Established in 1977 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery (Dartmouth Class of '25), the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment was created "to provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College in ways that will significantly add to the quality and character thereof, making possible major new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichment to, the educational experience offered primarily to undergraduate students within the Dartmouth community."
Spotlight- Current Montgomery Fellow
July 1-31, 2014
Enrique Martinez Celaya was trained as an artist and physicist and currently works in painting, sculpture, photography and writing, combined into environments, large installations that ask the big, meaning-of-life type questions that push the boundaries of contemporary philosophy, religion, art and literature. Born in Cuba, Martinez Celaya moved with his family to Spain and then Puerto Rico, where he apprenticed with a painter at the age of 12. He studied applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University, worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory and pursued a PhD in Quantum Electronics at the University of California, Berkeley, before leaving to pursue art full-time. He received a Skowhagen Fellowship to attend the Skowhagen School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and earned a Master of Fine Arts with the department's highest distinction from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Museum der bildenden Künste in Liepzig, Germany, among others. He is the author of seven books, and multiple essays on art, poetry and aesthetics. As a physicist he published scientific papers on superconductivity and lasers, is the inventor of several laser devices and of an often-cited patent.
He is joined on this visit by his wife and four children.
Martinez Celaya will give a public presentation titled "Five Projects since Schneebett" about his work and practice on Tuesday, July 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hood Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Kim Gallery.
His installation Burning as It Were a Lamp, will be on display in the Hood Museum of Art from July 12 through August 10. Martinez Celaya will speak about this installation in the Hood Gallery at 12:30p.m. on Tuesday, July 22.
In addition to these public events, Martinez Celaya will be visiting classes, meeting with participants in the Young African Leaders Program hosted by the Dickey Center, and maintaining open studio hours in the HOP garage. You can learn more about his paintings, writings, publishing and other work at his website, http://www.martinezcelaya.com/.
Daniel T. Potts
In residence all term.
Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History
Professor Potts specializes in the study of Iran, Mesopotamia and the Arabian Peninsula, as well as relations between these regions and their neighbors. Chronologically his work is wide-ranging - from the Neolithic to late antiquity, but his main focus is on the transition from pre-history to the Bronze Age in Mesopotamia and Iran, especially the 3rd millennium BCE. He has conducted field excavation projects in Iran, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. While at Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow, Professor Potts will teach Anthropology 12.2 The Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in the 10A.
Public Event: The First Charter of Human Rights? Cyrus the Great's Cylinder in Contemporary and Historical Perspective
Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 4:30 p.m.
South African award-winning singer, songwriter activist, and anthropologist will perform with his band Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Lebanon Opera House. He then joins the Dartmouth College campus for a two-day residency where he will meet with classes and informally with students. On Monday, April 14 he will appear in a public event, "A Conversation with Johnny Clegg" at 4 p.m. in Fliene Auditorium, Moore Hall.
Last Updated: 7/7/14