He recounted details about the Center, his contemporaries like Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Burroughs, Charles White and Gordon Parks and reminisced about the 3 floor ballroom where they hosted events, asking was it still in tact.
Cortor, at 99, is the last surviving founder of the SSCAC and is still a practicing artist.
Freeman, curator of African American Art at Swann took Cortor down memory lane during their conversation, discussing in depth his work as a printmaker known for weaving social and political themes into his work.
Cortor was celebrated at the Art Institute of Chicago the night before where he received the Legends and Legacy Award.
Additionally, an exhibit of Cortor’s work was on display at both the Art Institute of Chicago and at the SSCAC.