Friday, April 12, 2019
3:00pm in Mackinac Hall BLL-110 (Basement)
David Vessey (GVSU Philosophy Department)
The Line Between Art and Life: Dewey, the Philosophers of Life, and the Happenings Movement
Abstract: Dewey's Art as Experience opens with two chapters on “The Live Creature.” I will argue he is influenced by the Lebensphilosophie movement prominent in Germany in the first decades of the 20th century. I will also show how the debates over whether art can be continuous with everyday life persisted among the “Happenings” artists in the early 1960s.