“My current work investigates ideas of perception by dissecting the artifacts of America’s consumer culture. I am looking for something unknown in the face of the familiar.”
Alex Da Corte (b. 1980) scans grocery stores, street corners, and IKEA showrooms to find materials for his assemblages and videos, which utilize everything from food to hardware. “The challenge is to surprise with the familiar,” Da Corte says, “to extract the unnoticed in between spaces of our everyday experiences, turning things on their heads.” Born in Camden, New Jersey, he lived in Caracas, Venezuela until he was eight years old, and then returned to the United States, where he studied at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and received his MFA in sculpture at Yale University. Da Corte began to work in sculpture after he discovered 20th-century artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and Marchel Duchamp, and realized that sculpture could be “soft, drippy, flat, alien, quiet, and surreal.” His works dissect artifacts of American consumer culture—soda, shampoo, beauty projects, and plastic junk—in order to reconfigure them as objects that play with and question our standards, symbols, and traditions. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; PS1 MoMA in Long Island City, NY; Art Basel in Miami; and at solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York City, Paris, Vancouver, and elsewhere. He has had recent solo exhibitions at David Risley Gallery, Denmark in May 2014, and White Cube Gallery in London and Carl Kostyál, Stockholm in June 2014. Da Corte has collaborated with other artists like Borna Sammak—resulting in a September 2013 show on the hoagie at Oko, New York—and emcee Le1f, whose “Hush BB” music video was directed by Da Corte.
Since 2001, Rena Zurofsky has been an independent consultant with three primary areas of specialization: as a strategic planner, a retail planner, and an interim director.
Hilary Harp is a sculptor and installation artist, and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
Bruce Altshuler directs the museum studies program in the Graduate School of Arts and Science at New York University.
The Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts, features The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program, established with arts colonies throughout North America.
One of Philadelphia’s smartest and scrappiest small, no-profit art spaces, Marginal Utility is known for forging long-term commitments with artists.
Pew Fellow Yolanda Wisher leads a workshop exploring creative reflection in conjunction with the Center-funded Elephants on the Avenue, presented by Historic Germantown.
The Galleries at Moore chief curator Kaytie Johnson talks with us about new audience engagement strategies, the importance of making education a participatory experience, and her vision for The Galleries in the years to come.
Founded in 2002 by two composers, Chamber Music Now provided the Philadelphia community with original concert productions.
Janet Goldwater is a media artist and a 2005 Pew Fellow.
The Institute of Contemporary Art plans to organize the first major retrospective to situate four decades of Barbara Kasten’s photography in relationship to other areas of artistic practice.
Cohabitation Strategies and Anthony Smyrski discuss how new understandings of design can better relate to and engage communities.
The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia opened to the public in 1954 and is located in the former home of brothers Philip and Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, international dealers in rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts.