Michael Findlay: Seeing Slowly

Thursday September 28: 7:00PM 8:00PM

International art dealer Michael Findlay wishes for museum patrons to bypass the audio tours and skip the informative labels, choosing instead to view art in an uninfluenced light. It’s an intimidating suggestion to novice art viewers, but Michael is prepared to guide us all through the process!

In order to view art we must strip away what has been taught as the proper way to dissect the pieces and instead to rely on our own instincts and reactions; it trains museum goers to enter galleries with more confidence, more equipped to form their own opinions, more able to view art with a sense of curiosity and intelligence.

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Michael discusses the art of looking with writer Saïd Sayrafiezadeh.

Buy a copy of Seeing Slowly or a $15 gift card in-store at the Strand's main floor registers or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the doors next door at 826 Broadway.

MICHAEL FINDLAY is a Director of Acquavella Galleries, which specializes in Impressionist and Modern European works of art and post-war American painting and sculpture. Mr. Findlay directed one of the first galleries in SoHo, New York City, in the 1960’s and ran his own gallery there 1969-1977. In 1984 he joined Christie’s auction house and was head of the Impressionist and Modern paintings department until 1992 when he became International Director of Fine Arts and a member of Christie’s Board of Directors. He retired from Christie’s in 2000. Findlay has published essays and art criticism in magazines and exhibition catalogues and has been writing and publishing poetry since the 1960s. He is a contributing author of “The Expert versus The Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts” edited by Ronald Spencer and published by Oxford University Press in 2004. His book, “The Value of Art”, was published by Prestel in 2012, and has been translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean.

SAÏD SAYRAFIEZADEH is the author of the story collection Brief Encounters With the Enemy and the memoir When Skateboards Will Be Free. His short stories and personal essays have appeared in The New YorkerThe Paris ReviewThe New York TimesGrantaMcSweeney’s, Best American Non-required Reading and New American Stories, among other publications. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award for non ction and a ction fellowship from the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. Said teaches memoir in the mfa program at Hunter College and creative writing at New York University.

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