Diego Cortez

Diego Cortez (born James Curtis in 1946 in Geneva, Illinois) is an American art curator closely associated with the no wave period in New York City. In 1981 he curated the art show New York/New Wave.

BiographyEdit

Curtis was born in Geneva, Illinois in September 1946, and grew up in Wheaton, Illinois. In 1973, he adopted the artist pseudonym Diego Cortez. That year he earned a M.F.A. in film, video, and performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Later that year he moved to New York and in 1978 co-founded the Mudd Club.[1]

He has worked as studio assistant to Dennis Oppenheim and Vito Acconci, has performed with Hermann Nitsch and is a founding member of Colab (Collaborative Projects).[2][3]

The term No Wave became used in downtown New York City concurrent with the 1981 show entitled New York/New Wave that Cortez organized for MoMA PS1.[4]

Diego Cortez was the NYC production advisor to Brian Eno on the no wave record No New York that appeared on Island Records.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Boch, Richard.The Mudd Club, Feral House, 2017, p. 18
  2. ^ Hager, Steve. Art After Midnight: The East Village Scene. St. Matins Press, 1986. p. 26
  3. ^ Alan W. Moore and Marc Miller, eds. ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery New York: ABC No Rio with Collaborative Projects, 1985
  4. ^ Pearlman, Alison, Unpackaging Art of the 1980s. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2003
  5. ^ Masters, Marc. No Wave. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007

SourcesEdit

  • Boch, Richard.The Mudd Club. Feral House, 2017.
  • Hager, Steve. Art After Midnight: The East Village Scene. St. Matins Press, 1986.
  • Masters, Marc. No Wave. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-906155-02-5
  • Moore, Alan W., and Marc Miller (eds.). ABC No Rio Dinero: The Story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery. New York: Collaborative Projects, 1985
  • Pearlman, Alison, Unpackaging Art of the 1980s. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2003.
  • Reynolds, Simon. "Contort Yourself: No Wave New York." In Rip It Up and Start Again: Post-punk 1978–84. London: Faber and Faber, Ltd., 2005.
  • Taylor, Marvin J. (ed.). The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974–1984, foreword by Lynn Gumpert. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-691-12286-5

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