visual arts

Raphael Montañez Ortiz

Distinguished Professor in Visual Arts

Raphael Ortiz has created mixed-media ritual performances and installations for museums and galleries in Europe and Canada and throughout the United States including the Whitney Museum of American Art and MOCA. Ortiz was a participating member of the Destruction In Art Symposium in London in 1966. His video Dance Number 22 won the Gran Prix at the 1993 Locarno International Video Festival of Switzerland.  In October 2013, The Hirshhorn Museum will be hosting Professor Ortiz as a panelist and featured performance artist at their International Performance Art Symposium, “Damage Control.”  His most recent performance was at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

His computer-laser-scratch video works are in numerous collections, including the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany, the Smithsonian, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. His sculptures are included in many museum collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the Whitney Museum of American Art; he has twice been featured in the Whitney Biennial.

Raphael Ortiz was the founder and first director of El Museo Del Barrio in New York City in 1969.