Exercises for the Quiet Eye

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11:00 am
Free and open to the public

Ann Wessmann and Christina Pitsch

Mary Lang, Miniature World, Victoria, BC (left), Lynda Schlosberg, Release (right).

Annie Storr, an art historian and museum educator, will lead art experiencing exercises in a session at Kingston Gallery that is free and open to the public. Guests will contemplate artwork by all the members in their exhibition Relay. Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see. EQE was developed for non-specialists and general audiences, but it can also support the training of arts educators and docents. It guides participants to use art to embrace ambiguity, intellectual exploration, and personal reflection.

Presenter Bio

Annie Storr teaches interdisciplinary arts at Montserrat College of Art, having devoted her career to exploring the intersection of art history, museum practice and public education. She was Founding Chair of Education Studies at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC until 2014. At the Corcoran, she developed "Exercises for the Quiet Eye," a suite of guided looking techniques designed to foster reflective looking, a mindful relationship between art and viewer, and a tolerance for ambiguity in life and art. She travels nationally with EQE. This fall, she joins the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University as a Visiting Scholar, for her work on artist/activist, Ellen Gates Starr (1859-1940).

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