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
Ken Kimmelman, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and Aesthetic Realism consultant, says about this upcoming class in his course "If It Moves, It Can Move You": Opposites in the Cinema:

Every election is about the opposites: centrally, one and many. How much will a particular candidate—who is one person—honestly represent the people, all the people, in their manyness? Or is the candidate mainly interested in taking care of just himself or herself and “the 1 percent”?...

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