Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street in Rockport Village.
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"Perl—a man of refined discernment, great humanity, and unbending honesty—may be the finest American critic at work today in any field..."
--The Atlantic, February 2013
Jed Perl, award-winning art critic at The New Republic and author of the recently published Magicians and Charlatans, will present the 2013 CMCA Distinguished Lecture at 5 pm on Sunday, August 25, at the Rockport Opera House. His central theme will be the place of the arts in a democratic society.
Perl is the author of several other books, including Eyewitness: Reports from an Art World in Crisis and New Art City: Manhattan at Mid-Century. He also has written for Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, The New Criterion, and The Atlantic, among many other publications. Currently a visiting professor at The New School of Social Research, Perl has taught and lectured at numerous universities and museums. He has appeared on CNN and Charlie Rose and the MacNeil/Lehrer Report on PBS, and he has been interviewed on National Public Radio. Perl is also board chair of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, which offers residencies for established artists on Cranberry Island in Maine.
The 2013 Distinguished Lecture is made possible in part by generous support from Mathias Fine Art.