You don’t have to be a dyed-in-the-wool foodie to know that “slow food” is about the intense and leisurely appreciation of food that has, on occasion, itself taken a goodly amount of time to braise and stew, simmer and generally to cook till it reaches a singular point of doneness.  

Well, “slow art,” or the appreciation of a piece, or several pieces of art, over an extended period of time, is based on the same principle.

And no art venue now appreciates that concept more than the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Over every third Friday of every month, through August, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth offers its patrons Slow Art at the Modern, or the chance to deliberately, even languidly, appreciate a single piece of art from its storied collection. The docent-led “tour” itself lasts for 30 minutes and it begins, quite intentionally, after all the stress and demands of a regular work day are done, at 5:30 p.m.

Patrons are also invited to segue naturally from the “slow” and steady focus on a piece of art to the leisurely appreciation afforded by happy hour at Café Modern, where half-priced beer and wine along with discounted appetizers might spark a reflective discussion of the art work you have just spent the prior 30-minutes absorbing – “slowly.”

Details: Slow Art at the Modern. 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2014 (and every third Friday of the month through August at 5:30 p.m.). The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth. More information: 817-738-9215;

Modern Art Museum Fort Worth Adult Tour