Modern and Contemporary Forum: Beatriz Cortez

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 6:00pm
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Modern and Contemporary Forum

Artist Talk: Beatriz Cortez 

Wednesday, February 2

6–7 p.m. 

Online Event

Beatriz Cortez is an artist and a scholar from El Salvador who lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. Cortez’s work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities, and different versions of modernity, particularly in relation to memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at ICA San Diego (2021); Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles (2019); Occidental College, Los Angeles (2019); Clockshop, Los Angeles (2018); Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles (2016); and Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2016). Cortez has participated in group exhibitions at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2021, 2016); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2020); the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2019); Ballroom Marfa (2019); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2019); John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); and Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador (2016). Cortez is the recipient of the Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), the inaugural Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), the Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2019), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), the Artist Community Engagement Grant (2017), and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016). Her work is currently included in FUTURES at the Smithsonian Arts + Industry Building.

Supported by Yale Department of the History of Art and the Dean’s Fund for Research Workshops, Seminars and Colloquia.

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