The Critical Theory Reading Group Presents
Introduction To The Study of Aesthetics
Week 1: Art & the State
CTRG is concerned with the difficult and rewarding work of putting two seemingly unrelated things into conversation with one another. Viewing materials in this way allows us the opportunity to consider philosophy, religious texts, and political actions as forms of writing, while viewing art, music, literature, and poetry as epistemology, or ways of knowing and making sense of the world around us.
Over the next few weeks as part of our Introduction to the Study of Aesthetics series, we will be examining specific works of culture, from poetry, to architecture, to x-ray films, and allow ourselves to be curious about the meaning and value of aesthetic investigation.
This week, Art and the State will work through Russian Absurdism and Soviet Era Art and consider the relationship between art and power. Daniil Kharms was an author and poet who was exiled in the 1930's by Soviet authorities for his refusal to participate in the creation of art glorifying socialist and materialist ideologies. Although he was not an underground artist, Ilya Kabakov worked through his state sanctioned position to weave themes of conflict and memory into his work.
Please note: due to demand, the Critical Theory Reading Group will now meet twice each Wednesday, 10am and 7pm for 75 minutes at our new home on 2108 Rosewood Avenue.