Pulitzer Prize Winning New York Times Critic Holland Cotter Presents Lecture Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6 pm

Stanford, California — The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces the Bobbie and Mike Wilsey Distinguished Lecture for 2012, presented by art critic Holland Cotter on Thursday, May 17, at 6 pm. Cotter will speak on the impact and influences of non-western art in the American art museum. The lecture “Critical Consciousness: Art and the World,” presented in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, is free, with open seating.

Cotter is staff art critic at the New York Times, and he has also been a contributing editor at Art in America and an editorial associate at Art News. For the New York Times, he has written widely about non-western art and culture. In 2009, Cotter received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, “for his wide ranging reviews of art, from Manhattan to China, marked by acute observation, luminous writing and dramatic storytelling.”

The Cantor Arts Center's Wilsey Distinguished Lecture is made possible by support from Bobbie and Michael Wilsey. Previous speakers in the series include W. Richard West, former director of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; scholar William Gerdts, a leading authority on American painting; and renowned artists Claes Oldenburg, Jaume Plensa and Wayne Thiebaud.

Parking is free on campus after 4 pm on weekdays (and all day on weekends) in visitor parking spaces and in A and C parking lots. For information about the lecture, call 650-723-3469 or visit the Cantor Arts Center's Web site at museum.stanford.edu.

The Cantor Arts Center is open to the public Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am–5 pm, Thursday until 8 pm with free admission. The Center is located on the Stanford campus, off Palm Drive at Museum Way. Information: museum.stanford.edu, 650-723-4177.

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Contact PR Assistant Manager Margaret Whitehorn (650-724-3600, mmwhite@stanford.edu) for Cotter's biography or photograph.

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