Osher suspends In-person programming indefinitely. Fall 2020 registration will open on August 11.


Art, Illusion & 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 is a retired professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He practiced ophthalmology and taught medical students and residents for 31 years. He has an interest in the relationship between visual art and the eyes ... read more

Date: Thu, Dec 3

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 10-11:15am CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Mark Ruttum

Fee: $10

Enrollment Limit: 300

Program Number: FALL:412

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