New York Times art critic Holland Cotter to speak at Yale

Holland CotterHolland Cotter, chief art critic for The New York Times, will visit Yale as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism on April 11.

His talk, titled “Criticism: Taking It Personally,” will take place at 4 p.m. at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. The event is free and open to the public.

Cotter has been writing for The New York Times since 1992. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2009. In 2010, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award for Art Writing by the College Art Association. For many years he was a contributing editor at Art in America and an editorial associate at Art News.

He received an B.A. from Harvard College, where he studied poetry with Robert Lowell; an M.A. in art history from the City University of New York; and an M. Phil. in art history from Columbia University, where he focused on early Indian Buddhist art, studied Sanskrit, and taught South Asian and Islamic art.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale was established by Nelson Poynter '27 M.A. It brings to campus journalists who have made significant contributions to their field. Over the years, the fellowship has sponsored visits by Bob Woodward, Tom Friedman, Ira Glass, Paul Goldberger, Charlie Rose, and Judy Woodruff, among many others.