Aesthetics Research Lab

Medieval Aesthetics

An encyclopedia entry by Michael Spicher: Medieval Theories of Aesthetics. In this article, I explain some of the major influences, concepts, and thinkers in the Medieval period.


Why Do We Thrive on Self-Expression?

Art is supposed to be experienced. Recently in Massachusetts, there has been a big push for why the arts matter. People blasted social media with photos holding signs explaining why the arts matter, which was truly awesome. I love art,... Continue Reading →

Know Yourself! (… and your Body)

Recently I took a trip with my wife to Budapest. On our way back to the States, we had a stop in Germany. At the terminal, we sensed that we were in the presence of Americans. Did we see their... Continue Reading →

Hope Coming On

Here's something I wrote about this performance that was conceived and curated by Lanfranco Aceti: Hope Coming On.

The Value of Art

The value of art is regularly challenged. Our state recently lowered the amount of money going to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This raises a question: are the arguments we use for arts funding the best? The Americans for the Arts... Continue Reading →

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