The Beautiful and the Sublime
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Exploring Visual Forms in Art and Nature
July 21–27, 2019 | Santa Fe, NM
We all experience beauty, but do we know what beauty is? Is beauty a quality of the world or (only) of our experience? Are there other aesthetic categories, e.g. the sublime, that are even more significant or powerful than the beautiful? We’ll look at three classic inquiries in the philosophy of art—ancient, enlightenment, and post-modern. At the same time, we’ll explore—through reading, viewing, drawing, and immersion in art installation and nature—how to interpret and articulate our experience of visual form in general and how technology and various “lenses” (e.g. scientific inquiry) affect such interpretations. Our setting in Santa Fe makes possible an engagement with magnificent works of art, especially O’Keefe’s paintings and Meow Wolf’s immersive installation, and with uniquely beautiful natural settings.
Classes and Readings
Plato, Hippias Major
Kant, “On the Beautiful and the Sublime”
Heidegger, “On the Origin of the Work of Art”
Plant Drawing and Flower Dissection
Goethe, “On the Metamorphosis of Plants”
Ansel Adams, photography
Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
Yoga, calligraphy, archery
Visits to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Ghost Ranch, Canyon Road art district, Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return
June 30–July 6, 2019Revolution and Rebellion: Justice and Law
July 7–13, 2018Freedom and Order: Creating Laws, Government, and Society
The community formed among students is a natural extension of the friendships and ideas shared in the classroom. To further nurture a sense of community, Summer Academy students participate in non-academic workshops such as archery, pottery, yoga, and cooking. Off campus excursions will include a refreshing visit to Lake Abiquiu and a tour of Meow Wolf’s immersive, multi-media arts installation.