Artist Beatriz Cortez in conversation with Curator Erin Christovale
Thursday, September 24
Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities and versions of modernity, memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. She has had solo exhibitions at the Craft Contemporary Museum, Los Angeles; Clockshop, Los Angeles; Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles; Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles; Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador; Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California; and Museo Municipal Tecleño, El Salvador.
Her recent group exhibitions include In Plain Sight at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle; Candelilla, Coatlicue, and the Breathing Machine at Ballroom Marfa, in Texas; Unfolding Universes at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia; Utopian Imagination at the Ford Foundation Gallery, New York; Paroxysm of Sublime at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Ingestion at TEORé/Tica in San José, Costa Rica; Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas at the Queens Museum, New York; and Chronos, Cosmos: Deep Time, Open Space at the Socrates Sculpture Park, New York. Cortez has received the Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), Frieze LIFEWTR Inaugural Sculpture Prize (2019), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), and California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016), among others.
She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a doctorate in Latin American Literature from Arizona State University. She teaches at California State University, Northridge. Beatriz Cortez is represented by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.
Erin Christovale. Photo credit: Paley Fairman.
Erin Christovale is the Associate Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the co-founder of the experimental film program, Black Radical Imagination, with Amir George.
Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Made in L.A. (2018), the Hammer Museum's biennial with Anne Ellegood. Recent projects include solo presentations of artists Jamilah Sabur (2019), Ja'Tovia Gary (2020) and belonging (2019), a collection show responding to bell hook's collection of essays, Belonging: A Culture of Place, at the Hammer Museum.
Film programs include Black Radical Imagination (ongoing), Let It Be Known (2016) as part of Clockshop's, Radio Imagination, a series of programs and artist commissions exploring the legacy of Octavia E. Butler, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS (2017) with Vivian Crockett as part of Visual AIDS’ project, "A Day With(Out) Art", and Cosmic Mumbo Jumbo (2019) as part of Kadist Video Library Online Video Exhibition series.
This event is open to the public free of charge.
PLATFORM is presented by ConSortiUm, a collaborative project by the California State University Art Galleries and Museums.