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Virtual Conversation: Slow Looking and Monet

On the occasion of the exhibition Monet and Chicago, author and educator Rachel Cohen, professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago, leads a participatory program focused on slow looking. Participants engage in close observation of works by Monet and develop note-taking practices through a simple series of creative writing prompts.

About the Speaker

Rachel Cohen has just published Austen Years: A Memoir in Five Novels, a book about close reading in a time of grief and transformation, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice in the summer of 2020. During the pandemic, she has kept an online notebook about close looking at art while far away, collected at The Frederick Project and featured in essays she has written for the New Yorker online and Lit Hub. Her presentations on close reading and looking draw international audiences, and are at the center of her teaching practice —she is professor of Practice in the Arts in creative writing at the University of Chicago, and teaches courses on writing about art, and writing in times of crisis.