Ways You Can Study

Aesthetic Realism


These exciting evenings are a completely new combination of education and entertainment! You’ll learn about the biggest matters in your own life through wonderful talks that Eli Siegel gave—on love and the visual arts, economics and comedy, and so much more. Here are just a few titles: “Jane Eyre; or, This Girl Had Good Will,” “Humor and Strangeness,” “Sculpture: Weight as Lightness,” “Ownership, Strikes, Unions,” and “Poetry and Love.”

You’ll also hear authorities in their fields—including musicians, painters, architects—present vivid examples of how the opposites that are together in the arts explain people’s most immediate questions. And in the dramatic reenactments of the lessons Mr. Siegel gave, you’ll hear an unprecedented understanding of people’s feelings—our hopes and fears. These lessons are the basis of the consultations that take place now.

Upcoming Dramatic Presentations—


How Should We See People?

Aesthetic Realism & People by Eli Siegel

“Every person who has ever lived, whether in Greenpoint or Persia, gives us a chance of knowing ourselves better….The more we know people, the more we feel what goes on within them, the more we feel why they do as they do—the better it is for us….Aesthetic Realism says: Once you have a chance to know somebody close or far and you don’t take it, please try to see yourself clearly and proudly as wrong.

The importance of people is that they are reality in the richest form.”

Are We Sensible about Praise?
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson

“People don’t know how to take being praised. To distinguish praise that makes one stronger from praise that just flatters is very hard.” —Eli Siegel

Johannes Vermeer-Officer-and-Laughing-GirlWelcoming the Unknown; or, Vermeer’s Officer and Laughing Girl
By Barbara McClung

“As light from the window shines on this woman, she is alight from within too—she is warmly responsive.”

Contri. $10.

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Featured image: Johannes Vermeer, Officer and Laughing Girl, 1655-1660

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SATURDAY  ♦  OCTOBER 15, 2016    8 PM

About Art, Life, & Relation

American Things Are Related
In this powerful 1972 lecture, Eli Siegel speaks of important works that have to do with American history—John Drinkwater’s play Abraham Lincoln, James Fenimore Cooper’s Deerslayer, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Justice Denied in Massachusetts,” and more. He says:

“The word related is the most hopeful word in the world….My purpose is to give an idea of how the feeling was, say, in the summer of 1776—and then a year after the Declaration of Independence. Another purpose is to show how the trivial things of the world, the comic things of the world, are related to the tears of the world. With all the messiness of history, there is a direction. Justice is very busy.”

Is Your Anger Right? Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson

Every person should ask, “Where am I angry for a cause that isn’t good enough?” As soon as a person is angry he thinks he is right. —Eli Siegel

Barbara Allen-flute-2015Aesthetic Realism & The Art of the Flute
An Interview with flutist Barbara Allen by Dr. Edward Green, from the Hellenic Journal of Music, Education, and Culture

Barbara Allen: Musicians who study Aesthetic Realism are fortunate to be able to ask, consciously and clearly, What does this note deserve? That is not unlike the question Eli Siegel asked me about how I saw people: Do I grant people what they deserve?  Do I want to see their inner lives? Both people and notes have inner lives.

Contri. $10

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