The Plains School of Abstract Painting and the Museum are proud to host a free evening of artist demonstrations and discussions celebrating the power and complexities of abstract painting. Demonstrations will be led by Marjorie Schlossman and many of the other highly regarded members of the School, and discussion will be centered on a talk titled “The Abstract Arts” by renowned philosopher Theodore Gracyk.
When we think about abstract art, we often think that it dates to the early 20th century and the work of such painters as Wassily Kandinsky. Gracyk’s illustrated talk begins in a surprising place, in the middle of the eighteenth century, and then takes note of some nineteenth-century speculation on abstraction before taking up the case of twentieth-century painting. Comparing several distinct but familiar sets of criteria for distinguishing the arts, the talk explores the possibility that there are multiple abstract arts.
Currently, in his fourth decade of teaching at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Gracyk is the author of seven books on art and music and is co-editor of The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Free and open to the public.