The Review Panel has a new home: Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Cultural Center at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Our first event this season is on Tuesday, February 9 at 7pm. As ever, the event will be recorded for future podcast.
As critic and biographer Blake Gopnik has said, “The Review Panel goes at it hammer and tongs.” Three critics join me, David Cohen, founder and moderator of the program, for a live public debate, looking typically at four carefully selected current solo shows of new work by contemporary artists. Audience members, many seeing the shows ahead of the evening, play a lively role in deliberations. As artist and critic Alexi Worth, a guest on our first Brooklyn panel and a longstanding audience member, wrote recently, “As print criticism shrinks, The Review Panel is ever more valuable, as a model, a magnet, and a proof that ‘serious’ can also mean ‘entertaining.’”
Joining Worth February 9 are a stalwart of The Review Panel and a newcomer: respectively, Roberta Smith, co-chief critic of The New York Times, and novelist Siri Hustvedt, author of The Blindfold, What I Loved and most recently The Blazing World. In a nice nod to our new hosts, the line-up of speakers and subjects reveals a healthy Brooklyn bias: Hustvedt and Worth, who shows at DC Moore Gallery, live in the Borough, while two of the three venues whose shows are up for discussion are in Red Hook and Bushwick. For details, please see the flyer, below.
Founded in 2004, The Review Panel ran for ten annual seasons at the National Academy Museum. The Review Panel Philadelphia, a separate series, continues its fourth annual season at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Podcasts of over 80 past panels are archived at artcritical.com and are also available at iTunes, the Pafa website, and elsewhere: many artists and educators view these podcasts as an invaluable resource.