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Aesthetic Realism


Pioneering dramatic and musical presentations take place at the Foundation, and elsewhere as part of the Foundation’s Outreach Program. These productions—a new dramatic form with performance and comment—include “Ibsen, Bach, &—What Interferes with Love!,”; “Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Opposites, & Our Greatest Hopes!”; “Evil Seen Beautifully!; or, Voltaire’s Candide, and more.

Upcoming Special Event: 

SUNDAY    AUGUST 7    2:30 PM 

An Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company Production of
Eli Siegel’s Magnificent 1951 Lecture

A Midsummer Night’s Dream;
or, Earthy Whirl

with scenes from the play

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And—Live Music on Flute & Harpsichord

What is the meaning of Shakespeare’s radiant, puzzling comedy of 1594, A Midsummer Night’s Dream?  What does it say about the world we meet today, the confusion we can feel now?  The answers are in this matinee of scintillating theatrical entertainment and tremendous cultural significance!

In his 1951 lecture Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, explained that the play is about opposites everyone is trying to put together right now: exactitude and abandon, heaviness and lightness, strength and gentleness. He said:

“Shakespeare was taken by the question What kind of world is this? He bows to a world both shimmering and obstructive. . . . Aesthetics can, while accepting the utmost in confusion, see the music that brings it all together. That is one of the sweet glories of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Contri. $15.

For the announcement, click here.

Featured image: Alex Katz, Woods, 1991 (detail)