Philosophy professor speaks on ‘Kitsch’ March 15

Mar 07, 2012

The Newman University Philosophy Department will host a presentation on “Kitsch” art by Ed Emmer, Ph.D., from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in Eck Hall, room 124 on the Newman campus.

Emmer, assistant professor of philosophy at Emporia State University, will present a paper entitled “Kitsch versus Kitsch.” Kitsch art can be defined as “something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality.”  Examples could include paintings depicting dogs playing cards, or overly sentimental religious art.

The temptation among artists and others is to dismiss Kitsch as not worthy of being called art, and some critics even deny that Kitsch itself is a meaningful category. In his talk, Emmer will survey a number of different ideas of Kitsch, and defend the claim that Kitsch is a useful category for understanding art.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of Philosophy Christopher Fox, Ph.D., at 316-942-4291, ext. 2358, or [email protected].