2013 Distinguished Lecturer: Jed Perl

General event
August 25 2013

"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 magazine

Jed Perl, award-winning art critic at The New Republic and author of the recently published Magicians & Charlatans: Essays on Art and Culture, will present the 2013 CMCA Distinguished Lecture at 5 pm on Sunday, August 25, at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street in Rockport Village. A reception and book signing for Magicians & Charlatans will follow at CMCA. Tickets are $10; $8 for members. To reserve tickets, call 207.236.2875.

The central theme of Perl's talk will be the place of the arts in a democratic society. Perl believes that the greatest possible number of people should have access to rich artistic/cultural experiences, and that while pop culture is one of the great achievements of a democratic society, he believes we also need to preserve the unique qualities of high culture. The poet John Ashbery has said Perl's "ability to recognize the traditional forms of art behind their continual transmutation has made his an almost solitary, essential voice.”

Click here to read the full review of Magicians & Charlatans in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of The Atlantic. Copies of the book will be for sale at the book signing at CMCA following the talk.

For an interview with Jed Perl in the Huffington Post, click here.

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 the Machiah Center and Mathias Fine Art.