Interdisciplinary Cultural Practitioner, Florida and New York
Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the Visual Arts - Class of Spring 2013
William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner living in Miami/New York City. His work is installation based and includes performance, sculpture, film, photography, and drawing. Cordova focuses on architecture, landscapes, and history as a way to reconstruct, reconsider, and reconnect past events to reveal their relevancy in today’s social climate. Creating ephemeral monuments through film, photography, and assemblage Cordova seeks to expand the overall experience of the visual arts as a platform for discussing our common experiences, needs, and struggles.
Cordova graduated with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and went on to earn an MFA from Yale University in 2004. From 1988-1994, he studied Medicine and Psychology at Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FL. Cordova has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Headlands Art Center, Artpace, and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others. He has exhibited in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Harvard University, the Yale Art Gallery, Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais in Portugal, Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, and La Casa de las Americas in Havana, among others.
Cordova was represented in the Museum of Modern Art/PS1 Greater New York exhibition, an overview presentation of contemporary artists whose contributions to the arts have had a significant influence in society. In 2011 Cordova was invited for his first one person museum exhibition in Europe, “yawar mallku: royalty, abductions y exiles” at La Conservera in Murcia, Spain, and also awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. In 2012 he is invited for the forthcoming one person exhibition “smoke signals: viviendo pa’ la ciudad” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA which includes a collaboration with artists Jerome Reyes and Leslie Hewitt.