On the Possibility of Beauty and the “End of Art”

PROFESSOR ISABELLE KLASEN will be visiting from Bochum, Germany for the first several weeks of the Fall, 2014 semester at CRITICAL THEORY AND THE ARTS. Professor Klasen is a philosopher, artist, and lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy (Bochum), and co-founder of the Institute for Social Theory (Bochum). She will be giving a seminar on the possibility of beauty — or the experience of the Beautiful — in art today, drawing on Adorno, Lyotard, and Danto’s extensive writings on the situation of the subject in the post-modern, sublime condition, and stemming from Hegel’s continually controversial claim of the “end of art”.