After the ‘Beauty” music quiz we looked for meanings in these two stories in this week’s news.
Right: Pennsylvania Station, New York, N.Y., erected 1910, destroyed 1963.
Left: East Campus, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, erected 1901, destroyed 2013? Link to FB page for Students for East Campus.
scene from the film La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, 1960, Marcello Mastroanni (as Marcello), and Anita Ekberg (as Sylvia)
scene from the film Atonement, 2007, based on the novel by Ian McEwan, James McAvoy (as Robbie Turner), Keira Knightley (as Cecilia Tallis)
Ice Spiral by Earth Artist Andy Goldsworthy
scene from the documentary film Rivers and Tides by Thomas Riedelsheimer, about the work of Andy Goldsworthy
This class covered a lot of territory. We discussed our individual and collective ideas about beauty and how the body provides invaluable clues to our feelings – and many other topics. The images above will remind you of key portions of the class. Please keep in mind that you must be present in class to comment on the blog about that class. Comments that create connections between subjects in this class and material covered previously in the semester are especially welcome.
Quotations from James Hillman about beauty:
“the road to beauty begins in pleasure, opening the soul’s body to delight, which is what is implied in the word taste. “
“You draw in your breath and stop still. This quick intake of breath, this little gasp, this ahhhh reaction is the aesthetic response just as certain, inevitable, objective and ubiquitous, as wincing pain and moaning in pleasure. Moreover, this quick intake of breath is also the very root of the word aesthetics, aisthesis in Greek, meaning sense-perception. Aisthesis goes back to earlier Greek words meaning, ‘I perceive’ as well as ‘I gasp, struggle for breath’ and aisthomai, ‘I breathe in.”
This post will be open until Monday morning, April 15 at 9 am. The last post of the semester will go up on Monday — it will be about the Walking Tour experience.