This crucial principle by Eli Siegel is our basis: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.” This is true for people across the map and thousands of years ago as well as ourselves here and now.
We’ll study a groundbreaking discussion of anthropology in The Aesthetic Nature of the World by Eli Siegel, Chapter 5. This chapter is titled “Emotion Exists.”
As we see how the opposites of Sameness and Difference are deeply and grandly one in humanity, we’re moved the way a good painting, great music can stir the emotions.
1.The Forest and You
"As soon as any living being in a forest is stirred favorably or unfavorably by something in that forest, the world is showing its aesthetic power." —Eli Siegel
2. An Ethical Principle with Myriads of FormsOctober 6
"What comes out most clearly is the preoccupation of the primitive mind with brave dreams that, however fantastic in themselves, react on it to stimulate desire and enlarge hope." —R.R. Marett
3. No class WEDNESDAY night but class will be SATURDAY October 23 @ 11 AM
We’ll see “The World of Khubilai Khan” as we join The Visual Arts and the Opposites class, taught by Marcia Rackow, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
4. The Grandeur of Sameness: Yoruba, Trobriand, and NYC
5.Shaping Clay, Flaking Stone, Thinking of the Infinite
6.What Is Totemism & Do We Have It? — A Lively Survey
"Frazer conceives totemic phenomena as essentially the same the world over." —Robert Lowie & Clark Wissler
7. The Opposites As You Find Them in Anthropology