Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media

William Cordova

Discipline: Visual Art – mixed media
Region: Lake Worth, FL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2008

William Cordova is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner born in Lima, Peru. He lives and works in Lima, Miami, and New York City.

Cordova’s work addresses the metaphysics of space and time and how objects change and perception changes when we move around in space. He received a B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 2004.

Cordova has been an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, American Academy in Berlin, Museum of Fine Art in Houston’s CORE program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Artpace, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council among others. He has exhibited in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His work is in the public collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Harvard University, Yale University, Museo de Arte de Lima, Ellipse Foundation in Cascais, Portugal, Perez Art Museum in Miami, La Casa de las Americas in Havana, and others. Cordova was represented in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, 2010 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. Cordova was included in Prospect.3 New Orleans Biennial; 2014 and the 12th Havana Biennial in 2015 at Casa de Africa, Havana, Cuba. In 2016 he was included in SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Southern Accents at Nasher Museum in Durham, NC. In 2017 Cordova was awarded the Michael Richards Artist Award by LMCC, NY and the Florida Prize by the Orlando Museum, Orlando, FL.

Recent solo exhibitions include, kuntur: transmissions & portals, Illinois State University, IL and his first career survey exhibition, now’s the time: narratives of southern alchemy, Perez Art Museum; Miami, FL. Group shows include Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay, Whitney Museum of American Art, and 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba. Forthcoming exhibitions include In Plain Sight at Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington State (2019) and individual exhibitions at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. New York and Galerie Florian Schonfelder. Berlin, Germany (2020).



William Cordova worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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