Carlos Cortéz 100 AÑOS

Opening: Sunday, Aug 13, 2023 2 – 4 pm
Sunday, Aug 13, 2023 – Feb 18, 2024

1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

In celebration of the exhibition and Carlos Cortéz’s birthday, the National Museum of Mexican Art is pleased to announce Carlos Cortéz 100 AÑOS, opening on Sunday, August 13th in the Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery. This centennial exhibition celebrates the legacy of Carlos Cortéz Koyokuikatl (1923-2005), one of Chicago’s most important social justice artists working in the 20th century. Often a poet, often a printmaker, but always an activist, Cortéz’s life’s work uplifted the working class, marginalized communities, and social struggles by depicting scenes of labor disputes, protests, and ignored historical events and individuals.

Join us on Sunday, August 13th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm for the opening day reception, which will include poetry readings, a new print portfolio, a new publication of Cortéz's poems, and birthday cake!

Visit our website to read more about the exhibition and see the list of participating artists.


Image: (Detail) Cortéz in front of his mural, Prevent WWIII, on 18th Street, 1980, gelatin silver print. NMMA Permanent Collection, 2005.967. Gift from the Carlos Cortéz Estate