WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
6:00 p.m. Lecture, “The Critic as Artist” in 2011
Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago
Please use the Michigan Ave entrance
Distinguished critic at The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl has been described as America’s most influential writer on art. His lecture, “The Critic as Artist” in 2011, will address what, if anything, makes dedicated art criticism a going concern in an era—our own—when a despotic market, show-bizzy institutions, theme-spinning curators, academic theorists, and the vox populi of the Internet have divvied up its traditional functions? In 1890, Oscar Wilde argued for criticism as an art in itself. Can wishing make that so today, as a last resort?
Peter Schjeldahl has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and is the magazine’s art critic. He came to The New Yorker from The Village Voice, where he was the art critic from 1980 to 1998. Previously, he had written for the New York Times Arts and Leisure section. His writing has also appeared in Artforum, Art in America, the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. Schjeldahl has received the Frank Jewett Mather Award from the College Art Association, for excellence in art criticism, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been featured in many catalogs and has been collected in The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings (1991) and Let’s See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker (2008).
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This evening’s program is generously sponsored by Bill Padnos.
The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby’s as underwriters of our programming throughout the year.