AESTHETIC REALISM AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Taught by Arnold Perey
6:00 PM alternate Wednesdays
What Isn’t Anthropology About?
September 22 Truth and Lying; Promises and Broken Promises
The tribal view comparing the “person with forked tongue” and the truthful person. What does it say about our time?
October 6 “As the Twig Is Bent,” or the Future of Infants
A study of Pueblos, Alorese, the United States. Every parent and tribe hopes the little ones grow up with certain values. Are the adults true to these values?
October 23, SATURDAY How Much Zip, Mojo, Style Can a Spoon or Chair Have?
Saturday morning we meet with The Visual Arts and the Opposites class taught by Marcia Rackow. We’ll see the show Design and Art: Functional Objects from Donald Judd to Rachel Whiteread at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum: “ The first museum exhibition of the virtually unknown design works by some of the most influential artists of the last half century.” 2 East 91st Street: Take Lexington Avenue 4, 5, or 6 subway.
November 3 The Making of a Tribal Chief
Comparing primeval African and Native American criteria to each other and us.
November 17 The Turbulent Beauty of Evolution
December 1 Ego and Leadership amongst Camels, Reindeer, Cattle, Horses: In Other Words, amongst the Social Animals
December 15 Can You See Aesthetics in a Culture Not Your Own--or, Your Own?
Students speak on an instance of anthropology. Can we see beauty in this instance as we see opposites in it?--Even if it’s messy, strange, difficult?