Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe's Quest for Perfection
In this seminar, philosopher Jeanne Proust engages participants in an expansive conversation about Robert Mapplethorpe's work, through the lens of aesthetics and the famed photographer's quest for perfect beauty. In thinking about Mapplethorpe's carefully composed photographs of provocative subjects, can we engage with beauty solely through the aesthetic qualities of the representation itself? Or is our appreciation of beauty inherently linked to the moral connotations of the subject matter? Proust also brings Mapplethorpe's work into dialogue with French poet Baudelaire, who helped redefine our notion of beauty and what can be considered beautiful. Is beauty within the subject matter or within the spectator?
Venue: Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave Map
Rr: Tns after Hours at KGB Bar
Fri | 6:30 pm
No cover. 2 drink minimum. RR: TNS After Hours...
Attacking Art & Ideology at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Go beyond admiring the aesthetics of a particular artist. On this Met Museum tour we’ll dive into the context and meaning behind works of art, learning how art can reflect a bigger social, economic, a...
Nikhil Chopra: Lands, Waters, and Skies at The Met Fifth Avenue
Fri | 10AM–9PM
At the heart of Nikhil Chopra's durational performances is the contemplative act of drawing. During his residency at The Met, Chopra will interrogate how identities are formed and understood through a...