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Out of our Heads


Saturday, March 21, 2009
4:00 PM–6:00 PM


What is consciousness? To mark the publication of his new book, Out of Our Heads, Alva Noë sits down with artist Eric Fischl to talk about how we relate to the world around us. A professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, Noë’s work is focused on the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with a special interest in the theory of perception.
Copies of Out of our Heads: Why You are not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness will be available for purchase at the Shop @ RMA. The author will be available after the program to sign copies.

Eric Fischl was born in New York City but moved with his family to the Long Island suburbs when he was two years old. He has embraced the suggestion that he is a painter of the suburbs, a subject matter not generally considered appropriate for his generation. His now infamous images of dysfunctional family life received epithets like “psycho-sexual suburban dramas” during Fischl’s first New York show in the late 1970s. Fischl’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum, Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others. He is a senior critic at the New York Academy of Art.
“Eric Fischl has become the painter laureate of American anxiety . . . ” – Robert Hughes, Time