Sunday, January 7, 2 pm, Farnsworth auditorium | Snow date – Monday, January 8, 2pm
$30 Farnsworth and CMCA members; $36 Non-members – Full Series
$10 Farnsworth and CMCA members; $12 Non-members – Per Session
CMCA and the Farnsworth Art Museum are co-presenting “Art for Us,” a four-part discussion series led by Museum Educator Roger Dell during the month of January 2018. Presented over four consecutive Sundays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 2pm, participants will discuss important questions concerning contemporary art and its historical context. Each session’s theme will be introduced by a brief slide presentation by Dell, followed by an open and engaging conversation. Take-home readings will be provided at each session to follow up on ideas and prepare for the next session.
Session One | What is Art?
The artist John Baldessari once said “Art is anything an artist does.” Can we be satisfied with that? Writer and critic Susan Sontag believed that art is the process of producing objects of grace, intelligence, expressiveness, energy, and sensuousness. This session will go beyond these two definitions of art, while examining many different answers to the question: “What is art?”
Presenter and discussion facilitator Roger Dell has taught art history, art appreciation, arts education, and the history of art museums from Hawaii to Maine, including the University of Maine, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the Harvard Extension School. He is the former Director of Education at the Farnsworth Art Museum.