William Cordova, Badussy (or macho pichu after dark), 2003, video transferred to digital video, color, sound, 2 minutes 45 seconds.


“William Cordova: Now’s the time—narratives of southern alchemy”

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Blvd.
April 27–October 7, 2018

Curated by María Elena Ortiz

The most prescient work in the 2014–15 Prospect.3 biennial in New Orleans was William Cordova’s staged showdown between the Soul Rebels brass band and the colossal Robert E. Lee statue in the city center. At Cordova’s invitation, the all-black group played loud and proud from a rooftop facing the Confederate general. (A video documenting the event is titled Silent Parade . . . or the Soul Rebels Band vs. Robert E. Lee, 2014.) Three years later, the monument was removed. Silent Parade will be on view at the Pérez Art Museum along with some twenty-five other pieces by the Lima, Peru–born, Miami-based artist, including a selection of films transferred to digital video spanning 1993 to the present and recent sculptures and works on paper in which the artist uses music and pop culture to flag historical injustices. An accompanying catalogue will feature contributions from María Elena Ortiz, Leslie Hewitt, Jeff Chang, and Candice Hopkins.