Armando Guadalupe Cortés

A sculptural cockfighting ring exploring spectacle and its denial

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About this commission

Armando Guadalupe Cortés’s sculptural installation Palenque takes the form of the skeletal support structure found beneath the bleacher-like seating of a palenque, or a round cockfighting ring. Created without the central stage where the fighting typically takes place, the sculpture invites audiences to direct their attention to the periphery of the arena instead. Cortés’s work as an artist contrasts and hybridizes forms and methods from Latin American traditions, in particular from his native Mexico, with elements from his life in the United States. Palenque continues this exploration of hybridity, touching on the relationship between animals and humans, the movement of people and materials across time and borders, religious syncretism, and the use of cultural hybridity as a survival mechanism.

Get to Know the Artist

A portrait of artist Armando Guadalupe Cortés, a Mexican man who poses with arms crossed in his lap, facing us. Armando wears his dark hair in two long braids that hang down over either shoulder and wears a light blue button down shirt buttoned to the collar. Photo by Dana Golan
Photo: Dana Golan.
Armando Guadalupe Cortés
Armando Guadalupe Cortés
Armando Guadalupe Cortés was born in Urequío, Michoacán, México, and was raised in Wilmington, California. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He attended UCLA (BA 2012) and Yale School of Art (MFA 2021). He has exhibited at the Craft Contemporary (Los Angeles), Space One (Seoul), and White Cube (London, digital exhibition) amongst other venues. Recent projects include Castillos (2021, Mass MOCA) and ¿Y la Gente? (2020, Arizona State University Art Museum). He was a Franklin Furnace Fellow (2021 – 22) and the Saint Elmo Fellow and Artist in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin (2021 – 22).

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