Montclair State University/Montclair Art Museum: Art Talks

Speaker: Roberta Smith, Art Critic for the New York Times

Roberta Smith, art critic for the New York Times will speak on “Doing Criticism: Profession, Inevitability, Necessity” at the Montclair Art Museum , 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, at 7:00 p.m. on December 5, 2007. Co-sponsored by Montclair State University, Department of Art & Design, Master of Fine Arts program and the Montclair Art Museum , the event is open to the public and admission is $10 for MAM members, $15 for non-members and free with MSU identification.

A free shuttle bus will leave from the MSU Red Hawk Deck bus stop at 6:15 p.m. and return from the museum at 8:45 p.m. Further information is available at MSU's MFA office, 973-655-4074 or the Montclair Art Museum at 973-746-5555.

In the 1970s Roberta Smith began working as a professional art critic, writing for journals such as Arts, Artforum, and Art in America; her work also has appeared in popular publications such as Newsweek and Vogue. In 1981 she became art critic for the Village Voice, and in 1986 began writing for the New York Times, where her reviews now appear weekly. Smith has written essays for numerous catalogues in this country and Europe, including shows by painters Cy Twombly, Elizabeth Murray and Jennifer Bartlett, sculptor Joel Shapiro, video artist Peter Campus and photographer Jimmy De Sana.

In February 2003 the College Art Association (CAA) honored Smith with the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism in recognition of her excellence as a critic. In its citation, the CAA praised Smith as a rigorous writer, painstaking in her approach and always intent on searching out the most pertinent information and most effective verbal means to convey complex visual ideas, and noted that above all, Smith's work stands out for its integrity and independence of mind.