Middlebury College Museum of Art

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Thursday, April 15

“How Culture Explains (Almost) Everything”

Time: 4:30pm
Location: Dana Auditorium

Michael Kimmelman, Chief Art Critic for The New York Times

In this lecture Michael Kimmelman, chief art critic for The New York Times, explains how culture not only entertains and distracts us, it also helps us understand the deepest fears, desires, and aspirations behind the big political and economic forces of the day. Kimmelman will take us on a guided tour across the continent and elsewhere—a tour unlike any other, an insider’s look that no tourist ever gets—to reveal how culture is no longer something handed down from on high, which citizens must passively receive. It is not just what art critics proclaim. Rather, it points us toward those things around us that shape how we live, how we treat one another: it helps reveal who we are to ourselves.