Adam Gopnik is one of the preeminent, wittiest, and most charming interpreters of contemporary life writing today. As a magazine writer, art critic, author of several essays and books and lecturer, Gopnik occupies the rare position of garnering critical accolades and enjoying public adoration.
A writer for The New Yorker since 1986, Gopnik was their art critic from 1987 until 1995 when he moved with his family to live and write in Paris. The subsequent expanded collection of essays, “Paris To the Moon,” appeared in 2000 and was described by The New York Times as “the finest book on France in recent years.”
In 1990, Gopnik collaborated with Kirk Varnedoe on the exhibition “High & Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture” and co-wrote the book of the same name, which Robert Hughes called “the indispensable text on its subject.” Gopnik is the author of several other books including Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (Vintage, 2007) and Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Lincoln, Darwin and Modern Life (Knopf, 2009) which the London Telegraph described as “the essay every essayist would like to have written.”
In addition to his work as a writer, Gopnik is an active lecturer, invited to speak at universities across North America. In 2011, he delivered the distinguished Massey Lectures on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which were broadcast live from five Canadian cities. In addition, in 2006 Gopnik hosted and presented an hour-long film about New York, “Lighting Up New York,” for the BBC in London.
Adam Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, as well as the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, and the Canadian National Magazine Award Gold Medal for arts writing. His work has been anthologized many times, in Best American Essays (six times), Best American Travel Writing, Best American Sports Writing, Best American Food Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Montreal, Gopnik received his B.A. in art history from McGill University and then did his graduate work at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Described recently by The New York Times as “...possibly America’s most devoted public Francophile,” his most recent book is The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (Knopf, 2011).
Dr. Lois Oppenheim is Distinguished Scholar, Professor of French, and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Montclair State University where she teaches courses in literature and psychoanalysis. She is also a Scholar Associate Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (NYPSI) and an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. She has authored or edited ten books, including A Curious Intimacy: Art and Neuro-Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2005, and has an eleventh currently in press: Imagination from Fantasy to Delusion (forthcoming, Routledge). Dr. Oppenheim’s current research is in the area of neuro-psychoanalysis and creativity As a former professional dancer, and currently as a distinguished academic in the field of French and comparative literature, Dr. Oppenheim completed the Scholar Associate Program at NYPSI to deepen her application of psychoanalysis to the performing and literary arts. She is in the second year as host of the popular “Conversations with...” series of interviews with acclaimed artists and authors at NYPSI. Dr. Oppenheim is also co-creator of the forthcoming documentary about mental health stigma entitled How to Touch a Hot Stove.