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William Cordova

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The title of William Cordova’s exhibition at ThreeWalls, “the house that frank lloyd wright built for atahualpa, fred hampton y mark clark,” was the first clue that I might lack the knowledge necessary to recognize the artist’s varied references. Wright I got, but Atahualpa? Fred Hampton and Mark Clark sounded familiar—but maybe too familiar: They could be any Americans, and my grasp of US history is weak. Further poking around Cordova’s careful arrangement of small found-object sculptures and minimal collages unearthed further doubts: Tupac Shakur is a dead rapper, check, but Tupac Amaru? Who were Francisco Chichima and Bobby L. Rush? What happened at 2337 West Monroe on December 4, 1969, or at Vilcabamba in 1603?

These and other allusions appear cryptically in the individual works’ titles, which are noted on a checklist that also details with great specificity materials both exotic and

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