"We regret to inform you that we have postponed the 2014 Distinguished Lecture event scheduled for this Sunday, August 10, due to a medical emergency. The lecture will be rescheduled. Please contact Jean Thompson with any questions you may have or for reimbursement. If you bought tickets online, we have already refunded your payment via PayPal. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Kind Regards, CMCA"


Each year, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art presents a lecture by one of today's most distinguished and entertaining art critics. This year's lecturer is John Yau, art critic, independent curator, poet, essayist, novelist and teacher. His illustrated talk is titled An Alternate History of the New York Art World —1955 to the Present.

Yau’s presentation will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St., starting at 5 p.m. A will reception follow afterwards at CMCA, around the corner at 162 Russell Ave. Tickets are $12, $8 for CMCA members, available online at cmcanow.org or by calling 236-2875.

Yau writes regularly for the online publication Hyperallergic Weekend; before that, he was arts editor for the Brooklyn Rail for four years. Yau has published more than 50 books of art criticism, poetry and fiction; and he runs the small press Black Square Editions, which publishes translations, poetry and fiction. Yau has taught at Brown University, Pratt Institute and the University of California at Berkley, among many other institutions.

Currently living in New York City, Yau was born in Lynn, Mass., to Chinese immigrant parents. He received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Brooklyn College. Among the many awards Yau has received are a New York Foundation for the Arts award, the Peter I.B. Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Jerome Shestack Award from the American Poetry Review. He was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Foundations for the Arts and the Ingram-Merrill Foundation.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. CMCA’s main media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.