First Blush: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art

Dan Hill

Join author Dan Hill as he discusses his book First Blush: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art. What we choose to focus on, and how we feel about what we’re seeing, defines us. From TV show to movies, advertising, video games, on-line memes, and more, we live in a hyper-visual world. Much of the imagery we experience also flashes by us on a split-second basis, further challenging our visual IQ. How good are we at truly understanding what does and doesn’t grab our attention, and makes us care? This groundbreaking book tackles that question by using two unique scientific tools to provide objective, quantifiable see/feel answers.

First Blush is twice as large in scope as any study ever conducted before that links eye-tracking technology and world-class art works. This book simultaneously draws on facial coding to capture and identify people’s quick, real-time emotional responses to 88 notable creations. Across mediums, artists included range from da Vinci and Rembrandt to Van gogh, Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat, Mapplethorpe, Liebovitz, Koons, and Sherman, among others.

CLASS ID: 9B1G
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-8:00 PM
Tuition: FREE with registration ($5 suggested donation)

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