Art Now: Aesthetics Across Music, Painting, Architecture, Movies & More
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (5th Ave. & 42nd St., Manhattan)
It is one of the most debated subjects of all time: What is art? Some might think it doesn’t much matter whether or not consensus is achieved on this highly subjective topic, but the definition of art has an enormous impact upon how the arts are — or aren’t — funded. The question of what constitutes art spills over into debates about art’s value to society — whether access to the arts is right as basic as education or health care. In this video lecture from The Floating University, Bard College President Leon Botstein explains why it is essential to ask these questions and offers a sturdy basis for evaluating them. He goes so far as to suggest that engaging with art can give our lives meaning and purpose.
The live audience Q&A with President Botstein and moderated by The Floating University’s co-founder Peter Hopkins, immediately follows the lecture screening.