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kuntur: sacred geometries, a solo exhibition by william cordova

Thursday, August 16th
Sunday, October 14th

Event Description

University Galleries’ hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

kuntur: sacred geometries presents new and recent works by artist, writer, curator, and educator william cordova. Born in Lima, Peru, and now based in Miami, Lima, and New York, the artist engages with time, displacement, and the histories of places and objects. He cites his particular interest in “reframing history and making the invisible visible” as he interweaves evocative materials—such as gold leaf, feathers, Peruvian cacao, and paint chips reclaimed from a famous 1970s graffiti mural— into richly layered works. cordova describes this exhibition as a “synthesis of Andean and Western architecture, sacred geometries, and historical narratives.” Combining research, travel, writing, drawing, photography, and film, he creates an installation inspired, in part, by the Kuntur (The Condor) constellation. Kuntur was one of the Incan Empire’s “dark constellations,” found in areas of darkness within the Milky Way Galaxy. As the artist points out, “constellations give form to imaginary outlines shared by different cultures at different times and geographical locations.” The exhibition and programming are designed to connect cultures and build a stronger sense of community.

william cordova’s work has been exhibited at prestigious venues including the Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. His works are in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museo de Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Harvard University; and Yale University, among many others. cordova has published numerous essays and curated more than 25 exhibitions. He also volunteers as a visiting artist for various community colleges and mentors students in different cities throughout the United States. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Yale University. He is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and 80M2 Livia Benavides Gallery, Lima, Peru.


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