COVID-19 & Societal Impacts

How Pandemics Impact Art

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Pandemics have had a profound influence on art — the COVID-19 pandemic won’t be an exception. Watch this discussion regarding how art has been shaped by disease outbreaks and how artists respond to them. The conversation sheds new light on how art becomes a diary of human history and what we can expect this latest entry to look like. Featuring artist and physicist Enrique Martínez Celaya, Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at USC Dornsife; Jonathan T.D. Neil, director of the Center for Business & Management of the Arts at Claremont Graduate University; and Andy Campbell, critical studies professor at USC Roski School of Art and Design.

Who Will Benefit

– Artists who continue to shape their creative responses to the COVID-19 crisis
– Those looking to understand how artists have reacted to past pandemics through their work
– Creatives searching for economic solutions within museums and galleries

About Our Featured Faculty

Andy Campbell is a critical studies professor at USC Roski School of Art and Design. Campbell is an art historian, curator and art critic who has worked with leading higher education institutions and museums for a decade. Campbell’s scholarly and curatorial work explores the identity-based politics of sexuality, queerness, race and feminism, addressing how these movements manifest themselves in visual culture. Campbell holds a BA from Oberlin College, and a MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Enrique Martínez Celaya is the first person to hold the position of Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He is an artist, author and former scientist whose work has been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world, and he is the author of books and papers in art, poetry, philosophy and physics. Work by the artist is held in more than 50 public collections internationally, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford. He received a BS in applied physics and a minor in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and a MS with a specialization in quantum electronics from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and earned an MFA with the department’s highest distinction from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was also a junior fellow at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.