Jumping Sides: When Critics Make Art and Artists Do Criticism

General Programming

  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

The disciplines of creating art and criticizing art, while interdependent, are often thought of as mutually exclusive, and even antagonistic. Artists often dismiss critical inquiry as irrelevant or exploitative, and critics often claim that the ability to produce creative work is no prerequisite for what they do. What happens, then, when critics dare to work in the creative field they criticize?

A panel of four artist/critics will discuss this dual calling:

Eliza Bent, playwright/actor & theater journalist

Ethan Greenbaum, visual artist & arts editor/writer

Kellie Jones, curator & art scholar/critic

Greg Tate, musician & music critic

Moderated by Professors Alisa Solomon, dramaturg & theater critic, and David Hajdu, songwriter & music critic.

  • Moderator Alisa Solomon Professor & Director, Arts Concentration at Journalism School Columbia University
  • Moderator David Hajdu Professor of Journalism Columbia University
  • Discussant Kellie Jones Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology Columbia University
  • Discussant Greg Tate Writer/Musician
  • Discussant Ethan Greenbaum Artist
  • Discussant Eliza Bent Adjunct Lecturer Brooklyn College