Colloquium: Searching for the "Popular" and the "Art" in "Popular Art"

Colloquium: Searching for the "Popular" and the "Art" in "Popular Art"

Everyone is invited to join us on selected Friday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in Crabbe Library Room 201 for a hour of informal, moderated discussion over articles of various topics selected by EKU faculty. Refreshments will be provided by EKU Student Government Association.  Dr. Minh  Nguyenwill moderate this week’s discussion of Searching for the ‘Popular’ and the ‘Art’ of Popular Art, an overview of recent philosophical explorations of popular art:

Philosophy of art presupposes differences between art and other cultural activity.  Philosophers have recently paid more attention to this excluded activity, particularly to the range of cultural production known as popular art. Three issues have dominated these discussions. First, there is debate about the basis of the distinction.  Some philosophers contend that fine art is essentially different from popular art, but others hold that the distinction is entirely social in origin. Second, philosophers disagree on the degree of continuity or discontinuity that holds between fine and popular art. Third, there is controversy about the relative value of the two, and about the basis for the supposed superiority of fine art.

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