Boston University College of Fine Arts Welcomes Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith

in Visual Arts
February 18th, 2014

Monday, February 24, 6:30pm — CFA’s School of Visual Arts hosts these Two Prominent Art Critics in a “Kitchen Table” Conversation

Boston, MA – The School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts (CFA) at Boston University welcomes Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith in conversation as part of the 2013-2014 Contemporary Perspectives Lecture series.

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture: Jerry Saltz + Roberta Smith
Dates and Events: Monday, February 24, 2014, 6:30pm
Location: Morse Auditorium (602 Commonwealth, Ave.)
All Contemporary Perspectives Lectures are Free and Open to the Public

“We are delighted to have Jerry and Roberta at BU School of Visual Arts. This is an unusual speaking engagement for them as they normally do not speak together,” explains Lynne Allen, Director of Boston University School of Visual Arts. “We are expecting a fun, family discussion, much as if they were sitting around the kitchen table!”

Roberta Smith is a critic for the New York Times and a lecturer on contemporary art. Her clear, insightful writing has also appeared in Artforum, Art in America and the Village Voice. In addition, Smith has written numerous essays for catalogues and monographs on contemporary artists, including the featured essay in the Donald Judd catalogue raisonné published by the National Gallery of Canada in 1975. In 2003, the College Art Association awarded Smith the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. She has appeared numerous times on Art Review’s guide to the 100 most powerful figures in contemporary art.

Jerry Saltz is the senior critic for New York Magazine. He was formerly the senior art critic for the Village Voice, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism three times. Saltz is known for his accessible, candid writing style and his democratic approach to critical dialogue. He has embraced new media and popular culture as a means to connect audiences to art: His Facebook page, which is followed by tens of thousands, has become an outgrowth of his writing for print and a platform for public debate on contemporary art. Together, he and Smith set the tone for art criticism in America today.

In 2006, the School of Visual Arts at CFA launched the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture series to provide the opportunity for students to work in both lecture and studio settings with artists who offer diverse and multicultural perspectives. Through this series, CFA students benefit from exposure to artistic diversity, and engaging to contemporary artists in dialogue about the art-making process, individual studio visits, and critiques.

2013–14 Visiting Artists

Jan. 28, 6:30pm
Carrie Moyer: Contemporary Perspectives Lecture
CFA Concert Hall

Feb. 24, 6:30pm
Jerry Saltz + Roberta Smith: Contemporary Perspectives Lecture
Morse Auditorium

Apr. 27, 4:30pm
Miranda July: The Hamill Lecture
Morse Auditorium