New Orleans/New WaveA Celebration of the Life of Diego Cortez Jan 23, 2022 Diego Cortez was an influential figure in the international art world. He pioneered New York City’s downtown art and music scenes. In 1981, Cortez curated a massive exhibition, New York/New Wave, which featured dozens of artists and brought the 20-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat to public renown.
New Orleans/New Wave is an homage to the prolific curator and the 1981 P.S.1 show. Featuring New Orleans-based artists whose careers Cortez helped cultivate.