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Art, Illusion and the Brain

By focusing on the groundbreaking work of neuroscientist Eric Kandel and others, this course addresses works of art from turn of the 19th-century Vienna (mostly portraiture by Klimt, Kokoschka and Schiele) and from the New York School of Abstract Expressionism (de Kooning, Pollock and Rothko among others). Aspects of mind (cognitive and Freudian psychology) and brain (neuroscientific discoveries) will be considered. The course concludes with examples of visual illusions that illustrate the functioning of the brain.


Mark Ruttum

Dr. Mark Ruttum a retired professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and has lived in the Milwaukee area since 1978. His interest in how vision and art interact stems from attending lectures on this subject at the ... read more

Date: Tue, Dec 6

Delivery Method: In-person With Livestream

Time: 10-11:15am CT

Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center or view on Zoom

Instructor: Mark Ruttum

Fee: $10

Program Number: FALL:380

Registration opens Tue, Aug 16.

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