La Nature est un temple où des vivants piliers
Laissent parfois sortir des confuses paroles;
L'homme y passe à travers des forêts des symboles
Qui l'observent avec des regards familiers…
Outstanding scholars expose unexpected connections among cultural phenomena we usually take as largely independent rom each other, if not entirely as isolated efforts—and their linkages stick. Come hear from Andrei Pop how 19th century scientists, Symbolist poets, and certain artists pursued some of the same concerns, each in their own mode, preparing the environment where the Modern Art of the 20th century could be created and gain acceptance.
What does the Symbolists' deliberative meaning-making have to do with Frege's obsession with sets or Russell's investigations of self-reference in mathematical logic? What does any of these have to do with Van Gogh's use of a subjective pallet of color?
Attend the discussion and/or order a copy of the book and find out. A Forest of Symbols: Art, Science, and Truth in the Long Nineteenth Century comes out from Zone Press in October.
Andrei Pop is a member of the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. He has also authored Antiquity, Theatre, and the Painting of Henry Fuseli (Oxford, 2015)