Beatriz Cortez- Voids, Portals, and Moving Land

September 20, 2023 7PM

The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York NY 10011

Co-presented with The Vera List Center for Art and Politics

In this lecture, the artist engages with the temporary nature of her exhibition Beatriz Cortez: The Volcano That Left (currently on view at Storm King Art Center), and examines the conceptual content carried by movement and impermanence, engaging with the different ways in which her work counters ideas about permanence, opens up portals in space and time, and creates voids, movement, and multiple temporalities. In particular, Cortez discusses her plans for the journey of her sculpture Ilopango, the Volcano that Left on the Hudson River in late October from Storm King Art Center to the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York, a voyage across water, land, time, and tides. 

Ilopango, the Volcano that Left is co-commissioned by Storm King Art Center, EMPAC–Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. This Parsons Visiting Artist Lecture Series is presented as part of the public programming for the commission, and co-organized by Parsons Fine Arts and the Vera List Center. The sculpture was created in part during the artist’s residency at Atelier Calder, Saché, France. Beatriz Cortez is a 2020-2022 Borderlands/Vera List Center Fellow.

Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist and scholar. Her work explores simultaneity, multiple temporalities, speculative visions, and imaginaries of the future. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is represented in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Michigan State University Broad Art Museum, East Lansing; El Paso Museum of Art; Ford Foundation, New York;, among others. She teaches at UC Davis. She lives and works in Los Angeles and Davis.

Headshot photo credit: Ruben Diaz. The two images of my work photo credit: Jeffrey Jenkins / Storm King Art Center.