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—


Money, Love—& How Should We See the World?

Entertainment Is with the Profit System
A deep & hilarious 1971 lecture by Eli Siegel, on Arthur Kober’s 1937 hit comedy Having Wonderful Time—with scenes from the play.

“There are two ways of being entertained: one is to laugh and the other is to be gripped, to have your attention held—to have your dramatic sense satisfied. This play is well done. Tears are mingled with laughter; sighs are mingled with smirks.”

Proud Need: What Is It?
Reenactment of an Aesthetic Realism Lesson

“Everybody would like to be needed without limit—but everyone would like to be able to take things or leave them. The question, Ms. Mitchell, is: as a woman needs a man more, does she think she is weaker or stronger?”—Eli Siegel

still-life-with-onions-1898Wonder & the Everyday: Cezanne’s Still Life wIth Onions
By Nancy Huntting

“Cezanne sees the meaning in familiar objects, the drama of rest and motion. This is a ‘still life’—yet it is like a waterfall, a cataract of shapes and colors spilling across the table and over its edge.”

Contri. $10.

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Featured image: John Stern, On the Lake (detail)