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Art for Us: What is Art?

January 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Led by Roger Dell and co-presented by the Farnsworth and CMCA

Art for Us: Let’s Discuss
Session One: What is Art?
The artist John Baldessari once said “Art is anything an artist does.” Can we be satisfied with that? Writer and critic Susan Sontag believed that art is the process of producing objects of grace, intelligence, expressiveness, energy, and sensuousness. This session will go beyond these two definitions of art, while examining many different answers to the question: “What is art?”


In this four-part discussion series led by long-time art museum educator and university instructor Roger Dell, participants will answer important questions concerning contemporary art and its historical context. Each session’s theme will be introduced by a brief slide presentation, followed by an honest and jargon-free conversation about the complexity of understanding contemporary art. Take-home readings will be provided at each session to follow up on ideas and prepare for the next session.


Presenter and discussion facilitator Roger Dell has taught art history, art appreciation, arts education, and the history of art museums from Hawaii to Maine, including the University of Maine, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the Harvard Extension School. He is the former Director of Education at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Cost: Series $36 General Admission; $30 for Farnsworth and CMCA members. Single Session $12 General Admission; $10 Farnsworth and CMCA members.
Locations: Sessions 1 & 2 will be held in the Farnsworth auditorium and sessions 3 & 4 will be held at CMCA

Snow date: Monday, January 8, 2 p.m.

For advance registrations, your name will be held at will-call. Check-in begins in the main lobby a half-hour prior to the event start-time. Please note that 5 minutes prior to sold-out programs, any unclaimed seats will be released.

To register for this single session, click on the Register button below. To register for the entire series, please click here to be taken to the series page.


January 7, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Farnsworth Auditorium
16 Museum St
Rockland, ME 04841-2867 United States
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