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Free Community Seminar Series - 
The Glory of Art 

Agora Foundation Online Free Community Seminar Series - 
The Glory of Art

What is Art? Why does it hold such a central position in humanity’s self-understanding? Art seems to have subjective, contingent, and relative aspects, while also evoking the eternal, essential, and radical. Art represents, communicates, explores, inspires, challenges, creates, and questions. This semi-monthly series, the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, will explore the work of artists and thinkers through history.


Aristotle - “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”.


O’Keeffe - “To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”


da Vinci - “Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all generations of the world.”


O’Connor - “Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.”


Picasso - “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.” 


Klee - “Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.”

Brecht - “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.”

de Beauvoir - “Art, literature, and philosophy are attempts to found the world anew on a human freedom: that of the creator; to foster such an aim, one must first unequivocally posit oneself as a freedom.”


Dostoevsky - “Art is as much a need for humanity as eating and drinking. The need for beauty and for creations that embody it is inseparable from humanity and without it man perhaps might not want to live on earth.” 


Nietzsche - “Art is essentially the affirmation, the blessing, and the deification of existence”

Works discussed will include selections from:

On Beauty by Plotinus

Books on Architecture by Vitruvius

– Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci 

The Arts and Crafts of Today by William Morris

The Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinski 

Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier

Some Memories of Drawings by Georgia O’Keefe 

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin

– The Search for the Real by Hans Hoffman

Man the Musician by Victor Zuckerkandl

Image-making and the Freedom of Man by Hans Jonas

I Shock Myself by Beatrice Wood

Remote Control by Barbara Kruger

Next Event in the series:

Tuesday, July 9 - 12:00-1:00PM

at the Ojai Library

The July 9 reading is:

Hans Hoffman - The Search for the Real

also several Morris artworks will shown

12:00 - 1:00PM PDT


The Ojai Library

111 East Ojai Avenue

Ojai, California 93023

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