Conversations on Beauty
The Myths We Tell Ourselves
How the Arts Convey Our Changing Story
5:30 – 7:00pm
Tuesday March 20, 2012
Balboa Park, San Diego
PEOPLE NOWADAYS think only primitive people believe in myths, but myths dominate the thinking of every society, including our own. Myths are the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of the world. Human beings think with stories as inevitably as they see with eyes and walk with feet, and if you pay careful attention to the stories a culture tells, you can grasp things about the culture that nothing else will teach you.
How does our culture communicate contemporary myths? In Myths – The Stories We Tell Ourselves, we will examine the power of myth and what role the arts play in the unfolding of a world view. Is beauty now an essential part of that evolution? Can we imagine a myth that gives the possibility of a world that is balanced, human, functional, and beautiful?
James Hubbell – Artist
Phil Cousineau – Author, “Who Stole the Arms of Venus de Milo?”
Richard Lederer – Author, Columnist, Verbivore
Jo Lauria – Independent Curator and Art & Design Historian
Dirk Sutro – Moderator
Book signing with Richard Lederer from 4:30 – 5:30pm.