Rubber Pencil Devil, 2018, aluminum, neon, rubber, automotive paint, velvet, glass, vinyl, foam, hardware, plexiglas, plywood, speakers, monitors, folding chairs. HD Digital video, Runtime: 2 hours, 55 mins, 52 seconds, AP 1 of 2
Alex Da Corte in For a Dreamer of Houses
Dallas Museum of Art
March 15, 2020–January 31, 2021
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201
Alex Da Corte’s reenactment of the Allan Kaprow Happening Chicken, 1962
Levitt Auditorium, Gershman Hall
University of the Arts
401 SO. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Thursday, March 5, 8:00 pm
The happening will take place in the same space it originally scandalized fifty-seven years ago. The performance is free and open to the public.
Words by Rosalyn Drexler
Choreography by Kate Watson-Wallace
Featuring Kristel Baldoz, Melanie Cotton, Danielle Currica, Julia Eichten, Jessica Emmanuel, Ya-ya Failey, Ann-Marie Gover, Imma, Andrew Smith, and Kim Thompson, along with Da Corte and Watson-Wallace. Music composed by Marco Buccelli and Xenia Rubinos, performed with Sunny Ali and Karna Ray.
Alex Da Corte in Critical Dialogue Series
Tyler B04, Tyler School of Art and Architecture
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 pm
Alex Da Corte works across a range of media, including video, performance, installation, painting and sculpture. He regularly combines high-and low-brow American cultural references from branded domestic items to figures from popular culture—to explore and interrogate personal and cultural politics, alienation and the psychological parameters of the human experience.
Alex Da Corte, Rubber Pencil Devil, 2018, video, color/sound, runtime 2:39:22
Radical Acts: Alex Da Corte on Marcel Duchamp
Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
January 30, 2020, 6:30–7:30 pm
Alex Da Corte’s vibrant installations and mesmerizing video works can be found just as readily at major international art ventures, such as the 2019 Venice Biennale exhibition May You Live in Interesting Times, as on an electronic billboard in Times Square, New York. His visually stimulating and intellectually compelling work spans across a variety of media, including video, installation, sculpture, and painting, and takes cues and inspiration from contemporary pop culture. As a self-proclaimed “anthropologist of the immediate past,” he mines everyday objects from consumer culture to transport viewers through otherworldly experiences created with otherwise mundane, familiar images and items. A long-time Philadelphia resident, Da Corte has an extensive, personal history with the Marcel Duchamp galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a connection that becomes clear through the elevated status of the everyday through his work.
As part of an upcoming exhibition in Philadelphia—Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde, which highlights Philadelphia’s artistic accomplishments during the 1960s and ’70s, Da Corte will reinvent Allan Kaprow’s 1962 Happening, Chicken. Happenings grew out of challenges to the categories of art that were initiated by Duchamp and his contemporaries in the early twentieth century. Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde is curated by Sid Sachs and Jennie Hirsh. More information can be found at https://www.uarts.edu/invisiblecity.
“Radical Acts” is a program series explores the legacy of Marcel Duchamp through the lens of contemporary artists working today.
5:30–6:30 pm | Come early to enjoy a happy hour at Dolcezza Café in the Lobby. Drinks for purchase.
6 pm | Doors open to Lerner Room and after-hours access to Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection.
6:30–7:30 pm | On Duchamp: Alex Da Corte: Conceptual artist Alex Da Corte will join Hirshhorn chief curator Stéphane Aquin to unpack the legacy of Marcel Duchamp and new ways of reinvigorating found materials through the lens of his extensive practice and upcoming projects
We encourage you to arrive early. Lerner Room seating is limited. Any open seats may be released to walk-up visitors 10 minutes before the program.
Blue Pencil Drawing (Zinnia Omelette),
Inkjet and White Out on paper, cast polyester resin frame, plexiglass, mat-board, coroplast, wooden
17 3/16 x 14 13/16 in (43.66 x 37.62 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Karma, NY
Alex Da Corte in the Space 1026 Art Auction
Friday, December 13th, 2019
844 North Broad Street
Philedelphia, PA 19130