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 an education in how to have that fairness.
Located in SoHo, NYC, the Foundation offers an exciting curriculum of classes and individual consultations by video conference during the pandemic. When public events resume, there will be seminars and thrilling theatrical presentations. Through the principles of Aesthetic Realism, people of all ages understand themselves newly. Read more
A Letter—meaningful & urgent—by photographer and author Len Bernstein
From his letter:
“There is nothing America and the world need more now than for people to see other people justly: to see each other with authentic respect; to see that persons one felt to be so different from oneself are also like oneself. Aesthetic Realism is the education that makes this possible. As an example, I’ll describe a tremendous change in my life.” Read more
Winter 2022 classes via video conference 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
Matthew D’Amico, Aesthetic Realism associate, and political coordinator for a NY State labor union, says: “In this work, which I care for greatly, Eli Siegel shows through wonderful imagination and historical facts that there are things in our country that endure, that can be cherished no matter what is occurring in America at any given time….”
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!
Celebrating the Life & Art of