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Kurt Andersen Lecture

February 16 2017

When 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B. Lewis Theater

Kurt Andersen Lecture
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Internationally known writer and cultural critic Kurt Andersen comes to the Cleveland Institute of Art for a free lecture on art and design and its role in the contemporary world and in 20th century fascism.

Tickets are FREE, but reservations are required. Click here to reserve a seat.

Andersen, host of public radio's cultural magazine show Studio 360, synthesizes historical and cultural trends. He is a bestselling novelist and a media entrepreneur.

He began his career in journalism at TIME, where he was an award-winning writer on politics and criminal justice before becoming, for eight years, the magazine’s design and architecture critic.

At the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 2004, he curated an exhibit called “Faster, Cheaper, Newer, More: Revolutions of 1848.” He has since joined the board of trustees of the Cooper-Hewitt, and also serves on the board of the Pratt Institute.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was an editor of the Lampoon. He received an honorary doctorate from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, and in 2009 was Visionary in Residence at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He was named by New York magazine as one of the “100 People Who Changed New York,” and by Forbes as one of the “25 Most Influential Liberals in the U.S. Media.” And he was named the 2014 arts Medalist by Harvard College’s Signet Society.

In addition to his novels and journalism, Andersen writes for film, television and the stage. In 2011 he served as a guest Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, and from 2004 through 2008 wrote a column for New York Magazine. He contributes to Vanity Fair and has previously been a columnist for The New Yorker and TIME.

He co-founded Spy magazine, and served as editor in chief of New York magazine during the mid-90s. At the turn of the 21st century he co-founded (and successfully sold) Inside, an online and print publication covering the media industries, and in 2004 and 2005 oversaw a relaunch of Benetton's Colors magazine.

In 2006 he co-founded Very Short List, an email newsletter for connoisseurs of culture and information that won a 2009 Webby Award. And he has served as editor-at-large for Random House, responsible for conceiving, acquiring and overseeing non-fiction books.

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