11 a.m. Saturday, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square. Free with museum admission. portlandmuseum.org.
In this fast-paced world of busy schedules and constant mobile connectivity, it takes some reminding that we all need to slow down once in a while. An international event with over 2,000 museums and galleries participating, Slow Art Day offers a chance for folks to examine five pieces of thought-provoking art and discuss them with others in a focused and deliberate way. The Portland Museum of Art’s event this year includes these five artworks: Albert Bierstadt, Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley, California; William Zorach, Bathing Girl; Mary Cassatt, Helene is Restless; Edward Steichen, Moonlight Dance, Voulangis; Mark Wethli, Crossing. The discussion will be held at the museum’s cafe at 11 a.m. Saturday, which allows visitors an hour to view the works before talking with others about them. The event is free with regular museum admission.