Everything in the World Can Make Your Mind Bigger!
Where: Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene St.
212-777-4490 Price: $8
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Taught by Aesthetic Realism consultants Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy, the event for children 5-12 is based on Aesthetic Realism, the education founded by the great American poet and critic Eli Siegel. Ms. Allen and Mr. Murphy will take up these kind sentences from Mr. Siegel’s essay “The World,” in his Children’s Guide to Parents & Other Living Matters:
“One way of describing the world is: Everything that can do something to you…. When you think of anything at all, some-thing happens to you, because the thing you think of becomes part of your mind. What happens to you when you think of the year 476? You may say, What have I got to do with this? But do you feel bigger or smaller when you think of a cat in 476, or a smile or a joke or another little boy in this same year? Wherever you are, the world will be about you.”
Girls and boys will learn that their mind is bigger when they see that the world is more like them than they ever imagined! The basis is this principle of Aesthetic Realism stated by Mr. Siegel: “The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites.” For instance, a child attending might see that her cell phone has inside and out-side, surface and depth. There are the apps on its face, the cover protecting it, the trim around it, and a hole on the side for its charger. They work so well together with all those intricate mechanisms going on inside. Does the young owner of this mobile device have these opposites too? Does she want to feel that what she shows can go along with what she thinks inwardly, to herself; that her surface doesn’t have to hide what she feels deep within her?
Whenever people, at any age, see how they’re related through the opposites to other people and objects, a wonderful thing happens: they feel the world is friendly; their hearts grow warmer and their minds, yes, bigger!Buy tickets/get more info now