SRL: Aesthetics Working Group

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The Working Group on the Concept of Art will consist of a small group of students who will explore together and with me the concept of the artwork in relation to their own studio work and to that of established artists. We will meet on and in a variety of occasions and contexts: seminars on the theory of art; studio visits; field trips to artists' studios and worksites; archives; and other venues depending on how our interests develop. Although we will read and discuss some important texts on the theory of art, the emphasis of the Working Group will be on establishing and developing a set of working hypotheses, concepts, ideas, and vocabulary that will be useful to us in getting a handle on the phenomenon we call "art." Initial discussions will focus on what sort of concept is appropriate to art - with whether, for example, art can be defined, and, if it cannot, with what sorts of general things may be said about it and how they may best be said. From this point of departure, the direction of the conversation will depend on what we turn up and the desires and aims of the members of the Working Group.