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 the upcoming April 23rd class in his course "If It Moves It Can Move You": Opposites in the Cinema:

The struggle for political power has gone on throughout history, and there have been juntas, cover-ups, and coups. These have been the subject of many films. Some political films have been remembered because they've shown aesthetically, with form, the bad power...

Aesthetic Realism Annoiuncement

SPECIAL REPEAT PERFORMANCE!: Shakespeare’s Othello; or, Clever and Deep Evil, on Sunday, June 8! Click here

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

Read an important letter by sculptor Donita Ellison! It is about the Aesthetic Realism Foundation and why its work is so valuable. She says (for instance):

How do we see people other than ourselves? is the biggest matter in everyone’s personal life. It’s also the biggest matter in America’s economy, and in what happens in our streets, schools, government. And it’s through Aesthetic Realism consultations that a person can make sense at last of how he or she sees other people—and change magnificently for the better! more