“Always becoming, never is” (Schiller)*

(This is a work in perpetual progress)

WHAT’S NEW? The most recent changes (Spring, 2024) involve my spring seminar, “Art and Organism

In recent years our Art & Organism Seminar has had different course epigraphs:


We cannot understand anything we do not first love (Goethe)


facis de necessitate virtute” (St Jerome)


Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes….Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas.”(Arshile Gorky)


“Parts and wholes evolve in consequence of their relationship, and the relationship itself evolves. These are the properties of things that we call dialectical: that one thing cannot exist without the other, that one acquires its properties from its relation to the other, that the properties of both evolve as a consequence of their interpenetration.” (Levins and Lewontin 1985:3)​​​​​​​ 


The connectedness of things is what the educator contemplates to the limit of his capacity.  No human capacity is great enough to permit a vision of the world as simple, but if the educator does not aim at the vision no one else will, and the consequences are dire when no one does. . . .  The student who can begin early in life to think of things as connected, even if he revises his view with every succeeding year, has begun the life of learning.”  (Mark Van Doren)​​​​​​​


Cesi n’est pas une pipe”  the words Rene Magritte placed beneath the pipe in his painting “La Trahison des images” (1929) forcing us to appreciate the distance between things and representations of things such as pictures or words ​​.  see the painting

Opening illustration:  “A medieval missionary tells that he has found the point where heaven and Earth meet…”  [more]


(is the journey the destination?)

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