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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Alex Da Corte

121 Hanes Art Center

Alex Da Corte explores the nuances of contemporary life in his videos, installations, paintings, and sculptures, which are often united together in richly-hued, dreamlike environments. With a keen attention to color and form, Da Corte draws from a wide range of sources, including popular and consumer culture, art history, and modern design. Throughout his artistic practice, figures such as Eminem, Allan Kaprow, and the Wicked Witch of the West stand on equal footing alongside objects both commonplace and fantastic. Touching upon notions of identity, intimacy, and taste, Da Corte’s work reimagines the familiar in wholly unexpected ways.

Alex Da Corte (b. 1980) was born in Camden, New Jersey, and lives and works in Philadelphia. His work was included in the 2019 Venice Biennale and the 2018 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. Past one-person exhibitions include the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Secession in Vienna, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, and the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne. Da Corte was selected for the 2021 Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. “Mr. Remember,” a solo survey exhibition spanning 20 years of work, opened in 2022 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark.

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students.  The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

A weeknight or daytime permit is now required after 5:00pm on weekdays. There is no permit required from 5:00pm Friday through 7:30am Monday. A $1.00 one-night pass is available in selected lots. More information can be found at Weeknight Parking.

Students can get Campus Life Experience credit by attending this lecture.

Artist website: http://alexdacorte.com

Contact: Jim Hirschfield, jhirschf@email.unc.edu

Image credit: Alex da Corte, As Long As the Sun Lasts, the 2021 Roof Garden Commission, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2021. Photo by Anna-Marie Kellen

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