The purpose of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation is to meet the urgent need for people throughout the world to see each other and reality fairly. Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by the American poet and critic, Eli Siegel, is a tremendous education in how to have that fairness.
Located in SoHo, NYC, the Foundation offers an exciting curriculum of classes—see the listing below—and individual consultations by video conference. When public events resume, there will be seminars and vibrant theatrical presentations. Through the principles of Aesthetic Realism, people of all ages understand themselves newly. Read more
A Letter—powerful & kind—by Meryl Nietsch-Cooperman, Aesthetic Realism Consultant
From her letter:
“At this time of so much worry in the world, I am writing to you about what I consider the most important, truly hopeful, vitally needed education there is. For many years, I have seen that Aesthetic Realism is TRUE, and I’ve seen its tremendous usefulness for everyone! Read more
Winter 2023 classes via video conference are now in session.
- The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry
- Anthropology Is about You & Everyone
- The Visual Arts & the Opposites
- The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method
- The Opposites in Music
- “If It Moves, It Can Move You”: Opposites in the Cinema
- Understanding Marriage!
Want to audit a class? Contact the registrar at 212.777.5055, between 2-6 PM Eastern Time (USA), Monday through Friday. Be sure to make your request at least 2 days in advance of the class.
“Like of the World versus Racism”
—was published in the summer of 2020, a crucial time in history. It explains three hugely important things: 1) the cause of all prejudice and racism; 2) the state of mind we need to have as we think about other people if we’re going to be just to them—including, very much, people who look different from us; 3) how the way of seeing in all true art is utterly opposed to racism. The means by which people’s minds and feelings can really change from prejudice to justice is in this issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known! Read more
Barbara Kestenbaum, who worked in Special Education for over 30 years, writes:
I remember, when my son was born, looking at his tiny fingers with awe and asking, “Who is this little boy?” And as many parents also do, I worried, “Will I be a good mother?” When I read “The Child,” a chapter from Eli Siegel’s Self and World, I began to see that a very young person is in the midst of large questions about nothing less than the world itself. And I saw with excitement, they were my questions too!
At this time, though Aesthetic Realism consultations cannot take place in person, we’re glad to say they are taking place via Zoom video conference or by telephone. You can find out more here.
See the Online Exhibition!
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