$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 10:00 am EST
  • Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 12:30 pm EST

Our eyes are intelligent, but only up to a point. In this program, we’ll see some of the ways art confounds our habits of looking at things. Specialists can often describe or analyze art in a way that blocks or alienates people, discouraging us from gaining individual access to the riches of a broad spectrum of art experiences. We will discuss how the strengths of the eye can also give rise to four intelligence traps. Finally, we’ll cover a few basic questions you can ask, in order to enjoy more rewarding encounters with art objects.

You will:

  • Generate a list of some key basic questions to ask of art (and one important one to avoid!).
  • Hear about the impact of knowledge gaps; why knowledge is not the only basis for experiencing art.
  • Learn how your tastes can determine what you see.
  • Understand the four intelligence traps.
  • Have fun with the French concept of trompe l’œil.

Your educator Pamela Warner earned her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Delaware, where she specialized in 19th-century French art and art criticism.  She taught art history at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island, before returning to Paris full-time.  In 2014, Pamela created a yoga and meditation studio in Paris, where she explores the links between practice and perception, the eye and the mind, thoughts and expression. For Muse+Connect, she draws on both her classroom teaching and museum education experiences as a Paris Muse guide.

You can also sign up for our series The Intelligent Eye.

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Image: François Biard, 4:00 at the Salon, 1847, oil on canvas, Paris, Musée du Louvre

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