New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik will join Yale University Art Gallery Curator Laurence Kanter for an in-depth conversation about art and Long Wharf Theatre’s production of Simon Gray’s The Old Masters on Sunday, Feb. 6.

This talk, part of the theatre’s Sunday Symposium series, will take place following the 2 p.m. performance of The Old Masters on Long Wharf Theatre’s Mainstage, located at 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven. The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Old Masters, written in 2004 and previously performed in London’s West End, takes place under the menacing shadow of Mussolini in 1937. Two aging lions joust over the value of art and money. Just outside Florence, famous art historian Bernard Berenson (played by Waterston) and notorious art dealer Joseph Duveen (portrayed by Murray) edge toward a revealing final encounter as their fascinating relationship erupts on stage.

Adam Gopnik became The New Yorker’s art critic in 1987. In 1990, he collaborated with Kirk Varnedoe, the former curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, on the exhibition “High & Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture,” and co-wrote the book of the same name. In 1995, Gopnik moved to Paris and began writing the Paris Journal column for the magazine. An expanded collection of his essays from Paris, “Paris to the Moon,” appeared in 2000. While in Paris, he also wrote an adventure novel, “The King in the Window,” which was published in 2005. Gopnik has edited the anthology “Americans in Paris,” for the Library of America, and has written introductions to new editions of the works of Maupassant, Balzac, Proust, and Alain-Fournier. His most recent book, “Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York,” (2006), collects and expands his essays about life in New York and about raising two children here. It includes the essays “Bumping Into Mr. Ravioli,” about his daughter’s imaginary friend, and “Last of the Metrozoids,” about the life of Kirk Varnedoe and the year before his death, in 2003. Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. Gopnik lives in New York.

Kanter is the Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of Early European Art at the Yale University Art Gallery and formerly Curator-in-Charge of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 1989. He is the author of the catalogue Italian Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1994) and coauthor of Luca Signorelli (2001) and numerous exhibition catalogues, including Painting in Renaissance Siena, 1420–1500 (1988),Italian Renaissance Frames (1990), Painting and Illumination in Early Renaissance Florence, 1300–1450 (1994), The Treasury of Saint Francis of Assisi (1999), and Fra Angelico (2005).

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