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South Side Community Art Center hosts artist talk featuring Founder’s son

Transcending Time: Works by Eldzier Cortor on display until August 25

PRLog - Aug. 1, 2014 - CHICAGO -- CHICAGO – The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) opened the exhibition Transcending Times: Works by Eldzier Cortor on Sunday, July 27 with a talk featuring the son of the master artist/printmaker and one of the founders of the SSCAC.  Michael Cortor joined Sarah Kelly Oehler, associate curator of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago; Artist Candace Hunter and Rebecca Zorach, professor, University of Chicago for the panel discussion held at the SSCAC.

The reception and talk drew over 150 people to the Center where Cortor’s work will be on display through August 25. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cortor at 98, is still a practicing artist who weaves a social and political vision into his work. Works on display are also for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting SSCAC.

Cortor’s work was described by the panelist as social activism, the influence of which can be traced to current day Chicago artist.  Cortor’s artistic style merges the influences of both traditional African art and European Surrealism and he was among the first artist to prominently incorporate the African American female form into his work.  Cortor’s work was said to be ‘must own’ for many Chicago collectors and is prominently featured in the collection of the Chicago Art Institute, where Oehler will be curating an exhibit of his work in 2015.

Michael said his father reminisces fondly about his time in Chicago that includes being a student at Englewood High School.  He spoke extensively about the intricate carvings Cortor created for his prints, the intricacy of the process and how his father continues to create art with the same attention to detail today.

“Cortor’s work has always been deeply influenced by the social, political and economic challenges of the particular era in which he was creating,” said Sammie Dortch, SSCAC Board President. “The SSCAC is thrilled to display our founders’ work and serve as a catalyst for these relevant conversations.”

During the 1930s, Cortor found work with the Federal Art Project of the WPA, and in 1941, was one of the founding artists of the SSCAC. Cortor exhibited in the 1938 interracial show "An Exhibition in Defense of Peace and Democracy", which was sponsored by the Chicago Artists' Group. In 1940 he was one of the young artists exhibited at "The Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro" in Chicago.

2015 will mark the 75th year of the SSCAC as a community-based art center.  For more information on upcoming shows and the 75 Anniversary, please visit www.sscartcenter.org . Follow the SSCAC on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/southsidecommunityartcenter) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/sscartcenter).

About The South Side Art Center

The SSCAC preserves, conserves, and promotes the legacy and future of African American art and artists while educating the community on the value of art and culture.  SSCAC is the bridge that links the history and future of visual arts through creation, preservation, education, conservation and exhibition. Through its mission and rich history, SSCAC seeks to infuse history into the future of art.

P. Andrews-Keenan

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