Call & Response: A Reply to NY Times critic Roberta Smith


As part of The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, ADHT Assistant Professor Laura Auricchio has published a response to NY Times critic Roberta Smith.

On November 5, 2009, Roberta Smith delivered a talk entitled “Criticism: A Life Sentence” at the 2009 AICA/USA Distinguished Critic Lecture at The New School.

Laura Auricchio’s response, published in February at, explores questions regarding the role of the critic. Who reads criticism? Who reads reviews? Is the role of the critic, Auricchio asks with urgency, “to educate the educated”?

Image: Roberta Smith, courtesy of the New York Times



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