No. 583: William Cordova, Walter De Maria

Episode No. 583 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist William Cordova and curator Michelle White.

Cordova is featured in “Beyond the Surface: Collage, Mixed Media and Textile Works from the Collection” at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The exhibition is on view through May 14.

Cordova’s work uses a range of media to address and re-make historical narratives. His practice understands that present knowledge of history is always changing, and that artists are part of the process of revising our understandings of the past. Cordova has had solo shows at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and at LAXART in Los Angeles. In 2019 he was included in the Havana Biennial, previously he was included in -ennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in Prague, Venice, and New Orleans (Prospect).

On the second segment, White discusses “Walter De Maria: Boxes for Meaningless Work,” a survey of De Maria’s career drawn mostly from the Menil Collection’s outstanding de Maria collection. The exhibition is on view in Houston through April 23.

Air date: January 5, 2023.

William Cordova, Moby Dick (Tracy) (after ishmael, chico de cano y carl hampton), 2008.

William Cordova, Greatest Hits (para Micaela Bastidas, Tom Wilson y Anna Mae Aquash), 2008.

William Cordova, cumanana (pa’ Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Nicolas Guillen y Alanna Lockward) 2019.

William Cordova, Untitled (Bird in Space for Charlie Parker y Jose Campos Torres), 2010-11.

William Cordova, untitled (geronimo I y II), 2006–14.

William Cordova, untitled (eco de sacsayhuaman), 2009.

Installation view of “Walter De Maria Boxes for Meaningless Work,” Menil Collection, Houston.

Walter De Maria, Statue of John Cage, 1961/84

Walter De Maria, A: Walk to Sign B, B: Walk to Sign A, 1961.

Walter De Maria, Calendar, 1961-75.

Walter De Maria, The Statement Series: Yellow Painting slash The Color Men Choose When They Attack the Earth, 1968.

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