With the collaboration of the Univerity of Southern California, the Cuban artist Enrique Martínez Celaya will develop, from February 6, The Lecture Project. With previous accomplishments in his studio in Miami during the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, the renowned thinkers, philosophers, historians and writers that are part of the program will give their lectures at Martinez Celaya’s studio in Culver City, California. Although there was a change of location, the program has not changed its thematic axis: reflect over the link between art and ethics.

Alexander Nemerov

The person in charge of inaugurating The Lecture Project 2019 will be Alexander Nemerov. Author of books such as Soulmaker: The Times of Lewis Hine and Summoning Pearl Harbor, and an internationally recognized intellectual, Nemerov is a professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Stanford University. In addition, his figure has become popular with his recent appearance in the documentary The Price of Everything, produced and broadcast by HBO. 

The second conference, which will take place on the day of the inauguration, will be carried out by Elizabeth Prelinger. Titled Shaping and Controlling an Artistic Reputation: Edvard Munch's Dilemma, the art history specialist will explore the self-criticism that the Norwegian painter had made once his art was "exploited" "For political purposes.

Elizabeth Prelinger is a professor of art history at the Georgetown University, in Washington D.C., has written incessantly in relation to the history of art in catalogs of exhibitions, magazines and other media. She has been in charge of the curatorship of more than one Edvar Munch exhibition, artist in which she is a specialist; the most recent at the National Gallery of Art with curator Andrew Robinson.



About Enrique Martínez Celaya

Born in Cuba in 1964, the artist Enrique Martínez Celaya has created an extensive body of work in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, installation, and printmaking. He was trained as an artist and physicist, earning a BS in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell University, a MS in Quantum Electronics from University of California Berkeley and a MFA in Painting from University of California, Santa Barbara. Martínez Celaya is the first person to hold the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at the University of Southern California, and is also a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College and a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Martínez Celaya’s work is represented in many private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. He has created projects and exhibitions for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig and recently started a multiyear partnership with The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.