Andrei Pop - "A Forest of Symbols"

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Andrei Pop

Andrei Pop discusses A Forest of Symbols : Art, Science, and Truth in the Long Nineteenth Century. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: In A Forest of Symbols, Andrei Pop presents a groundbreaking reassessment of those writers and artists in the late nineteenth century associated with the Symbolist movement. For Pop, “symbolist” denotes an art that is self-conscious about its modes of making meaning, and he argues that these symbolist practices, which sought to provide more direct access to viewers and readers by constant revision of its material means of meaning-making (brushstrokes on a canvas, words on a page), are crucial to understanding the genesis of modern art. The symbolists saw art not as a social revolution, but as a revolution in sense and how to conceptualize the world. The concerns of symbolist painters and poets were shared to a remarkable degree by theoretical scientists of the period, who were dissatisfied with the strict empiricism dominant in their disciplines, which made shared knowledge seem unattainable.

About the author: Andrei Pop is a member of the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago.

 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637