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
Nancy Huntting, Aesthetic Realism consultant, writes:

Does all art make a one of the known and unknown? Can we learn from music to do a better job with these big opposites in our lives? And how can we do better with opposites related to the known and unknown: the bewildering, sometimes tormenting opposites of sureness and unsureness?

Read “Everyone’s Confusion—& Music,” the great new issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

Come to the Aesthetic Realism Foundation’s HOLIDAY GALA BENEFIT! on Sunday, December 4th. Featuring the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company in a dazzling CABARET! With an exciting Silent Auction—Live Jazz, a Sumptuous Buffet, & More! For information & to buy tickets, click here.

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

Read what consultant Nancy Huntting writes about the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, America, and her own life—

“Aesthetic Realism explains two huge things that have been seen as inexplicable: what makes for beauty, and what makes for cruelty…. [Because it does] not only can the things most tormenting humanity be understood and end, but people can have in their everyday lives a pride, happiness, kindness, and excitement they didn’t think were possible. That is what happened to me.” more

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!