Adorno’s “Aesthetic Theory” and Elisabeth Lenk

IRIS DANKEMEYER (Philosophy/Literature: Berlin) joined department chair, Robert Hullot-Kentor to discuss Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory and the related reflections on this work by one of Adorno’s last doctoral students, whom Adorno considered especially brilliant, ELISABETH LENK. Central to the discussion was Adorno’s thesis that the problem of contemporary art is “to make things of which we cannot say what they are.”  It was an occasion to introduce American students to one of the very few women of Adorno’s circle of students who took a leading role in Critical Theory.