“One Question” with Miguel Cortez, founder of project space Antena

Miguel Cortez is an artist/curator living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied filmmaking at Columbia College and art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently runs Antena, an alternative art space located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. His artwork has been shown at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Krannert Museum and at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Other shows included exhibits in Dallas at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery and at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia.

Neoteric Art: What inspired you to start Antena?

Miguel Cortez: I have been organizing art exhibits since 1998 and was part of an art collective called Polvo. We ran an art space from 1999-2007, so after that closed I decided to continue and opened my own space called Antena in 2008. I’ve always felt the city lacked experimental contemporary art spaces and this is the main reason I still do what I do. Antena focuses more on new media art, video and installation projects and gives the artists freedom to alter the space as long as they return it to its original look once their show ends.