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Photo of Beatriz Cortez in a large gallery with wooden floors and sculptures behind her.

Beatriz Cortez

Longenecker-Roth Artist In Residence Guest Lecture

January 22, 2021
12:00 p.m. PST
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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.

The Longenecker-Roth Artist in Residence Endowment was established in 2016 to extend Martha Longenecker's legacy as an artist and educator. In the spirit of her historic impact on the visual arts in both local and global communities, this endowment brings to the Visual Arts Department of UC San Diego artists of national and international stature who will inspire our students to broaden the scope, appeal, and range of art as well as incite exchange with the faculty, the campus community and local artists and audiences.



The Cosmos (Spaceship), 2015. Wood, acrylic mirror, zip ties, found sound installation on a loop. 8 x 6 x 6 feet. Courtesy of the artist, the Queens Museum, New York, and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Hai Zhang.


Black Mirror, 2016. Steel, automobile paint, zip ties, and sound installation with found audio recording. 8 x 12 x 12 feet. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Claire Bruekel.


The Lakota Porch: A Time Traveler, 2017. Steel. 12 x 17 x 8 feet. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Bliss.


The Memory Insertion Capsule, 2017. Steel, archival materials on video loop. 14 x 13 x 13 feet. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: UCR Arts / Nikolay Maslov. 


The Argonaut, after Pakal, 2018. Steel and lacquer marker. 125 x 50 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Ruben Diaz. 


Tzolk'in, 2018. Steel, motor, battery, timer, solar panel, acrylic, and lacquer marker. 132 x 64.5 x 64.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Clockshop, and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Scott Lynch. 


Trinidad: Joy Station, 2019. Steel, car hood sections, chain link, mylar ribbons, and plants indigenous to the Americas. Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo: Gina Clyne. 


Generosity I, 2019. Steel, zip ties, and corn, beans, amaranth, quinoa, and gourd seeds. 5 ft x 3 ft x 3 ft. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council.