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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Beatriz Cortez

September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


121 Hanes Art Center

“Of Ice, Volcanoes, and Whales: Notes on a Summer Expedition to the Arctic”

Beatriz Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist born in El Salvador and based in Los Angeles and Davis, California. Her work explores simultaneity, multiple temporalities, the untimely, and speculative imaginaries of the future. Her recent solo exhibitions include Storm King Art Center (2023); Williams College Museum of Art (2023); Commonwealth and Council (2022); and Pitzer College Art Galleries (2022). Her work was included in the 60th International Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Foreigners Everywhere (2024), and the 14th Shanghai Biennial, Cosmos Cinema (2023-24). Cortez has received the Latinx Artist Fellowship (2023); Borderlands Fellowship at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics (2022-2024); Atelier Calder artist residence in Saché, France (2022); California Studio artist residence at UC Davis (2022); Longenecker-Roth artist residence at UC San Diego (2021); Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), the inaugural Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), among others. She teaches sculpture and critical theory in the Studio Art Program at the University of California, Davis.

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students. The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community. All lectures are free and open to the public.

A weeknight or daytime permit is now required after 5:00pm on weekdays. There is no permit required from 5:00pm Friday through 7:30am Monday. A $1.00 one-night pass is available in selected lots. More information can be found at the UNC parking website.

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Contact: Martín Wannam,

Image: Ilopango, the Volcano that Left, photograph of the steel sculpture navigating the Hudson River on the J. J. Harvey fireboat, October 27-29, 2023, courtesy of the artist


September 19
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


UNC-CH Art and Art History
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