Published by Dancing Foxes Press. Edited by Alex Da Corte, Karen Kelly, Barbara Schroeder. Text by Erica Battle and Amanda Sroka, David Breslin, Rosalyn Drexler, Kim Nyugen, William Pym, Sid Sachs, et al.
In early March 2020, on the cusp of the COVID-19 shutdown, an audience gathered to witness a reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s happening, Chicken, by Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte (born 1980). Performed at the site of Kaprow’s original—the Gershman Y at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia—Da Corte’s first live performance reimagined Kaprow’s chaotic event, which had been orchestrated in 1962 under the auspices of the first Pop art exhibition on the East Coast. While the focus of activity for the performers of Kaprow’s Chicken involved the hawking of live and boiled chickens and their eggs, Da Corte’s performers frantically peddled exquisite yellow orbs made from a variety of materials that represented the moon. Including sketches and reproductions of the objects and costumes constructed for Da Corte’s revision, as well as performance images, scripts, essays and personal accounts reflecting on the event’s impact and significance over the ensuing year, this publication becomes a living document of a moment in time.
Published by Karma, New York. Text by Eugenia Collier, Tausif Noor, John Canemaker.
Published for Alex Da Corte’s (born 1981) 2019 solo exhibition with Karma Gallery, this volume features the eponymous short story by Eugenia Collier, as well as two newly commissioned texts by writer Tausif Noor and animator and historian John Canemaker.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Claus Due, William Pym. Text by Hilton Als, Charlie Fox, Martine Syms, William Pym, Moritz Wesseler.
This book exhaustively documents Philadelphia-based installation artist Alex Da Corte’s (born 1980) preoccupation with the musician Eminem across four exhibitions. From Detroit to Cologne, from an artist-run space to a major international museum, Da Corte’s work parallels Eminem’s career through his thirties, reappearing, evolving alongside America, explaining more of himself each time. Eminem’s place in culture and his role in Da Corte’s practice, as well as the larger story of American identity, is explored through recent and commissioned essays by Hilton Als, Charlie Fox, William Pym, Martine Syms and Moritz Wesseler, as well as manipulated found texts and an extensive Q&A with Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth, whose 1982 work Andy Warhol Eating a Hamburger strongly informs the discussion. True Life is both an uncompromising reference book and a work of fantasy.
Philadelphia-based Alex Da Corte’s (born 1980) new publication takes its name from the pre-Revolutionary tavern that stands in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district. Using the “privy,” an archeological pit located near the A Man Full of Trouble tavern, as inspiration, Da Corte presents the world within such a portal; a place where memories, objects, past and present aggregate and reconstitute.
Published by ICA Philadelphia/Karma, New York. Text by Kate Kraczon.
Longtime friends and first-time collaborators Alex Da Corte (born 1980) and Jayson Musson (born 1977) created a major new commission for ICA Philadelphia in 2014. Nearly two and a half hours in length, this in-the-round video installation was scripted by Jayson Musson, directed by Alex Da Corte, and scored by composer Devonté Hynes. Easternsports is an amorality tale for the digital age. Both deadly serious and heartbreakingly flippant, it embraces Gap commercials and grand jury rulings, middle-class aspirations and global imperialism. And it transforms a decade-long conversation between Musson and Da Corte into a work awash in the neon glow of their American milieu.