A graphic saying power/culture.
A graphic saying power/culture.
A graphic saying power/culture.
Part One: The Power of the Critic
525 West 19th Street, New York
September 23, 2019

David Zwirner Books and The New York Review of Books are pleased to announce POWER/CULTURE, a four-part series of public talks that will bring together leading writers, artists, and thinkers to explore the role of power within the cultural sphere. The talks will examine the shifting power of the critic, the public, the patron, and the artist, both historically and within today’s cultural landscape. Hosted by Lucas Zwirner, head of content at David Zwirner, and Daniel Mendelsohn, editor-at-large of The New York Review of Books, the talks will take place at David Zwirner’s New York galleries. 

Monday, September 23, 2019
519 West 19th Street, New York

Doors open at 6 PM
Talk begins at 6:30 PM

Thank you for your interest. Due to an overwhelming response, this event is at capacity and the RSVP list is now closed. We look forward to seeing you at the next event.

The series will launch with the talk “The Power of the Critic,” a conversation about the evolving role of critics, publications, and media in making taste, careers, and canons. That discussion will take place on Monday, September 23, and will feature Manohla Dargis (co-chief film critic for The New York Times), Robert Gottlieb (former editor of The New Yorker and former editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster and Knopf), Antwaun Sargent (independent writer and critic), and Jillian Steinhauer (independent critic for The New York Times), and will be moderated by Daniel Mendelsohn.

“At David Zwirner, we believe that conversation and criticism are vital to artists—and power is certainly at the core of many of the discussions about art today. We are excited to partner with The New York Review of Books, one of the bastions of contemporary cultural criticism, and look forward to the dialogues that will arise from this series,” says Lucas Zwirner.

“We at The New York Review of Books are delighted to be working with David Zwirner to sponsor this important new series of conversations about a subject that has never been more urgent: how power operates in culture—its production as well as its reception,” said Daniel Mendelsohn. “Who gets to make culture, and who gets to judge it? By bringing together such a richly diverse set of panelists—writers and critics who have worked both inside and outside traditional institutions of cultural authority—we are confident that we can provide answers to those central questions that will be both provocative and illuminating.”

This event is free and open to the public, and RSVP to NYRB@davidzwirner.com is required. 

About the Panelists 

Manohla Dargis grew up in the East Village in New York, where she attended public school and was a frequent attendee at both St. Mark’s Cinema and Theater 80. She started writing about movies professionally in 1987 while earning her MA in cinema studies at New York University. A class with the longtime Village Voice critic J. Hoberman led to her being hired to write about avant-garde cinema for the Voice. She kept on writing and since then has written about a lot of movies for a lot of publications and her work has been anthologized in several books. She has been the co-chief film critic for The New York Times since 2004. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Robert Gottlieb has been the editor in chief of Simon & Schuster; the president, publisher, and editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf; and the editor of The New Yorker. As a writer, he contributes frequently to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review; for the past twenty years, he has also been the dance critic of The New York Observer. Gottlieb is the author of several biographies, a memoir, and a collection of criticism: Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens, George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt, Avid Reader: A Life, and Near-Death Experiences … And Others. In 2015, he was presented the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Antwaun Sargent is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The New York Review of Books. His first book, The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, is being published by Aperture this October. 

Jillian Steinhauer is a journalist and editor living in Brooklyn. Her writing appears in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, The Art Newspaper, and other publications. She won the 2014 Best Art Reporting Award from the US chapter of the International Association of Art Critics for her work at Hyperallergic, where she was formerly a senior editor. She writes mainly about art and politics, but has been known to go on at length about cats.

About the Host

Daniel Mendelsohn, the editor-at-Large of The New York Review of Books and Director of the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, is a frequent contributor of essays on books, movies, theater, television, and classical antiquity to The New York Review of Books as well as to The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications. He is the author of The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity (1999); The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million (2006); and An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic (2017). His other books include a translation, with commentary, of the complete poems of Constantine Cavafy and three collections of essays and criticism, most recently Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to ‘Game of Thrones.’