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Appreciating Art: Is Art Good, Bad, Real, or Fake? A Program by Professor Philip Eliasoph at Pequot Library

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The Connoisseur by Norman Rockwell 1962(contributed photo)
Southport, CT – Who defines good and bad art? Come learn the answer from award-winning, Fairfield University art history professor Philip Eliasoph during his 7:30 p.m. program on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, Appreciating Art: Is Art Good, Bad, Real, or Fake? at the Pequot Library in Southport.

Works of art have the power to capture beauty, move and inspire, change your perceptions, and communicate the nature of human experience. Great art is also complex, mysterious, and challenging, and is often filled with enigmatic symbolism, historical references, and visionary imagery. Eliasoph asks, “Respecting America's democratic traditions of equality, what criteria determine artistic value?” What does it take to truly know what the “eye of the beholder” is seeing?

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Eliasoph, currently The New York Times' education blogger for arts and visual culture, speaks to these and other compelling questions. His illustrated talk animates masterpieces old and new, as well as some not-so-impressive examples, to provide specific interpretive knowledge. Enjoy his lively and candid approach to great artworks, examining their deeper meanings while gaining new levels of appreciation. The program is free and open to all.

Eliasoph is a professor in the Visual and Performing Arts school at Fairfield University. He leads student museum trips and cultural tours from New York to Florence and Rome, and has made significant contributions to the field of American art with his research and publications. Eliasoph is a public arts advocate, serving by appointment of the governor on the Connecticut Arts Council, and is the founding co-president of the Town of Fairfield Arts Council. In 1996 he founded Open Visions Forum, Fairfield University's popular “Town Hall” public affairs series, and is its director and on-stage host/moderator. He was honored with the Fairfield University Alumni Association's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2008.

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