This week, the Wende Museum’s series Cold War Spaces pauses to create space for their first online interview in the series Art-Past-Present, which focuses on the significance of history and memory in contemporary artwork.
What do artists want to express these days in our culture of alternative realities and historical amnesia? By what means do they reference the past to inform the present? How do they connect with the real world by creating their own artistic universe?
Art-Past-Present is a monthly series co-hosted by visual artist Farrah Karapetian and the Wende’s Joes Segal. The first guest, Enrique Martínez Celaya, is a Cuban-born American artist who left a promising career in quantum electronics and laser technology to focus on art. Martínez Celaya is Provost Professor of Humanities and Art at the University of Southern California (USC) and Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College. His artwork has been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world.
The interview will focus on memory, literature and philosophy as sources of inspiration in Martínez Celaya’s work, and on painting as a way of understanding the world.
Wednesday, August 19, 12 p.m. Pacific Time. RSVP link:
Martinez Celaya/Photo Credit- LAMag