Esperanza Cortés is a Colombian born multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Cortes’s passion for the mosaic of the Americas, its folk art traditions, rituals, music, dance and their ever evolving changes are at the core of her sculptures, paintings, installations, site-specific projects and interventions. Her artwork examines the extent to which a consciousness, national or personal, defines itself through the opposing force of a transcultural experience. The work is poetically and intricately crafted to encourage the viewer to reconsider social and historical narratives especially when dealing with Colonialism and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.
Pop into the Lobby Gallery at Spruce Peak Arts for an apres hangout on Thursdays through March from 3 to 5 pm. Get a drink or a cup of hot cocoa and warm up to the music of Alex’s Galactic Jazz Jam. These events are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required!
The Current is delighted to present a series of artist talks and workshops to complement "Tierra Dentro," Esperanza Cortés’ breathtaking show on view in our gallery. Through these workshops, participants will engage with the exhibition as active participants and students. Beginning with an artist talk and workshop led by Esperanza herself, each class will feature a different skill set used to create the artwork in Tierra Dentro. Join us for these phenomenal workshops and public events, March 23 through March 25. March 23, 2023, 5:30pm: Artist Talk by Esperanza Cortés Gather with us in our gallery space to hear exhibiting artist, Esperanza Cortés, speak about her exhibition "Tierra Dentro." Cortés is a Colombian-born multidisciplinary artist based in New York City whose poetic and intricately crafted sculptural installations and mixed media paintings are inspired by folk art traditions, rituals, music, and dance of the Americas. Through the work, Cortés reconsiders the social and historical narratives of colonialism and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion. March 24, 2023, 10am-12pm: Symbols of LOVE Workshop (Adult + Teen) Following her artist talk on Thursday, March 23, Esperanza Cortés will lead a ceramic workshop at The Current, demonstrating the techniques used to create the intricate flowers and designs that grace her work passed down to her directly from her Colombian mother. March 25, 2023, 10am-12pm: Beaded Embellishments Workshop (Ages 7 to Adult) Multi-media artist Shannon O’Connell guides participants in creating beaded patches and pins in this family-friendly workshop. O’Connell will demonstrate various beaded embroidery techniques as well as tips and tricks for backing and securely attaching your embellished artwork. March 25, 2023, 2pm-4pm: Remembrance Bracelets Workshop (Ages 7 to Adult) Explore themes of identity and memory in Tierra Dentro by creating your own wearable artwork. Guided by Teaching Artist, Shannon O’Connell, participants will design and create multi-strand necklaces or bracelets.
Join us for the Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society’s Season 4 performance: Vienna 19C: Hausmusik, March 25 at 7:00PM! An evening of all Viennese music in true intimate and personal SPCMS fashion! Join us for an intimate apres alternative and make a night of it! The program will consist of: Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor Schoenberg Klavierstücke Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor