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Art Criticism Panel Moves to Brooklyn From Longtime Upper East Side Venue

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The art criticism event "The Review Panel" is moving from its longtime home at the National Academy Museum on the Upper East Side to the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library this week.
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PROSPECT HEIGHTS — An art criticism institution is moving from the Upper East Side to Brooklyn this week.

The monthly forum “The Review Panel,” hosted and moderated by ArtCritical.com’s editor David Cohen, is set to make its debut at the Brooklyn Public Library on Tuesday, bringing a free discussion about four new art exhibits — two each in Manhattan and Brooklyn — to the library’s Central Branch.

The panel made the move after a decade at the National Academy Museum on the Upper East Side, the library said. Cohen told Brooklyn Daily that the decision to move the event was made, in part, to be closer to the city’s artistic scene.

“I’m conscious of the fact that much of our audience is made up of artists who live and or work in Brooklyn,” he told the newspaper, who first reported the move.

Tuesday’s inaugural event at the Grand Army Plaza library branch will address four exhibits in total: Charles Harlan’s Flood at Pioneerworks in Red Hook; Glenn Ligon’s We Need to Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is on view at Luhring Augustine in Bushwick; and Katherine Bradford’s Fear of Waves and Elizabeth Kley’s Ozymandias, both on view at the Canada gallery in the Lower East Side.

Speakers will include Cohen, Brooklyn-based artist Alexi Worth, author Siri Hustvedt and New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, the library said. As is typical, the event will be recorded for a future podcast, according to ArtCritical.

The new location for The Review Panel is about a 45-minute subway ride away from its former home on Fifth Avenue and 89th Street, but Cohen isn’t worried about his audience finding the monthly gathering, he told Brooklyn Daily.

“I find Manhattanites are happy to have an excuse to get to Brooklyn,” he said.

The Review Panel will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dweck Center at 10 Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights.