MEDIA, Pa. — David Macauley, associate professor of philosophy and environmental studies, recently guided students from his aesthetics course through the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The students viewed, discussed and critiqued art from a variety of historical periods and styles, including impressionism, international pop, dada, surrealism, cubism, American realism, East Asian and medieval art, among other areas.
Throughout the spring semester, Macauley’s class explored philosophical issues and ideas related to beauty, representation, meaning, interpretation and truth as they pertained to music, painting, photography, poetry, architecture, humor and environmental art. Students were also exposed to the original photography of a leading avant-garde photographer who visited the class from New Orleans.
For their research projects, students worked on a variety of topics ranging from the aesthetics of virtual reality and the aesthetics of sports to the aesthetics of graffiti and public art and the aesthetics of rap music.