The Fifth Annual AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New School Peter Schjeldahl: The Critic as Artist in 2011
Is updating Oscar Wilde possible? If anyone could do it, it would be the art critic, educator, and celebrated poet Peter Schjeldahl. Schjeldahl has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1998 and is currently 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 wrote 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. He is the author of four books, including The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings, published in 1991.This annual event addresses current issues in the world of art criticism. It is presented by the International Association of Art Critics (Association Internationale des Critiques dArt, or AICA) in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. AICA was founded in the wake of World War II to promote open global discourse on the arts and explore art criticism as a means of shedding light on contemporary culture. AICA now has chapters in 64 countries. For information about AICA, visit www.aicausa.org.
*Location: Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street - Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:30 p.m.