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.
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What makes a rose beautiful? Why has the Acropolis continued to move people over the centuries? Why is the Mona Lisa considered one of the greatest works of art in history? In this revolutionary principle, Eli Siegel has given the criterion for beauty of any place, any time: “All beauty…
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The Aesthetic Realism Foundation is very grateful for the support received from those who attended our Holiday Gala Benefit. It was a great success! The funds raised are important to our ongoing and so needed work, including the many courses, classes, seminars, and dramatic presentations at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, and the outreach workshops and events this foundation provides. Thank you!
The Winter 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
See this stirring film of Eli Siegel’s Nation prize-winning poem “Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana.” Historian Howard Zinn said of it:
“Ken Kimmelman’s reproduction, on film, of Eli Siegel’s magisterial poem, is an extraordinary achievement. It matches, in its visual beauty, the elegance of Siegel’s words, and adds the dimension of stunning imagery to an already profound work of art.”