There are still some places available on my course 'Seven Ways of Thinking About Art'. The course is held on seven consecutive Monday evenings from 5th Feb. 6.30 p.m. - 8 p.m. and is followed by a free drink in the Tate Modern first floor cafe bar. The sessions consist of c45 minutes in a spectacular classroom - possibly the best classroom in the world - overlooking St Paul's and the Globe Theatre, followed by c45 minutes in part of the galleries after they have been closed to the public, applying philosophical ideas to specific works there. Each week, we will consider a different stance towards works of art (e.g. as expressions of their creators' intentions, as objects which invite unconstrained subjective reactions, or as part of the museum's rhetoric etc.). No prior knowledge of philosophy or art is needed. The people who've signed up for these courses in the past have been very diverse in their backgrounds and interests, and this has made for very interesting debate. My aim is to introduce some key philosophical ideas about our engagement with works of art, and to explore and discuss them in relation to particular works in the collection
I will be posting summaries and suggestions for further readings, links etc. regularly on this weblog.