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Listening to Myself in the Studio

March 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The happy attentiveness of artists at work has been described as a state of total absorption and effortless concentration. It might seem that Emerson contradicts this notion of happiness when he notes, “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful . . .” It may be argued that functional uselessness is the basic property of any work of art. How do artists in their happiness live up to the purposes for living that Emerson offered, usefulness first, but also “to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”


March 14, 2021
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Buzz Spector
Buzz Spector’s art makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. A survey of his work on paper, "Buzz Spector: Alterations" is currently on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum, and his most recent work with handmade paper can be seen at Bruno David Gallery in Clayton. Spector holds degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and the University of Chicago. He is an emeritus professor of art in the College and Graduate School of Art of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.


Caroline Hixson