Summer 2021: Independent Study, Art and Aesthetics

Beuys, I love America and America Loves Me

Description

We will read and discuss major contributions to aesthetics and philosophy of art in the phenomenological, hermeneutical and critical theory traditions.

Format

Very brief introductions/questions to/for each session, open discussion of the texts.

Goal

To gain “some” understanding of major 20th Century contributions to art and aesthetics.

Note

These sessions neither can replace a thorough study of the authors discussed nor do they go beyond the surface of their thoughts.

Time

Mondays, 11am-12:30pm, EST, Detroit

Zoom

The Zoom link will be distributed via email.

Texts

Texts will be sent out via email/pdf

Evaluation

Paper, submitted by the end of summer

Schedule (tentative)

Hermeneutics & Phenomenology

May 17, Gadamer
Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful, pp.1-56 (essay)
Voluntary: Lotz, section on formed images in The Art of Gerhard Richter

May 24, Gadamer
Gadamer, The Relevance of the Beautiful, pp.74-83; 92-105; 105-116; 116-131

May 31, Cassirer
Cassirer, Art, in: Essay on Man, 176-217

June 7, Jonas
Jonas, Homo Pictor

June 14, Merleau-Ponty
Merleau-Ponty, Cezanne’s Doubt (in: The Merleau-Ponty Reader)

June 21, Merleau-Ponty
Merleau-Ponty, Eye and Mind (in: The Merleau-Ponty Reader)

Critical Theory

June 28, Benjamin
Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, in Writings, Vol.4
Voluntary: Adorno, Letters to Benjamin & Benjamin, Reply to Adorno (in: Jameson, Aesthetics and Politics)

July 5, Lukacs
Lukacs, Realism in the Balance (in: Jameson, Aesthetics and Politics)
Bloch, Discussing Expressionism (in: Jameson, Aesthetics and Politics)
Voluntary: Adorno, Reconciliation under Duress ( in: Jameson, Aesthetics and Politics)
Voluntary: Lotz, Husserl, Expressionism, and the Eidetic Impulse in Brücke’s Woodcut

July 12, Marcuse
Marcuse, The Aesthetic Dimension
Voluntary: Marcuse, The New Sensibility, in: An Essay on Liberation, ch.2
Voluntary: Marcuse, Letters to Chicago Surrealists, in Art and Liberation. Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, ch.9

Wrap Up

July 19, Wrap up
Please prepare a 2-page reflection/question paper to be distributed by the end of Saturday, July 17

August 31
Paper due via email

Artists on Art [cancelled sessions]

July 26, Bacon
Bacon, Interviews with Sylvester
Voluntary: Deleuze, Excerpts from Logic of Sensation
Voluntary: Lotz, Representation or Sensation? A Critique of Deleuze’s Philosophy of Painting

Bacon 2021: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/francis-bacon

Aug 2, Beuys
Beuys, What is Art?
Voluntary: Lotz, Art = Capital? Reflections on Joseph Beuys’ Das Kapital Raum 1970-1977
Voluntary: Lotz, Representing Capital? Mimesis, Realism, and Contemporary Photography

Watch Joseph Beuys – wie man dem toten Hasen die Bilder erklärt (Engl. Subs): https://youtu.be/z_VPN8M1SGw and https://youtu.be/oBNZUj1J1fE

Beuys 2021: https://beuys2021.de/en