AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture 2022: Siddhartha Mitter
Siddhartha Mitter, photo by Tom Saater
Siddhartha Mitter, photo by Tom Saater

Monday, December 14, 2022
6:30 - 8PM EDT
In-person and livestreamed
The 8th Floor
17 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

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AICA-USA is pleased to announce that arts journalist Siddhartha Mitter will deliver “Moving the Center” as the sixteenth annual AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture in partnership with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.

The AICA-USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New School is an annual event during which an exemplary writer addresses seminal issues in contemporary art criticism. Previous lecturers have been Legacy Russell, Carolina A,. Miranda, Courtney J. Martin, Aruna D’Souza, Paul Chaat Smith, Negar Azimi, Naomi Beckwith, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Lucy Lippard, Michelle Kuo, Peter Schjeldahl, Holland Cotter, Roberta Smith, Linda Nochlin, and Michael Brenson. Videos of previous lectures can be found here.

Siddhartha Mitter contributes primarily to The New York Times, for whom he writes profiles, reported features and criticism on contemporary art. He is most concerned with art-making and culture work as they reflect, negotiate, imagine and expand civic possibility. He works locally, nationally and internationally, often in Africa. He was a regular in the Village Voice in its swan-song years, and has contributed to many other publications within and outside the art field. Previously he was the culture reporter at WNYC New York Public Radio, and a writer on jazz and other music for the Boston Globe. Siddhartha’s training was in the social sciences, including graduate work in the political economy of development. His roots are in Boston, Calcutta, and Paris, and he has lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, since 2007.

This event is free and open to the public.

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