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
Leila Rosen, Aesthetic Realism associate, writes about this upcoming Public Seminar:

Men and women everywhere want to be stirred by things and people, to have big feeling. At the same time, we can think that to feel a lot is dangerous and weak. How can we make sense of this confusion? What will truly make us stronger: having more feeling or less? And what kind of feeling are we most hoping to have?

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

REGISTRATION for the Spring-Summer semester of classes is taking place between Apr 25 and May 6, 2016. Study Poetry, Music, Art, Education, Acting, Singing, Anthropology, Flim Studies & more—For information, click here.

Hear Aesthetic Realism consultant Devorah Tarrow speak on art & self: “Can We Have Pleasure and Self-Respect at Once? Picasso’s ’Two Women Running on the Beach.”’ —A powerful video illustrating Eli Siegel’s great Principle of Opposites!

Read this vital and honest letter by educator Rosemary Plumstead, who writes:

“I consider the Aesthetic Realism Foundation the most important cultural and educational institution in America….In this letter, I’m very happy to comment on two aspects of the Foundation’s work: consultations and the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method….It was in consultations that I first learned that there is a fight going on in me and everyone between two desires…” more