For the fifth year in a row, the Farnsworth Forum will host one of America’s leading public intellectuals who will give his views on the state of the art world. This year we are proud to announce Adam Gopnik, writer for The New Yorker since 1986. Over the years, Adam Gopnik has come to be known as one of the preeminent, wittiest, and most charming interpreters of contemporary life writing today.
In an interview with Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell, Gopnik will discuss “A Question of Taste,” a broad look at taste in the world of food and in the world of art. Also, he will take a look back at the ground-breaking MoMA exhibition High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture, which he and Kirk Varnedoe organized, comparing what was happening over twenty years ago with today’s blending and reordering of popular culture and fine arts.
During his tenure at The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik has written fiction and humor pieces, book reviews, reporting pieces, and more than a hundred stories for The Talk of the Town and Comment. His books, ranging from essay collections about Paris and food to children’s novels, include High & Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture (1990), Paris to the Moon (2000), The King in the Window (2005), Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (2006), Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (2009), The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (2011), and Winter: Five Windows on the Season (2011). Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for essays and for criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He is an active lecturer, delivering the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations Massey Lectures in 2011. In addition to the Massey series, his more formal and extended lectures have included the New York Public Library/Oxford University Press lectures in New York, the Phillips Lecture in Washington and the Whitney Lecture in New York, and the Shapiro Lectures at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
Gopnik’s work has been anthologized many times, in “Best American Essays” (six times), “Best American Travel Writing,” “Best American Sports Writing,” “Best American Food Writing,” and “Best American Spiritual Writing.” He lives now in New York with his wife, Martha Parker, their two children, Luke Auden and Olivia Esme Claire, and bird Sklyer and dog Butterscotch.
Please note that there are no hard copy tickets that will be given to you in advance. Your name will be added to a reservation list and we will check you in at the door. The doors will open one half hour prior to the program start-time and there is open seating.
Cost: $25 members, $30 nonmembers
Primary media sponsor of The Farnsworth Forum with Adam Gopnik is Art New England