Carlos Cortéz 100 AÑOS
RUBIN & PAULA TORRES GALLERY
OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Open to Public: AUGUST 13, 2023 - FEBRUARY 18, 2024
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART
This centennial exhibition celebrates the legacy of Carlos Cortéz Koyokuikatl (1923-2005), one of Chicago’s most important social justice artists working in the 20th century. Often a poet, often a printmaker, but always an activist, Cortéz’s life’s work uplifted the working class, marginalized communities, and social struggles by depicting scenes of labor disputes, protests, and ignored historical events and individuals.
Carlos Cortéz, an artist, poet, labor journalist, citizen activist, conscientious objector and Elder in his community, would have been 100-years-old in August 2023. He continues to hold an exceptionally dear place in the hearts of many artists and organizers, and in the history of the National Museum of Mexican Art. Cortéz used his printing press, Gato Negro, as a means to communicate messages of justice, activism, and solidarity, while his poetry repeatedly aimed to raise awareness, provoke thought, and inspire action regarding issues of inequality and oppression.
The National Museum of Mexican Art is honored to be the steward of the Carlos Cortéz Archives.
Curated by Cesáreo Moreno
Jesús Acuña, Saúl Aguirre, Atlan Arceo-Witzl, Rene H. Arceo, Carlos Barberena, Arturo Barrera, Margaret T. Burroughs (1915-2010), Carlos Cortéz (1923-2005), Nicolás De Jesús, Héctor Duarte, Mark Ernst, Eric J. García, Eric Gasca, José Luis Gutiérrez, Salvador Jiménez -Flores, Sam Kirk, Edgar López, Faheem Majeed, Cynthia Marris, Nicole Marroquin, Alfredo Martínez Galván, Oscar Moya, Mark Nelson, Antonio Pazarán, Zeke Peña, John Pitman Weber, Eufemio Pulido, Elvia Rodríguez, Favianna Rodríguez, Anna Marie Sánchez Varela, Janet Schill, CHema Skandal!, Diana Solís, Maria Cristina Tavera, Benjamín P. Varela, Salvador Vega, Roman Villarreal, Mirtez Zwierzynski
José “Fugi” Almanza, Sandra Cisneros, Alex “Sunheart” Galindo, J. Gómez, Allan Lee Koss, Mimi Rivera, Jeffry D. Scott, Gordon Wagner.