The Plains School of Abstract Painting and the Museum are proud to host a free evening of artist demonstrations and talks celebrating the power and complexity of abstract painting. Demonstrations will be led by Marjorie Schlossman and many other well-known members of the School, and the discussion will center on a lecture entitled “The Abstract Arts” by renowned philosopher Theodore Gracyk.
When we think of abstract art, we often think that it dates back to the early 20th century and the work of painters such as Wassily Kandinsky. Gracyk’s illustrated presentation begins in a surprising place, in the middle of the 18th century, then takes note of certain 19th century speculations on abstraction before approaching the case of 20th century painting. By 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 teaching at Minnesota Moorhead State University, Gracyk has authored seven books on art and music and is co-editor of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Free and open to the public.