Evanston Art Center will host a panel discussion on art crticism with Derek Guthrie, co-founder of the New Art Examiner on Sunday, April 15.

In the spirit of the New Art Examiner magazine, published from 1973 to 2002, that embraced the virtues of freedom of expression and intelligent discourse, the participating panelists will discuss the historical significance of the NAE and the relevance it may still have today.

The free program will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at the art center, 2603 Sheridan Road.

New Art Examiner co-founder Derek Guthrie and an intergenerational panel of local art writers will discuss the historical significance and future of art criticism in Chicago.

The dialogue will touch upon the current discourses of modern and postmodern approaches to art criticism, art writing, new arts journalism, institutional authority and influence (art schools, art museums, etc.) as well as contemporary art strategies that are shaping culture now.

The goal of this event is to establish certain histories and commonalities that can move our city forward.

Panelists currently include: Kathryn Born, W. Keith Brown, William Conger, Andrew Falkowski, Derek Guthrie, Annie Markovich, Bert Stabler, Diane Thodos, and Lauren Weinberg.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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