Aesthetic Realism Foundation, Inc.

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

Mission

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. All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves. The Foundation is dedicated to the understanding of, and greater respect for, people, art, and reality. 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 way to defeat contempt is through 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.

Ruling year info

1975

Executive Director

Ms. Margot Carpenter

Main address

141 Greene St.

New York, NY 10012 USA

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EIN

51-0179690

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

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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!" The Terrain Gallery, since 1955, has held exhibitions of paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs with critical commentary. "Art Answers the Questions of Your Life," a series of groundbreaking talks on individual works of art, was offered free to the public, beginning in 1984. It is also possible to study Aesthetic Realism anywhere in the world through the Aesthetic Realism Foundation's website and biweekly periodical, and via online classes and individual 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.

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Adults

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.

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The Foundation provides speakers on a wide range of subjects: education; anti-prejudice; music; poetry; art; parenting; love; combating racism--and more. The Foundation's very successful Outreach Program--loved throughout the New York metropolitan area--includes presentations and workshops for senior citizens in both English and Spanish; classes for young people, at community centers, schools, and libraries on poetry, music and more; and the series "Learning to Like the World," as well as workshops against bullying.

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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.

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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 Foundation is dedicated to the understanding of, and greater respect for, people, art, and reality.
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 big weakener of mind and source of all unkindness, including economic injustice, racism, war. And the way to defeat contempt is through 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.

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Aesthetic Realism Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/8/2021
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Board chair

BOD BOD

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Barbara Allen

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Margot Carpenter

no institutional affiliation

Ernest DeFilippis

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Derek Mali

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Robert Murphy

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Ellen Reiss

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Anthony Romeo

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Carrie Wilson

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Jaime Torres

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Joseph Spetly

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
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    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No