On October 25th, please join us to discuss On Beauty and Being Just a book by American essayist Elaine Scarry as lead by artist Kiran Chandra. Scarry’s aesthetic discussion reaches to literature for defining the experience of beauty. She explores our relationship with it--our attempts to mimic it, embody it, our errors in recognizing it. In part two, she furthers the discussion to talk about justice, ethics and a ‘radical decentering.’ Scarry contextualizes the power of beauty to arrest a moment of experience. Through these moments of aesthetic phenomenon, Scarry argues, radical “decentering” occurs in which ego and preoccupation with “self” disintegrates into something else. Her work revisits the taboo, embedded prejudice, and cultural complexes around beauty in academic discourse and in our daily personal worldviews.

“This willingness continually to revise one's own location in order to place oneself in the path of beauty is the basic impulse underlying education. One submits oneself to other minds (teachers) in order to increase the chance that one will be looking in the right direction when a comet makes its sweep through a certain patch of sky.”

― Elaine ScarryOn Beauty and Being Just

Date: Wednesday, OCTOBER 25th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  321 GALLERY: 321 Washington ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205; Clinton-Washington Ave-- G Train please note:: 321 is on the garden level (basement)

1Part One: On Beauty and Being Wrong
2Suggested: Part Two: On Beauty and Being Fair