Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times is the 2009/10 visiting critic in Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. In his course, titled Criticism, Journalism and Looking @ Art, Knight tells Otis students “Eclecticism is a virtue. For journalistic art criticism, which encounters an unlimited range of art and art-related events, it is also essential.”
Knight will deliver a public lecture that roams far and wide over art, journalism, history and critical art-writing by journalists and others, including examples found in traditional print media and on-line media. Distinctions will be made among journalistic, trade, academic and theoretical criticism.
A three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism (1991, 2001 and 2007), Knight received the 1997 Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism from the College Art Association - the first journalist to win the award in more than 25 years. In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Atlanta College of Art. Prior to joining the staff of the Los Angeles Times in 1989, Knight served as Los Angeles Herald Examiner art critic (1980-89), as assistant director for public information at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1979-80), and as curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (1976-79).
Otis College is presenting this lecture in conjunction with the Santa Monica College Art Department. Event is generously sponsored by the SMC Associates.