Sunday, January 21, 2 pm, CMCA | Snow date – Monday, January 22, 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 Three | What is Artistic Beauty?
Can it be as simple as “beauty is in the eye of the beholder?” Probably not. There exists an entire 300-year old discipline in the humanities called “aesthetics,” which attempts to definite what beauty is and what it looks like. We will begin with a broad look at beauty, trace its beginnings back to the ancient Greeks, then zero-in on the history of beauty in the visual arts. What happens when Euro-centric concepts of beauty are applied to Asian art or contemporary art, for example? How is beauty defined in contemporary art, and do contemporary artists even consider beauty when creating their work?
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.