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Taste Test Workshop: Rob Blackson

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003

Since David Hume’s 1757 essay, “ Of the Standard of Taste”, our enlightened understanding of art and aesthetics has become increasingly socially nuanced. No longer rational or objective, the qualities of one’s taste are appreciated as entirely an “effect of the mind”. Nevertheless, we’re suckers for the kitchen table science of a taste test. This informal, public experiment in the Aronson Gallery will compare, contrast and “name” the tastes of various products using common language in order to aesthetically describe our blind experience of taste.

Robert Blackson is the Director of Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art. He has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions including, “If There Ever Was: an exhibition of extinct and impossible smells”. 

This workshop is part of the exhibition Mass Observation 2.0: Research into the Everyday, on view in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries from January 25-31.


Sponsored by The School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons/The New School, and the University of Cologne, Fund for Innovation in Teaching.

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