On February 22, Professor Emeritus Juan A. Martínez of Florida International University delivered his lecture in conjunction with The Museum of Fine Arts current exhibition, Cuban Art in the Twentieth Century. Professor Martínez earned his doctorate in art history from Florida State University in 1992 and taught courses in art and art history at FIU, focusing on modern art in Europe and Cuba. He is the author of Cuban Art & National Identity: The Vanguardia Painters 1927–1950 (University Press of Florida, 1994) and contributed an essay to the catalogue of the Cuban Art in the Twentieth Century exhibition. His lecture focused on modern Cuban painting of the 1930s and 1940s, tracing it from its emulation of the European avant-garde through its development of an independent, indigenous style.
Please enjoy photos and a short clip from Professor Martinez’s lecture.