Creative Certainty: The Life and Work of David Shainberg

WhenTuesday, September 13, 7pm



A lecture with John Briggs in conjunction with the exhibition David Shainberg: A Life With Color, 1984-1993, on view August 26-November 6. Join us before the lecture at 6:30 for a wine and cheese reception.

Join John Briggs, Professor of Aesthetics and long-time friend of the artist, for a gallery talk that explores how Shainberg’s paintings both express and extend his lifelong investigation into the nature of consciousness. Briggs will invite listeners to experience how the paintings embody, through color, complexity, and gesture, an insightful state of mind far beyond “meaning,” a state focusing on the human struggle to confront uncertainty.

About the speaker

John Briggs holds a PhD in aesthetics and psychology from the Union Institute and University, and an MA in Literature from NYU. He has written for years on the subjects of creativity and creative process in science and the arts, authoring and co-authoring several well-known books on chaos, fractals and creativity, including Fire in the Crucible (St. Martin’s), Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos (Simon & Schuster) Looking Glass Universe (Simon & Schuster) and Turbulent Mirror (HarperCollins). Briggs was the editor of a 2012 collection of essays, Creativity & Compassion, How They Come Together. Former Senior Editor of Connecticut Review, he guest edited the spring 2015 issue of About Place on the subject of “the Primal Paradox.” He is a fine art photographer with a recent book of photographs, Curtains: Windows On the Unreality We Live In. His stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary publications. He is an emeritus Distinguished Professor at Western Connecticut State University and a Fellow at the Black Earth Institute.

The Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture Series

Established in 2003 in honor of the artist Fredi Schiff Levin who was a member of Provincetown’s arts community from the 1960s until her passing in 2002. PAAM gratefully acknowledges John and Toni Levin, and Liz Lovati of Angel Foods who make this program possible with their generous support. FSL lectures are free to members of PAAM or with the cost of Museum admission. A selection of previous lectures can be viewed on our YouTube page.