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Who decides what art means? - Hayley Levitt

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There is a question that has been tossed around by philosophers and art critics for decades: how much should an artist's intention affect your interpretation of the work? Do the artist’s plans and motivations affect its meaning? Or is it completely up to the judgment of the viewer? Hayley Levitt explores the complex web of artistic interpretation.

Imagine you're walking through an art gallery and see a painting of what appears to be the Garden of Eden. You research the painting and find that the artist intended to create a replica of his backyard. If your views aligned with those of Steven Knapp and Walter Benn Michaels, how would you interpret the painting?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Hayley Levitt
  • Director Avi Ofer
  • Narrator Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Animator Avi Ofer
  • Illustrator Avi Ofer
  • Compositor Marcos Tawil
  • Sound Designer Marcos Tawil
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Fact-Checker Francisco Diez

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