Eldzier Cortor, Jan. 10, 1916 - Nov. 26, 2015

Eldzier Cortor in his studio, 1995. Eldzier Cortor papers, circa 1930s-2009. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian InstitutionA memorial tribute for Eldzier Cortor will be held on December 21, 2015, beginning at 3:30, at the Frank Campbell Funeral Home on Madison and 81th Street in New York City.  Scheduled speakers: Teresa A. Carbone, Diane Dinkins Carr, SCAC board member; David Driskell, Corrine Jennings, Harmon and Harriet Kelley, Mark Pascale and Michael Rosenfeld.

At the time of his transition, Eldzier Cortor was painting and looking forward to receiving attending a June 2016 garden party at artist Faith Ringgold’s home. At the party, he was to receive the lifetime achievement award of Ringgold’s Anyone Can Fly Foundation.

In planning to announce the award, the IRAAA was in touch with Cortor’s son, Michael. Now, we have followed up with Michael Cortor and are getting information and images to augment the public, biographical record on this artist.  The IRAAA+ article on the life, work and times of Eldzier Cortor will be published in 2016.