2010.03.25 > For Immediate Release
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Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya Returns for April 19 Public Conversation
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will welcome internationally renowned artist Enrique Martínez Celaya for his final Nebraska visit in April as Visiting Presidential Professor, again hosted by University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken.
Martínez Celaya, whose exhibition of new work, The Open, is on view at Simon Lee Gallery in London, will spend the week of April 19 in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney.
His residency program will begin in KANEKO who will host Martínez Celaya in a free public program Monday, April 19, at 7 p.m., in the KANEKO Bow Truss, 1111 Jones St. in Omaha’s Old Market.
“A Conversation with Enrique Martínez Celaya” will be moderated by Daniel A. Siedell, assistant professor of art and art history at UNO. The event will feature a dialogue between Martínez Celaya and Siedell, as well as opportunity for attendees to participate in the discussion. Reservations are requested but not required. For information and to reserve a seat, visit www.thekaneko.org.
UNO students are also invited to attend a conversation between Martínez Celaya and art students at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at the KANEKO-UNO Library, inside the KANEKO.
Martínez Celaya recently joined the Creative Board of Directors at KANEKO.
“We were fortunate when Enrique Martínez Celaya agreed to join the Creative Board of KANEKO,” said Hal France, KANEKO executive director. “Creative Board members serve our new organization as program advisors and as liaisons to creative people and creative happenings worldwide. Enrique’s work as an artist is informed by so many diverse influences, including science, art and literature. He has a probing intellect and shares his perspectives and experiences brilliantly. His studio and our non-profit have much in common. We look forward to exploring many avenues together.”
On Wednesday, April 21, Martínez Celaya will host his sixth and final public lecture, “On Painting,” at the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The free event begins at 5:30 p.m. In his last lecture as Visiting Presidential Professor, Martínez Celaya offers an in-depth analysis of the structure and nature of painting. He pushes through common assumptions about painting, which see it as a process, a gesture, an object, or image. Martínez Celaya locates painting within the disparity of means and ends and the tension between presence and reference. In this intricate yet elegant argument, Martínez Celaya suggests that painting is a location of the mind, which implicates us inextricably with death and love.
Presidential Professors are appointed by the president of the University of Nebraska to serve as public scholars who enrich the cultural and educational life of the university and the state. In addition to Martínez Celaya, NU President James B. Milliken has appointed one other Presidential Professor, Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
About Enrique Martínez Celaya
The practice of Enrique Martínez Celaya (b. Cuba, 1964) spans a broad range of media and disciplines. He creates projects for art venues such as the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig and the Miami Art Museum as well as environments not traditionally associated with visual arts such as the Berliner Philharmonie. He has offered lectures on art—often in its relation to literature and ethics—at venues around the world and his essays have appeared in many publications. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and others. For his work as an artist, he has received many awards and prizes including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Young Talent Award, the California Community Foundation Fellowship, J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, and the Anderson Ranch National Artist Award. Martínez Celaya is the author of Guide, The Blog and Poems for the Bed, an early book of poetry, and has edited a collection of writings on philosophy, Sketches of Landscape as well as a selection of poems from Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire.
In the fall of 2010, the University of Nebraska Press will publish a collection spanning two decades of his writings, interviews and lectures: Enrique Martínez Celaya: Collected Writings and Interviews, 1990-2010.
Martínez Celaya began his art training as an apprentice to an academic painter. He studied Applied Physics at Cornell University and supported by a fellowship from the Brookhaven National Laboratory pursued a Ph.D. in Quantum Electronics at the University of California, Berkeley. As a scientist he worked on superconductivity, lasers and laser delivery systems, research for which he was issued an often-cited patent. He left the doctoral program at Berkeley to make art, receiving a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1994 and on the same year attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Maine. From 1994 to 2003, he taught as a tenured professor in the faculty of Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate University. He presently serves as a trustee on the Anderson Ranch Board.
Martínez Celaya’s lectures on art—often in its relation to literature and ethics—at venues around the world, including the American Academy in Berlin, UCLA and New York University. His studio and imprint, Whale & Star, functions as a contemplative and educational environment concerned with the role art has in life, spirit and community.
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