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Meet Poet & Art Critic John Yau

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You are invited to the following free event after Thanksgiving:

The University Art Museum presents noted poet, art critic, and curator John Yau, who will give a lecture entitled "Above and Below the Radar: Artists Working Today" on Tuesday, November 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the University Art Museum on the UAlbany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave.

Yau’s reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Artnews, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. He was the Arts Editor for the Brooklyn Rail from 2006 to 2011. In January 2012, he started the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend with Thomas Micchelli, Natalie Haddad and Albert Mobilio.

Yau's poetry offers complicated, sometimes competing versions of the legacy of his dual heritages—as Chinese, American, poet, and artist. His poetry collections have won the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, the Academy of American Poets Lavan Award, American Poetry Review’s Jerome Shestack Award, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He was also named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France.

This event is part of the Museum’s Fall 2017 Public Programs, which brings together artists, critics, writers, poets, and scholars to address key issues in contemporary art and culture through rigorous and provocative talks, conversations, debates, seminars, screenings, and readings, and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History. This program is free and open to the public.


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Picture:  Portrait of John Yau, pencil on paper by Phong Bui, Walker Art Gallery