Aesthetics for Birds

Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone

October 6, 2016
by Rebecca Millsop

MoMA’s Entire Exhibition History is Now Online & It’s Free

  New York City’s Museum of Modern Art is certainly one of the most important and influential art institutions in the USA and the world. MoMA curators throughout the decades have made decisions that have greatly affected the way the artworld and public understand the nature of art. You can now view all materials from all of MoMA’s exhibitions, beginning with their opening in 1929. Check it out for yourself: MoMA’s Entire Exhibition History After, or perhaps before, check out a recent article in The Atlantic by Robinson Meyer, “The Museum of Modern Art’s Miraculous New Online Archive”, discussing the aesthetic and functional changes in exhibition documentation throughout the years.

November 13, 2014
by Aesthetics for Birds

Street Photography & Dehumanization

Meena Krishnamurthy is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Manitoba. She works in political philosophy. Her current work focuses on exploitation, coercion, oppression, and gossip. Issues that lie at the intersection of philosophy of language and political philosophy have recently come to fascinate her.  There are many aspiring photographers who take photographs of vulnerable people, people who are down on their luck, often poor and homeless, and label their images as “street photography.” There are many things that might be morally suspect about street photography that involves vulnerable people. One idea that I would that like to develop here, using Robin Jeshion’s recent discussion of slurs, is that these types of pictures are dehumanizing of their subjects.

January 7, 2014
by Aesthetics for Birds

Images, Generally Speaking

What follows is a guest post by John Kulvicki, John is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College. He works on representation in philosophy of art and philosophy of mind. He is the author of two books on images, one if which is actually called On Images: Their Structure and Content (Clarendon 2006). The other is cleverly titled Images (Routledge 2014), because he’s gotten into the whole brevity thing. He is hard at work on papers on analog and digital representation, and hopes very soon to write more about the philosophy of perception. I just published a book as part of Routledge’s New Problems of Philosophy series, Images(2014). While I spend a good deal of time discussing theories of pictorial representation, my overall hope is to refocus philosophers on a broader class: the images, generally speaking. You all know what this class is like, at least extensionally speaking: photographs, line drawings, radar images, x-ray images, … Continue reading