Jeff Gates, Lead Producer New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is co-hosting Slow Art in DC with Georgina Goodlander and her staff at the Luce Foundation Center. Jeff has written a lovely blog post on Eye Level about the Slow Art movement and what they are doing at American Art to participate.
Jeff, as his title suggests, is a leader in online technology and social media. He, however, also always emphasizes the importance of face-to-face interaction.
He sees Slow Art as a way of building and extending online relationships and, of course, as a way to support museums and appreciate art.
Jeff says in his Slow Art at American Art blog post:
Social media is really hot right now. It’s a good way to bring our content to the surface and connect with people interested in our museum and our artworks. I always tell people, however, that there is nothing like face-to-face contact, and no social media app can compete with that. Twitter, blogs, and Facebook, after all, are only conduits for connecting people.
I, of course, agree and am glad to have the support and leadership of someone like Jeff and the staff at the American Art Museum.
If you are in the DC area this Saturday, October 17, then I encourage you to sign-up for the free Slow Art in DC.
Otherwise, Slow Art is in 16 cities. See all the events listed here.
P.S. If you go to DC, then you get to see this wonderful David Hockney.