I read a review of a new book I plan to check out: The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution by Dennis Dutton. (Bloomsbury, 2010 http://theartinstinct.com). According to Rick Eden's review, Dutton inquires about the human behavior we have collectively defined as "art." According to Dutton, there are twelve characteristics that art might have, including providing pleasure. I have long been fascinated in physical or scientifically testable reactions to great art, and apparently, Dutton's investigation looks at evidence that points to common responses across cultures, suggesting that there may be something about art that is instinctual. Hunger is instinctual as well, and if you are hungry to talk about art, there are a couple of opportunities this week:
(Today) Tuesday, 12:15-12:45 in the Jacobs Gallery--1st meeting of Art Tigers!
Friday, 11:00 a.m. "Tour & Pour" Event at Prometheus Farm and Foundry (groups leaving the Wilson Bldg at 10:30).