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Beatriz Cortez: The Portals

Fri, May 26th, 2023
10:00 am
- Sun, May 12th, 2024
5:00 pm

Beatriz Cortez’s work comprises simultaneous and converging temporalities, from geologic time to distant futures. Drawing on her own experience of migration and an expansive philosophical framework, her projects trouble anthropocentric perspectives and look to ancient, futuristic, and object-centered models to address the pressing concerns of the moment.   

The Portals is an exhibition in multiple locations that explores alternative genealogies of Williams College. The three outdoor components located on Main Street attend to omissions and erasures in the built environment of the campus. (See map below.) Inside the WCMA Rotunda, the immersive sound installation interrogates the stories that we selectively tell, those we remember, and those we choose to forget. In the adjacent Stoddard Gallery, the artist’s steel structures offer an embrace to two objects that came into WCMA’s collection against their will. 

Stitching together different voices that inhabited the landscape, the installations invite viewers to coexist with various people who have believed in equality, justice, curiosity, diversity, and freedom in the area where Williamstown was created, and also to imagine the cyclical dimension of these struggles that seem to repeat themselves in a nation plagued by inequality.

Curated by Lisa Dorin, Deputy Director for Curatorial Engagement

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