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Globally Connected @FIT: Looking at, Loving, and Writing About Art, with New York Times Critic Roberta Smith

April 29, 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

flyer for Roberta Smith talkGlobally Connected @FIT and the Virtual Artist Talk Series presents Roberta Smith, the co-chief art critic at The New York Times.

At the Times, Smith regularly reviews museum exhibitions, art fairs and gallery shows in New York, North America and abroad. Since joining the newspaper in 1991, she has written on Western and non-Western art from the prehistoric to the contemporary eras. She sees her main responsibility as “getting people out of the house,” making them curious enough to go see the art she covers, but she also enjoys posting artworks on Instagram and Twitter. Special areas of interest include ceramics, textiles, folk and outsider art, design and video art.

She has written critic’s notebooks on the need for museums to be free to the public; Brandeis University’s decision to close its museum and sell its art collection (later rescinded), and the unveiling of the Google Art Project, which allowed online HD views of paintings in the collections of scores of leading museums worldwide.

Born in New York City and raised in Kansas, Smith is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa. Before coming to the Times she wrote for the Village Voice. In 2003 she received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism.

About Globally Connected @ FIT

This is a series of 45-minute virtual discussions, talks, and presentations for the FIT community led by students, faculty, and alumni to advance global education at FIT in our new world without mobility. The major themes are fashion, art, sustainability, racial equity, and life during the pandemic around the world. Hosted by the Office of International Programs and the Cultural Fellows, and the History of Art Department.

About the Virtual Artist Talks Series

The FIT Art and Design Gallery regularly holds online conversations with artists about work that is on view in the gallery or sponsored by the School of Art and Design.

This virtual event is for the FIT community only; REGISTER HERE