9045 Lincoln Blvd (Galef Lobby outside Ben Maltz Gallery)
Dates: November 4-December 14, 2017
Opening reception: November 4, 2017
In this exhibition Beatriz Cortez engages with the life and work of Paul Popenoe, former secretary of the Human Betterment Foundation, an institution founded to further eugenic ideas in the 1930s in Pasadena, California. After WWII, Popenoe continued with his eugenics agenda under a different front, The National Family Defense Fund, the first marriage counseling institution of Los Angeles, which was meant to ensure that those he believed to be the fit, would remain married and reproduce.
Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza
Commonwealth & Council
3006 W 7th St #220
Los Angeles CA 90005
Dates: January 20 — March 3, 2018
Opening reception: January 20, 2018
Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza’s collaborative exhibition at Commonwealth and Council engages with immigrant labor as a metaphor for the construction of a future where multiple imaginaries of gender, race, class, and culture are made possible. In this exhibition, the artists explore the potentialities contained in a time when tomorrow has passed—a temporality built in the future perfect tense in which a collective nomadic subjectivity can flourish.
Image Credit: Beatriz Cortez, Untitled (from the series Our Roots), 2014.