Highlights from Why It Matters: Hilton Als in Conversation with Karen R. Lawrence

Posted on Tue., Oct. 17, 2023

On Sept. 28, 2023, Hilton Als joined Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence in a conversation about his career as a critic and curator, the relationship between visual and textual forms, and the endless inspiration found in The Huntington’s collections.

Watch the full program.

Celebrating The Huntington’s unparalleled opportunities for cross-disciplinary exploration of human culture and history, the “Why It Matters” series features Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence in conversation with distinguished guests about the enduring relevance of the arts and humanities.

About the Featured Guest

Critic and curator Hilton Als has been a writer for The New Yorker since 1989, where he is currently the lead theater critic. Als is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among numerous other awards, he has received a Guggenheim for creative writing, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the Lambda Literary’s Trustee Award for Excellence in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, and the Langston Hughes Medal for his provocative contributions to the discourse on theater, race, class, sexuality, and identity in America.

Als is a teaching professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at Yale University, Columbia University, Wesleyan University, and Smith College. As a curator, his exhibitions include “Joan Didion: What She Means” for the Hammer Museum and the “Hilton Als Series,” three successive solo exhibitions at the Yale Center for British Art and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. He is currently The Huntington’s inaugural Hannah and Russel Kully Distinguished Fellow in American Art.

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