Philip Kennicott, Art & Architecture Critic, The Washington Post - PCG Seminar


Friday, November 3, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

The Program on Constitutional Government (PCG) is pleased to present a seminar talk with Philip Kennicott, "The Artist as Citizen: How could anyone quibble with that?"

Philip Kennicott, is the chief Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. Kennicott won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Philip Kennicott: “In the past half century, the United States has developed an increasingly professionalized arts industry. The origins of the current system are often attributed to the administration of John F. Kennedy, but much of the cultural “infrastructure” now in place dates back to the Johnson Administration, which championed the democratization of the arts and wide dissemination of cultural resources. This talk will examine in particular the emergence of an idea that has taken hold throughout the performing arts: The Artist as Citizen. It marks the triumph of the hidden hand of Lyndon Johnson in defining a role for American artists. Has anything been lost in this development? At risk are things Kennedy saw as fundamental to the artist’s purpose in a democracy: Radical independence and contrarian insight.”

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