Aesthetic Realism Foundation

Aesthetic Realism Welcome

The purpose of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation is to meet the urgent need for people throughout America and the world to see each other and reality fairly. The means to that fairness is Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by Eli Siegel, American poet, critic, and educator.

Located in SoHo, NYC, the foundation is a center for culture and kindness. It offers classes in the visual arts, poetry, music, anthropology, and more. There are public seminars, individual consultations, workshops for teachers, and thrilling dramatic and musical events. People of all ages understand themselves newly through the principles of Aesthetic Realism.

Aesthetic Realism Blog
Dale Laurin, architect and Aesthetic Realism consultant, writes:

When I first read “The Aesthetic Method in Self-Conflict,” I was amazed; I felt understood, less confused, more hopeful than ever before. In this chapter from his major work Self and World, Eli Siegel explains the central, underlying question every person is unknowingly trying to make sense of all the time...

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

The Spring-Summer semester of classes is now in session. For information about auditing classes, call the Registrar at 212.777.4490.

Recently published: The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, edited by Edward Green. Read an excerpt from Dr. Green’s thrilling and scholarly introduction “Ellington and Aesthetic Realism.”

Read a letter by essayist Ruth Oron, of Israel and New York, who writes with courage and honesty. For instance, she says:

“Studying Aesthetic Realism is the greatest thing that happened to me—it made my life happy and rich with meaning. In this letter I’m going to say some things about my life, because what I learned brings together the individual self—which each of us is—and a very big international matter. The fact that Aesthetic Realism explains both, is vivid evidence that it is what people and civilization itself are looking for.” more