Sundaram Tagore (UO M. Arch. 1987) is a Calcuttaborn Oxford-educated art historian, gallerist, and an award-winning filmmaker. A descendant of the influential poet and Nobel Prize-winner Rabindranath Tagore, Tagore promotes East-West dialogue through his contributions to numerous exhibitions as well as his four art galleries and their multicultural and multidisciplinary events.
In 1985, Tagore received a scholarship to go to Bangladesh to study the buildings designed by the great American architect Louis I. Kahn, including Sher-e-Bangla Nagor, also known as the Tiger City. The parliamentary complex was the beating heart of the newly formed democratic nation. As he recalls, “I was unprepared for the raw emotional power and poetic beauty of these buildings. Tiger City looked futuristic and ancient at the same time…. I traveled in the architect’s footsteps to see and experience what he experienced, to understand how this American visionary came to South Asia to build his masterpiece.
Programmed by Richard Herskowitz, curator of media arts, Schnitzer Cinema brings the best of experimental, documentary, and arts-focused films and videos to the JSMA each year. Schnitzer Cinema is made possible in part with a grant from the UO Office of Academic Affairs.
Programs are free, with popcorn and refreshments provided!
Carsten Strathausen presents Neuroaesthetics—The Science of Art?
Over the last two decades, neuroaesthetics--the interpretation of art based on evolutionary theory and neuroscientific data--has developed into a prominent new field in the humanities. This lecture provides a critical-historical overview of neuroaesthetics that details both its promise and perils for the study of art and aesthetics.
Carsten Strathausen is Professor of German and English and the Catherine Paine Midldebush Chair in Humanities at the University of Missouri. His first book, The Look of Things. Poetry and Vision Around 1900,was published in 2003 with North Carolina UP. His second book entitled BioAesthetics. Making Sense of Life in Science and the Arts has just come out with Minnesota Press. The author of more than thirty scholarly articles, Strathausen is also the editor of A Leftist Ontology (Minnesota 2009) and the translator of Boris Groys’ book Under Suspicion (Columbia UP 2012).
Lecture made possible with support from the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, the Department of Art, the Department of Biology, the Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, the Department of German & Scandinavian, the Department of Philosophy, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Oregon Humanities Center.