Ellen Winner: How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration

Please join the Friends of the Institute on September 10 as they bring to you Ellen Winner and “How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration.”

Ever wondered what it is about Mia’s collections that we all find so irresistible and moving?

Ellen Winner is the Friends September Lecture Series presenter and first speaker of the 2020-2021 season. Dr. Winner’s latest book, “How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration,” explores answers to questions such as: what constitutes art in the first place? Why does even abstract art cause us to respond emotionally? And why is it that we willingly seek out works of art that make us feel sad or that represent objects that in “real life” w try to avoid? And finally, are our responses to art innate or are they shaped by training, culture, and/or tradition?

Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Winner has written numerous books and lectured widely on a variety of subjects relating to how the brain understands, creates, and benefits from interaction with the arts. She is married to Howard Gardner, of multiple intelligences fame, and they have one child together.

Tickets are available for Friends members on August 15, and the general public on August 17. Click here to register for this virtual event.