Objectivism and Art at the Smithsonian

Boy Reading Adventure Book by Norman Rockwell I love the intersection of art and philospohy, and sharing that passion with others.  It is why I started mindposts and explore that intersection through literature.  Luc Travers is a school teacher, art critic, and objectivist.  He gives private tours of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Smithsonian in DC.  The article below in the Washtington City Paper is inspiring.

Rand in D.C.: An Objectivist Art Tour of the Smithsonian’s Norman Rockwell Exhibit

Snippet from the article:

Luc Travers is an Objectivist art critic—an Objectivist art critic who leads $30 art-appreciation tours for other Objectivists (sometimes non-Objectivists, too).

To Objectivists, art has a moral dimension. Art should show scenes of greatness—it should be uplifting, and present a slice of the world as it would be at its best. It should highlight and reinforce fundamental values. Forget abstract art, or art showing decay or darkness. Here’s how Rand famously once described her conception of Romantic Realism: “I am a Romantic in the sense that I present men as they ought to be. I am Realistic in the sense that I place them here and now and on this earth.”


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