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William McGregor Paxton, Girl with a Hand Mirror, by 1915, oil on canvas, frame: 38 × 43 1/8 inches. Reading Public Museum, Reading, PA Museum purchase.

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We Wear the Mask – VIRTUAL

Friday, March 5, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free for Museum Members; $10 suggested donation for non-members

Join Kay Dunn and Susan Coleman, touring docents, for an interactive conversation about three artworks in our Collection and special exhibition Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens. Before the discussion, find a quiet space. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let it out slowly. Now open your eyes, and engage with the artworks in the image gallery; click on the thumbnail for a larger image, and spend about 15 minutes looking slowly at each.

  • What’s going on in this artwork? What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What kinds of masks do you see in this work? What’s its purpose?
  • Sometimes wearing a mask is required; other times, it’s a choice. Is this mask required or worn by choice?
  • Does wearing a mask change our relationship to others? Does/can it change who we are?

Slow Art Fridays

Monthly on second Fridays at 12pm, docents lead virtual, in-depth conversations about a few artworks in our Collection or special exhibitions. The goal is simple: slow down, discover the joy of looking at art, and talk about the experience with others. Topics, artworks, and self-guided questions are posted on the Museum's website in advance for participants, or for those wishing to have a self-guided experience on their own. For more information or to add your name to our Slow Art Fridays mailing list, click here or call 828.253.3227 x122.

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