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Why Art Makes us Laugh and Cry with Prof. Lydia Goehr

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March 27th, 6pm

The Bluecoat, Liverpool

Part of The Liverpool Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture Series

Why do musicians, painters, and poets compete with each other? Why do painters paint enraged musicians and distressed poets? This lecture uses the early contest of Apollo and Marsyas to explore William Hogarth’s pictures of different sorts of artists. Are the pictures meant to cause tears or laughter, or both at the same time? How does the art of caricature effect turns of mood and perspective?

Lydia Goehr is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. She is the author of The Imaginary Museum of Musical Works: An Essay in the Philosophy of Music (1992), The Quest for Voice: Music, Politics, and the Limits of Philosophy (1998), Elective Affinities: Musical Essays on the History of Aesthetic Theory (2008), and co-editor with Daniel Herwitz of The Don Giovanni Moment: Essays on the legacy of an Opera (2006). Currently she is working on a new book, contracted with Wiley-Blackwell, titled Red Sea – Red Square: Picturing Freedom – Liberating Wit.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

Organised by the Philosophy Department University of Liverpool in partnership with Bluecoat and supported by the Royal Institute of Philosophy; see, https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/philosophy/events/royal-institute-philosophy/

Tickets: http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/events/view/events/4082