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Perception and the Evolution of Art: Can There Be a Science of Style?

Thursday, July 29, 2010 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Mark Rollins, Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St. Louis and courtesy appointment, Professor, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art

Presented in conjunction with the Craft Alliance in Grand Center’s Artists-in-Residence Exhibition, Traces of Time and Presence: Tom Dykas, Michael Parrett, Erin Vigneau Dimick, thru August 15, 2010. For more on Traces of Time and Presence, visit http://www.craftalliance.org/exhibitions/currentgc.htm

Why has the world been represented in art in such different ways? Why are there so many different styles of ornament and design? One traditional answer is that perception is plastic– people in various places or periods see the world in different ways as a result of diverse experiences and beliefs; and their design preferences are embodied in the different patterns of attention they employ. This view rests on assumptions about the changeability of the visual system. Research in cognitive science has recently put these assumptions to the test, offering new insight into how perception might vary in ways that explain the history of styles. Join philosophy professor, Mark Rollins for a fascinating look at the Science of Perception and Artistic Style.

Craft Alliance at Grand Center

501 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103

Directions and Parking at http://www.craftalliance.org.htm


Seating is limited. Registration required. To RSVP call 314-533-8586, or email lfendler@academyofsciencestl.org

Photos courtesy of Craft Alliance


Thursday, July 29, 2010
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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