGO curator Melissa Smith on Slow Art Day and the value of lingering

What can we learn from Slow Art Day, the one day of the year that people are encouraged to stand in front of a piece of art for 10 whole minutes and take it all in? AGO curator Melissa Smith talks about the value of lingering, even beyond the walls of a gallery.

Smith makes the case for looking at works of art for longer than our initial instincts may suggest

A woman in a mask looks at a painting on a purple wall.
Patrons return to the Art Gallery of Ontario on July 17, 2020. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Slow Art Day is the one day of the year that people are encouraged to stand in front of a piece of art for 10 whole minutes and take it all in. The global event has a simple mission: to help more people discover the joy of looking at art.

AGO curator Melissa Smith joins host Elamin Abdelmahmoud to share what can we learn from looking slowly at a piece of art, and talk about the value of lingering — both within and beyond the walls of a gallery.

You can listen to the full discussion from today's show on CBC Listen or on our podcast, Commotion with Elamin Abdelmahmoud, available wherever you get your podcasts.


Interview with Melissa Smith produced by Jess Low.

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