PLATFORM CSU ConSortiUm Guest Speakers Event: A Conversation with Artist Beatriz Cortez & Curator Erin Christovale

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Artist Beatriz Cortez in conversation with Erin Christovale, Assoc. Curator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Thursday, September 24, 5:30 p.m. - Live via Zoom -
Hosted by Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Long Beach, and CSU Northridge

To register for the Zoom webinar please visit:


 Carolyn Cole, LA Times
Artist Beatriz Cortez. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth
and Council. Photo credit: Carolyn Cole, LA Times.

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 Espana de El Salvador; Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California; and Museo Municipal Tecleno, 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 Bogota, Colombia; Utopian Imagination at the Ford Foundation Gallery, New York; Paroxysm of Sublime at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; Ingestion at TEORe/Tica in San Jose, 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.
Visit her website at https://beatrizcortez.com/

 Paley Fairman
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.



The newly formed ConSortiUm, a collaborative project of art museums and galleries from the California State University (CSU) system, is pleased to announce a virtual event series that actively engages students, faculty, staff, and communities through visual arts-based dialogue. The inaugural program, PLATFORM, will launch in September 2020 and include six live virtual conversations with contemporary artists, collectives, and curators whose work is critical to current re-imaginings of the art world and the world at large.

All events will be presented live via Zoom with access for all CSU campuses. Recordings of the events will be available for post live-stream viewing and archived by the sponsoring institutions. These events are free and open to the public.

The first event will take place Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. and brings together artist Beatriz Cortez in conversation with curator Erin Christovale. Cortez is a multidisciplinary artist originally from El Salvador and currently based in Los Angeles. Her work explores life in different temporalities and versions of modernity through memory, loss, experiences of migration, and the aftermath of war. In 2019, she was awarded the inaugural Frieze Arto LIFEWTR(R) Sculpture Prize to create a sculpture for Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, where the commissioned sculpture was inaugurated on September 1, 2020. Cortez teaches in the Department of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge.

Press Release [PDF]


Artwork by Beatriz Cortez

 Scott Lynch, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY.
Beatriz Cortez, Tzolk'in I, 2018. Steel, motor, battery, timer, solar panel, acrylic, and lacquer marker. 132 x 64.5 x 64.5 inches. Commissioned by Clockshop. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Scott Lynch, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY. 

Tzolk'in is a sculpture in two parts commissioned by Clockshop the Hammer Museum as part of the Made in L.A. 2018  biennial. Inspired by the ancient Maya 260-day calendar for agriculture, the gears in this sculpture follow a hypocycloid motion, marking time through a movement that is at once circular and linear.


 Casey Kelbaugh / Frieze.
Beatriz Cortez. Glacial Erratic (north view daytime), 2020. Commissioned by Frieze LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Steel. 9.5 x 9 x 7 feet. Photo: Casey Kelbaugh / Frieze.

In 2019, Beatriz Cortez was announced as the winner of the inaugural Frieze Arto LIFEWTR® Sculpture Prize: a new large-scale outdoor commission by an emerging artist. The prize enables an artist to create a new work unveiled as part of Frieze Sculpture at Rockefeller Center, New York: a program of works by leading international artists, curated by Brett Littman this work was inaugurated on September 1st and coincides with Frieze New York. 

Cortez’s sculpture evokes a glacial erratic rock, similar to the numerous glacial erratics that define the landscape of New York City. The sculpture will age as the weather and atmospheric conditions change, inviting the viewer to consider the lengths of time that are marked by the motions of the planet, the ways in which non-human worlds with different temporalities exist all around us, as well as the ways in which matter is marked by its placement and its interactions with the world. Exposed to the elements and human traffic while marking different temporalities the artwork makes visible the planetary nature of ancient migration. 


See the video recording for this event here!

Press Release for Inauguration of Beatriz's Prize Artwork

Beatriz's Award Announcement