Public Programs & Livestream: Ilopango, The Volcano That Left

Throughout her practice, Beatriz Cortez considers the experience of migration through the lens of simultaneity, creating a nomadic framework in which her sculptures cross temporal, geographic, and cultural boundaries. The artist asks “Imagine what might happen if everything is on the move? If continents are rafts? If the landscape and the mountains are transforming? If sculptures themselves are on the move?”

steel sculpture evoking a volcano, set against green meadows and trees

Envisioned as part of Cortez’s project at Storm King Art Center, Ilopango, the Volcano that Left will depart the Art Center on a three-day performative journey along the Hudson River to EMPAC–Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, NY where it will be included in the exhibition Shifting Center. A sculptural footprint will be left in its wake on Museum Hill, defining an absence that speaks to Cortez’s ongoing engagement with the potential of impermanence and movement.

The journey will be broadcast live by the presenting partners throughout October 27–29.

Schedule for Volcano Journey
The volcano will leave Storm King on Friday, October 27, traveling up the river aboard the John J. Harvey fireboat to Kingston, where it will dock at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. On Sunday, October 29, it will continue on to Troy’s Federal Lock and Dam, which marks the end of the tidal estuary and the meeting of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers. 

Viewing Locations: Map
As the volcano sails upriver, the public will be able to witness the sculpture from various viewing points along both shores. Visitors are also invited to view the work when it rests for the night at the Maritime Museum in Kingston, and to gather in welcoming the volcano as it passes through the Federal Lock and Dam near The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Viewing Locations: Itinerary

Friday, October 27

1:10PM…Cold Spring Pier, Cold Spring, NY

1:30PM…Donahue Memorial Park, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

2PM……..Unico Park, Newburgh, NY

3PM……..Milton Landing Park, Milton, NY

3:15PM…Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie / Highland, NY

3:20PM…Highland Landing Park, Highland, NY

5PM……..Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY (docking point)

Saturday, October 28

All Day…Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY

The John J. Harvey Fireboat will be docked all day. Visit the museum to board and view the sculpture from 11AM–5PM.

Sunday, October 29

10:40AM…Kingston Point Rail Trail, Kingston, NY

11:05AM…Ulster Landing County Park, Saugerties, NY

11:30AM…George J. Terpening Sr. Memorial Park, Malden, NY

12:10PM…Dutchman’s Landing Park, Catskill, NY

1PM……….Coxsackie Riverside Park, Coxsackie, NY

1:35PM…..New Baltimore Cornell Park, New Baltimore, NY

2:45PM….Albany Corning Preserve, Albany, NY

3:20PM….Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail, Watervliet, NY

3:35PM….Riverfront Park Troy, NY

3:45PM….Federal Lock 1, Erie Canal Lock 1 Troy, NY

4:45PM….Waterford Riverfront Park, Waterford, NY (docking point)

The volcano’s journey is presented in partnership with EMPAC–Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.