Social Aesthetics, Part 2 of 2: Art and Society in Ancient Greece, and Commentary on Enjoying Art

Mary Sturgeon addresses questions such as the extent to which ancient notions of art and aesthetics have modern counterparts. What were the popular and specialized purposes of art in classical Greece? How did these purposes parallel or diverge from ancient Greek conceptions of artistic theory and practice?”

In the second segment [18:30], Elaine Pear Cohen points modern audiences to ways they can prepare themselves to experience art as both pleasurable and educational.

At the time of this interview, Sturgeon, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center, was professor of art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cohen was a working sculptor and educator in New York.

This edition of Soundings  was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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