In a class mostly consisting of working artists' lectures, it was somewhat unexpected to have a lecture by an art critic. However, I think in this case, the lecture fit perfectly into the mold of the rest of the class, and in itself was absolutely fascinating for me.
In contrast to the last lecture, which I'd had a few problems with, I thought Christina did a brilliant job of laying out what she does, her reasons for doing it, and how she got started in the first place. I'd never really considered how exactly one becomes an art critic, and hearing that was certainly fascinating. One of the things that stayed with me from the talk was this quote: "If no one writes about a show, it never happened." While certainly a bit of an exaggeration, it raises a key point: documentation and criticism are incredibly important to the production of good work. It's easy to forget that there must be curators and critics who sift through the massive output of the creative class to make comments on it, but the truth is, the work they do is absolutely essential.
In addition, I found her comments about her interactions with the artist to be very interesting. To hear a critic say that they do in fact want a dialogue with an artist they criticize is highly refreshing, as I believe this is a way of furthering conversations. The short bit of debate between the gentleman in the back of the room and Christina was interesting, and I would've loved to hear the rest of the discussion about artists relationships' with critics.
All in all, I found this to be another highly engaging talk that I left inspired to think in new ways about the work I produce, and I enjoyed hearing a new perspective on the art world!