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Appreciating Art: Is Art Good, Bad, Real, or Fake?

Tuesday, September 05, 2017, 07:30pm

the-connoiseur-1962Who defines good and bad art? Respecting America's democratic traditions of equality, then what criteria determine artistic value?  Works of art have the power to capture beauty, move and inspire, change your perceptions, and communicate the nature of human experience. Great art is also complex, mysterious, and challenging, often filled with enigmatic symbolism, historical references, and visionary imagery. What does it take to truly know what you're seeing in the 'eye of the beholder'? Award-winning, Fairfield University Art History Professor Philip Eliasoph, currently The New York Times' Education blogger for arts and visual culture, speaks to these and other compelling questions. Since our daily lives are impacted by visual culture, his illustrated talk animates masterpieces old and new, and some not so impressive examples as well, to provide specific interpretive knowledge. Enjoy his lively and candid approach to great artworks, examining their deeper meanings, while you gain new levels of appreciation!

Free and open to all.

Philip EliasophAbout the Presenter: Philip Eliasoph is a professor in the Visual and Performing Arts school at Fairfield University. He tours students on museum trips and cultural tours from New York to Florence and Rome, and has made significant contributions to the field of American Art with his research and publications. He is a public arts advocate, serving by appointment of the Governor on the Commissioner for the State of Connecticut's Arts Division, and was the founding co-president of the Town of Fairfield Arts Council. In 1996 he was the founder, director and on-stage host/moderator for the university's popular 'Town Hall' public affairs series: Open Visions Forum. Professor Eliasoph was honored with the Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award by Fairfield University in 2008.

Location : Auditorium
Contact : (203) 259-0346 ext. 115

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