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Creativity, Surrender and Aesthetic Force
Join me for Part II of a conversation with one of my favorite thinkers and writers, Dr. Sarah Lewis. We’re talking about her book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure and the Search for Mastery. I first talked to Sarah on our November 30th episode about the creative process and the difference between mastery and success, but the conversation was so thought provoking, that we had to record a second episode. This time we talk about the impact of protecting creative time and the power of surrender. We also talk about aesthetic force and the role of imagery in creating change.
Dr. Sarah Lewis
Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis is an associate professor at Harvard University in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of African and African American Studies. She is the founder of the Vision and Justice Project. Lewis has published essays on race, contemporary art, and culture, with forthcoming publications including a book on race, whiteness, and photography (Harvard University Press, 2022), Vision and Justice (Random House), an anthology on the work of Carrie Mae Weems (MIT Press, 2021), and an article focusing on the groundwork of contemporary arts in the context of Stand Your Ground Laws (Art Journal, Winter 2020). In 2019, she became the inaugural recipient of the Freedom Scholar Award, presented by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History to honor Lewis for her body of work and its “direct positive impact on the life of African-Americans.”
The gift of failure is a riddle: it will always be both the void and the start of infinite possibility. The Rise—part investigation into a psychological mystery, part an argument about creativity and art, and part a soulful celebration of the determination and courage of the human spirit—makes the case that many of the world’s greatest achievements have come from understanding the central importance of failure. Written over the course of four years, this exquisite biography of an idea is about the improbable foundations of a creative human endeavor.
The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander in The New Yorker
Heirlooms & Accessories, 2002 by Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955) The Studio Museum in Harlem
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