WHAT IS AESTHETIC REALISM?
To begin answering this question, I recommend that you visit Congressman Elijah E. Cummings' tribute to Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism, in the US Congressional Record.
Also see how the Aesthetic Realism method is used in understanding art and ourselves at the Terrain Gallery website. You can see biographies of the Faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation (including myself). And visit the Aesthetic Realism Foundation website for more information.
Now look at "Aesthetic
Realism; or, Is a Person an Aesthetic Situation?" — This link
goes to my colleague Anne Fielding's Web site where you can read this short
explanation by Eli Siegel. It was given in an interview with Lewis Nichols
New York Times Book Review. It begins, "Aesthetic Realism
sees the world and a person or self as an aesthetic situation. It also
sees the various sciences and arts as aesthetic situations: painting, the
drama, chemistry, geology have something in common. The question then is,
what is an aesthetic situation?" ... Click
here to continue reading "Aesthetic Realism; or, Is a Person an Aesthetic Situation?
Opposites in Music Class
This is the class I teach at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation with my colleagues Anne
Fielding and Edward Green. Click
here to continue reading "The Opposites in Music" at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation.
I teach the flute in my studio. For more information, click
This is an article about
what I've seen. Aesthetic Realism shows that the first opposites for a person are oneself and
the world — and we're trying to do a good job with these
opposites from birth....Click
here to continue reading how Aesthetic Realism sees the beginnings of music.
Through studying the opposites of contempt and respect in the history of marriage and in their own lives including yesterday's incident at the breakfast table .... Read more here.
to coast, marriages are suffering because of the failed economy. Women
are speaking like this wife of twenty-five years, whose husband lost his
job; she is quoted in an article in New York Newsday: "We fight
all the time now" ... Click
here to continue.
Mix-up in Marriage about Coldness and Warmth"
A wife wrote
in her diary January 15, 1869: "[My husband] told me during the evening
that he loved me above all else in the world, and these words made me immeasurably
happy"....Wives have longed to hear these words from their husbands —"I
love you above all else in the world" and have felt they represent the
warmth, the passion they need in what they see as an uncaring world. And
then there comes to be increasing coldness, distrust of each other, and
pain. The question is why? ... Click
here to continue reading
Graders Learn about Opposites in Reality, Literature and Themselves
(West Orange Chronicle, NJ)
is a form of despair in students that has grown alarmingly in the last
years: teenage suicide. Programs have been instituted in schools to teach
students and teachers how to recognize the signs of a child thinking of
suicide: listlessness, grades dropping, lack of interest, sudden angers,
more and more isolation.
"Specialists agree," reports the New York Times (March 14, 1984), "that no single theory can account for all suicides and
no single measure can prevent them."
is not true. Eli Siegel has described what talks place in a person who
wants to kill himself. He wrote in The Right of Aesthetic Realism to
Be Known, no. 229 ... Click
here to continue reading how Aesthetic Realism sees suicide in a young person.
In these definitive principles, Eli Siegel, the greatest of educators,
gave teachers the method, so longed for by students and teachers, to enable students to learn
successfully and to replace prejudice with knowledge and good will: (1) "The purpose of education is to like the world" (Self and World,
p. 5). (2) Contempt — "the lessening of what is different from oneself
as a means of self-increase as one sees it" — is the greatest interference
to learning and the fundamental cause of all injustice. (3) "The world,
art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites"... Click
here to continue.
heard a report on CBS News Sunday Morning about what is happening to over
500 people who are going to be losing good paying jobs at the Kellogg cereal
South Plant there in Battle Creek...."
I want you to know this important article about an economic situation affecting
millions of husbands and wives:
Is Real Only if Ordinary Folks Can Feel It" By Timothy Lynch, head of Teamsters
local 1205 / Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
described what the indicators of a real recovery are: 'If there is a recovery,
everyone will see it, not just a few economists more pleased than they
should be, perhaps, with what the basis of economics has been. If persons
who rent apartments, buy groceries, buy clothes, see the recovery so much
talked about, these persons will be convincing....Recovery begins in the
kitchen, is expressed in the bedroom, is agreed to in the street.'" ... Click here to
Larry Kranz Flute Pages: A major online resource for flutists, which includes numerous relevant links.
National Flute Association (United States)
The Flute Society of New South Wales, Australia
The Flute Network, San Bernadino, California
The Flute Network is a non-profit educational corporation serving flutists, flute teachers, and the people who love them.
Barbara Allen and husband Dr. Arnold Perey at the American Library Association
meeting in Chicago, IL where three new books (two shown here) were
made public: Gwe: Young Man of New Guinea—a novel against racism,
by Dr. Perey,
Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism, edited and co-authored by Alice Bernstein,
and Were They Equal? a
traditional African tale against prejudice with
Elephant, & Hippopotamus, as told and illustrated by Dr. Perey.