The purpose of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation is to meet the urgent need for people throughout America and the world to see each other and reality fairly. The means to that fairness is Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by Eli Siegel, American poet, critic, and educator. Located in SoHo, NYC, the foundation is a center for culture and kindness. It offers classes in the visual arts, poetry, music, anthropology, and more. There are public seminars, individual consultations, workshops for teachers, and thrilling dramatic and musical events. People of all ages understand themselves newly through the principles of Aesthetic Realism. Read more
Classes—Update, May 24, 2020:
Though in-person events and classes are, of course, not taking place at this time—we are glad that the following Aesthetic Realism classes for the Spring-Summer 2020 semester are now in session via video conference:
- 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
- Understanding Marriage!
To audit a class, permission must be requested by telephone 2 days in advance of the date of the class. Contact Registrar at 212.777.5055, between 2-6 PM Eastern Time (USA), Monday through Friday.
Consultations—Update, March 20, 2020
At this time, though Aesthetic Realism consultations cannot take place in person, we’re glad to say they are taking place via telephone. You can find out more here.
At this turbulent time, we present a work of art that—more than any other we know—can bring people the true composure and strength of mind and feeling everyone is thirsting for. Here is the stirring film of Eli Siegel’s prize-winning poem Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana.
Film by Ken Kimmelman
Jeffrey Carduner, Aesthetic Realism consultant, writes:
“Even Now, a World to Treasure” does something that is magnificently kind and scientific. It shows that in our present time of so much worry, even a terrible virus can be used to see and know what is true about reality and about ourselves. What an encouragement, what an education is here! You’ll be moved, you’ll feel reality makes sense and can be known and honestly liked, as you read the beautiful, surprising, great “Even Now, a World to Treasure,” the newest issue of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known.
Terrain Gallery Anniversary Exhibition
Celebrating the Life & Art of
You’ll be thrilled to read this letter by Devorah Tarrow. She tells about the Aesthetic Realism Foundation’s great, good effect on people of all ages as she writes about our Outreach events—and more!
“I am Devorah Tarrow, Aesthetic Realism consultant, sociologist, and Director of Outreach for the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, the most valuable and exciting educational institution in America.
“Aesthetic Realism…has the answers to the most pressing national matters—youth violence, failing education, the horrible prejudice and economic injustice that make for so much suffering. [It] also answers the biggest questions in people’s personal lives—including How can I really like myself?…” more