Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Aesthetic Realism Foundation, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • http://www.AestheticRealism.org

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation is to meet the urgent need for people throughout America and the world to see each other and reality fairly. The means to that fairness is Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded in 1941 by Eli Siegel, American poet, critic, and educator--which is based on the following principles: 1. The deepest desire of every person is to like the world on an honest or accurate basis. 2. The greatest danger for a person is to have contempt for the world and what is in it....Contempt can be defined as the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it. 3. The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites. Aesthetic Realism explains that the largest fight in every person is between liking the world on an honest basis and having contempt for the world. There is no more important contribution to human thought than Eli Siegel's identification of contempt as the source of all unkindness between people, including economic injustice, racism, war. And the means to change contempt is in the aesthetic criticism of self: Aesthetic Realism is the study of how we want to put together the opposites that are one in art--including care for ourselves and justice to the world.

Main Programs

  1. Aesthetic Realism Foundation - General
  2. Classes and Courses
  3. Presentations: Public Seminars and Dramatic and Musical Presentations
  4. Outreach Programs
  5. Terrain Gallery
  6. Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company
  7. The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known
Service Areas

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International

The primary area served is New York City, and the surrounding area, however many outreach presentations and speaking engagements have taken place across the United States. Aesthetic Realism consultations are given via telephone internationally, and the periodical The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known is also read by an international audience.

ruling year

1975

Executive Director

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Ms. Margot Carpenter

Keywords

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arts, education, humanities, ethics, poetry

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EIN

51-0179690

 Number

1740204657

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Each year the Aesthetic Realism Foundation is the means of many thousands of persons learning to see the world, themselves, and other people in a way that is more exact, just, and beautiful. Through classes in the arts and sciences, public seminars, individual consultations, exhibitions of contemporary art, and musical and dramatic events, people study how, as Eli Siegel stated, "The world, art, and self explain each other; each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites." Through this study a person becomes more integrated, happier, authentically confident.
   Among the specific accomplishments of the past year, which are also ongoing, are the Foundation's Outreach Programs, which include workshops for seniors in both English and Spanish, and for children at libraries and youth centers throughout the New York area. There are talks for people of all ages at community centers, schools, and libraries on subjects ranging from the popular adult series "Architecture and You" presented by architects Anthony Romeo, Dale Laurin, and others, to immensely effective workshops for young people, against bullying, prejudice, and racism.
     At the Foundation there are classes and semester courses, including in poetry, anthropology, marriage, music, the visual arts, history, education, current events: In each class students see how the subject, in all its richness, is a making one of opposites that are present in all art and reality, and that people are trying to put together in themselves. There are public seminars and dramatic presentations, all based on the principles of Aesthetic Realism. Seminars include such subjects as love, anger, ambition, parenting; groundbreaking talks by artists and scholars on this new way of seeing the arts, people, and reality itself. 
   The impact of Aesthetic Realism as a teaching method has been described by Dr. Arnold Perey: "For more than 35 years teachers have used the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method in New York classrooms from elementary through high school, teaching the essential curriculum with great success by all standardized measures: reading and writing, mathematics, history, language arts, science. Children learn, and grow kinder, in classrooms where this method is used. It is based on this concept: The purpose of education is to like the world through knowing it.  
   Teachers who use this method have documented its success at educational conferences nationwide, staff development presentations, as well as in educational journals and other print media. They have described how through this method a new ability to learn and a love of learning develowriting, science, and history at a rate far above the average. And teachers have described how their students no longer want to fight with and hurt persons who represent a world they have come to see as authentically friendly." (knol.google.com/k/aesthetic-realism)
   The bi-weekly periodical, The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, edited by Chairman of Education, Ellen Reiss, had a circulation last year of 79,000. The 26 bi-weekly issues were mailed to approximately 68,244 individuals across the country, and reached thousands more on the world wide web. These issues dealt centrally with such subjects as "Why People Hurt People," "Love and Confusion," "Education and Feeling Good," "Mental Conflict and Jobs."
   The Foundation also maintains the Terrain Gallery, which features exhibitions of contemporary art, with comments by the artists and others showing how the beauty of these works is explained by this central Aesthetic Realism principle: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."  Periodically there are, free to the public, gallery talks based on that principle, discussing works of art through the centuries as well as those currently on exhibition. Three exhibitions in the past year were "Surface & Depth--Works on Paper," "Painting Matters" with work by nine artists, and a major retrospective Memorial Exhibition of more than 80 works by the esteemed American artist Chaim Koppelman.
   The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company, which offers pioneering musical and dramatic productions at the Foundation, and elsewhere throughout the New York area and in other states presented in the past year "Shakespeare--& What is Love? a dramatic production of Eli Siegel's great 1951 lecture on The Taming of the Shrew, with scenes from the play, as well as his lectures on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Sheridan's The Critic, and Strindberg's The Father.  These productions--from classic drama to Rock and Roll--are a thrilling union of performance and comment showing the meaning drama and music have for people's lives.
   These are only some of the accomplishments of this year. Our goal is to continue this work and expand the foundation's Outreach Programs to serve an increasing number of people, including at a distance through internet technology.

Programs

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Program 1

Aesthetic Realism Foundation - General

The faculty of Consultants and Associates provide public seminars, individual consultations, workshops for teachers, theatrical and musical special events, classes and speaking engagements. The Foundation offers a very successful Outreach Program throughout the metropolitan area, including classes for children in underprivileged neighborhoods, classes at senior centers, and anti-prejudice workshops for persons of all ages. Among the programs offered by the Foundation are courses in poetry, anthropology, the visual arts, music, marriage, and more. "The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Workshop" is a class for educators; and for over 25 years this method has enabled students at every level to learn with new enthusiasm and ease. Public seminars take place on subjects such as: "The Debate in Every Person: To Have More Feeling or Less?" "Real Communication in Marriage--How Can We Have It?"; "The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Succeeds: Knowledge Wins, Prejudice Loses!" There are also individual consultations given in person or via telephone throughout America and abroad. Professional classes, for Aesthetic Realism Consultants and for Associates studying to teach Aesthetic Realism, are conducted by Chairman of Education Ellen Reiss. Saturday evening presentations feature some of the great lectures on literature, ethics, history, and art given by Eli Siegel, as well as talks by artists and scholars on this new way of seeing all the arts and sciences. The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company presents dramatic and musical events such as "Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; or Earthy Whirl" by Eli Siegel, "The Civil War, Poetry, and Our Lives," and "Symmetry & Fury--in Sheridan, Handel, and Our Lives!" "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life," a series of groundbreaking talks on individual works of art, has been offered free to the public since 1984. These talks take place in the Terrain Gallery which, since 1955, has held exhibitions of paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs with critical commentary. It is also possible to study Aesthetic Realism anywhere in the world through the Aesthetic Realism Foundation's website and biweekly periodical, and via telephone consultations. The Foundation's Outreach Program includes presentations and workshops for senior citizens in both English and Spanish, and for young people at community centers, schools, and libraries throughout the New York City area. You are welcome to visit www.AestheticRealism.org.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Program 2

Classes and Courses

At once widely cultural and of the most practical personal value, Aesthetic Realism is education of a new kind, taught by a distinguished faculty of Consultants and Associates. Classes offered on a semester basis include: The Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry; Anthropology Is about You and Everyone; The Opposites in Music; The Art of Drawing: Surface and Depth; Acting, Life, and the Opposites. There are monthly workshops: Understanding Marriage!; Critical Inquiry: A Workshop in the Visual Arts; and The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method , a workshop class for educators. For over 30 years this method, used by public school teachers, has enabled students at every level to learn with new enthusiasm and ease. And there is the Learning to Like the World class for young people between the ages of 5 and 12. In these workshops, Barbara Allen and Robert Murphy show children that their deepest desire is to like the world, and that everything--from a flower to mathematics to their mothers-can be used to like the world. Young people learn this big, important fact: that they can honestly like the world, even as they are critical of bad things in it, because its structure is sensible, even beautiful: a oneness of opposites. They're encouraged to love knowledge, and through these classes they respect one another more, and become kinder to family, friends, and people of other cultures.
In 2013 a course in film,"If It Moves It Can Move You"--Opposites in the Cinema, taught by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ken Kimmelman was added to the curriculum.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$140,250.00

Program 3

Presentations: Public Seminars and Dramatic and Musical Presentations

Not available

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

None

Budget

$90,058.00

Program 4

Outreach Programs

Not available

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Animal Control

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

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Program 5

Terrain Gallery

The Terrain is the first gallery to show the relation between the technique of art and people's lives. Since its opening in 1955, the Terrain Gallery has presented exhibitions of contemporary paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs, with comment based on Aesthetic Realism, and Eli Siegel's historic Fifteen Questions, "Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?" Among the artists exhibiting have been Will Barnet, Chaim Koppelman, Robert Blackburn, Ad Reinhardt, Clare Romano, Andre Kertesz, William King, Elfi Schuselka, Len Bernstein, Richard Sloat, Harvey Spears, and Steve Poleskie.

Category

Visual Arts Exhibitions

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Program 6

Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company

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Theatrical Performances

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Program 7

The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known

Not available

Category

Journalism

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The primary area served is New York City, and the surrounding area, however many outreach presentations and speaking engagements have taken place across the United States. Aesthetic Realism consultations are given via telephone internationally, and the periodical The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known is also read by an international audience.

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AESTHETIC REALISM FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Executive Director

Ms. Margot Carpenter

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