Illustrated Lecture: “What is art?”

May 30, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I could do that!” when looking at a work of abstract art in a museum or gallery? Or maybe you’ve wondered why collectors would pay millions for artworks that seem simplistic, bizarre, or just plain ugly? It is sometimes tempting to think that art is just “in the eye of the beholder.”

But by imagining art history as an ongoing conversation, Champlain College Professor David Mills explores ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference. This highly visual presentation provides new ways to interact with what we find in museums and galleries.

David Mills holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University, with a specialization in philosophy of art, and is a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Core Division at Champlain College.

This event is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.