Raise your hand if you spend more than half of your visit to any art opening chatting up friends you bump into, one after another. Now how many of us allow ourselves the luxury of visiting an exhibition after the reception night, and truly spend time with the works? Slow Art Day is a worldwide initiative to celebrate art, which encourages people to be truly present in the experience of viewing it. This year, the event is set to take place on Saturday, April 27, and some local institutions plan on leading the way by hosting Slow Art Day gatherings which will focus on their current exhibitions.
Rochester Contemporary Art Center (137 East Ave.) will host a Slow Art Day event 1-2 p.m., followed by lunch at 2 p.m. right around the corner at Java's Cafe (16 Gibbs St.). The event is free to attend, but bring some dough for lunch. For more information or to RSVP, call 461-222 or visit rochestercontemporary.org. Slow Art Day at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.) takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will engage in discussions facilitated by area artists Jeanne Beck, Elizabeth Durand, Sid Roepke, and Amy Vena, and MAG staffer Marlene Hamann-Whitmore. This event is included in gallery admission ($5-$12). For more information, call 276-8900 or visit mag.rochester.edu.