NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL) on a visiting professorship in Catalan Studies. An annually-appointed guest lecturer adds a Catalan perspective to many of the global cultural issues CEMS engages with, including art, immigration, race, and other questions connected with Europe and the Mediterranean. For more information about the collaboration, please visit here.
The program’s inaugural visiting professor was Dr. Carles Guerra.
Dr. Guerra has been the director of the Primavera Fotogràfica de Catalunya, the Virreina Centre de la Imatge, and chief curator of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. From 2015 to 2020, Guerra was the director of the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. He is an artist, art critic, independent researcher, and curator who has extensively worked in the field of modern and contemporary art, critical pedagogies, and documentary practices. He has taught at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and has curated a wide range of exhibits worldwide. Guerra is currently curating an exhibition on Francesc Tosquelles, an avant-garde Catalan psychiatrist, which will open at the American Folk Art Museum in Spring 2024.
While at NYU, the guest lecturers in Catalan studies participate in CEMS classes and seminars as well as present a public lecture about their scholarship, co-hosted by KJCC at NYU Arts & Science, which has a long tradition of supporting creative and scholarly projects on Catalonia.
Dr. Guerra presented a series of student-focused seminars at CEMS and NYU’s Museum Studies Program. He held a public lecture on Tosquelles at KJCC, which featured a pre-event screening of Tosquelles’s films compiled by Dr. Guerra, and was the featured speaker during a roundtable discussion on “Museums and Cultural Diplomacy for the Twenty-First Century,” which included a screening of Roberto Rossellini's last film, Beaubourg 1977.
Directed by Pere Almeda, the Institut Ramon Llull promotes Catalan language and culture internationally. The Institut collaborates and supports artists, institutions, entities and festivals, while encouraging exchange and collaboration in the fields of literature and translation, studies of Catalan studies, performing arts, cinema, music, visual arts, design and architecture. Based in Barcelona, the Institut has offices in Berlin, London, New York and Paris.