10:00AM - 12:00PM
In collaboration with Queens University of Charlotte, Dr. Eric Mullis will lead each class in this fascinating new three-part series discussing art, aesthetics and philosophy. Dr. Mullis is a popular speaker and serves as Assistant Professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Queens.
Class 1: Plato on Art, Truth and Censorship
A student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle, Plato wrote on a wide range of topics including ethics, political philosophy, and art. In the Republic, Plato discusses the relationship between works of art and truth. He also spells out the role that art can play in education and how it can influence the public. Plato’s ideas will be presented and a discussion will follow. Is Plato’s thinking about art relevant today?
Class 2: John Dewey and R. G. Collingwood on Expression in Art
In the early 20th century, many artists, critics, and philosophers argued that artists express their ideas and emotions, and that the works of art that they produce capture them. Then, those who encounter those works of art can experience the original artistic expressions. We will examine the work of two philosophers who articulated similar theories of artistic expression, and will then consider strengths and weaknesses of those views.
Class 3: Arthur Danto and the Post-Modern
In the 1970s Arthur Danto began thinking about marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades and Andy Warhol’s Brillo boxes. In The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, Danto considers the development of post-modern art and comes to some intriguing conclusions. We will discuss Danto’s approach, and will consider the viability of post-modern art in the present.