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USF Institute for Research in Art Presents Free Artist Talk at Tampa Theatre

Thursday, August 01, 2019

On Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm, the USF Institute for Research in Art, part of the College of The Arts, is pleased to present Stink! Stank! Stunk!, a free artist talk with celebrated conceptual artist Alex Da Corte.

Da Corte’s work is inspired by American pop culture, and ranges from surreal immersive video and neon installations to wall-based work and inflatable sculpture. He stimulates the collective cultural imagination with colorful characters, products and references from movies, literature, television, mythology and cartoons.

Fresh off recent installations at the 57th Carnegie International and the 58th Venice Biennial, Da Corte will discuss his influences and creative practice.

In support of the USF Institute for Research in Art’s mission to engage the Tampa Bay community through dynamic cultural events and exhibitions with the leading contemporary artists of our time, this program with Alex Da Corte is sponsored by USFCAM Art for Community Engagement (ACE) Fund patrons.

Event Details
Date: Tuesday, September 10
Time: 7pm
Location: Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin Street, Tampa Florida 33602
FREE with RSVP via Eventbrite

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Links to Press and Media about Alex Da Corte

Art 21: 57 Varieties – Da Corte discusses the inspiration and production of Rubber Pencil Devil, an immersive video and neon installation created for the 57th Carnegie International.

The Washington Post – “Making Magic” interview with Alex Da Corte about his creative process.

Garage – “Alex Da Corte’s Neon Ghost House Is the Stuff of Dreams–And Nightmares” interview with Alex Da Corte.

About The Artist, Alex Da Corte

Alex Da Corte was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1980. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale University School of Art. Da Corte was most recently included in La Biennale di Venezia 2019, the international exhibition May You Live in Interesting Times curated by Ralph Rugoff; as well as the 57th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. His most recent solo exhibition was held at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany (2018). Other recent solo exhibitions include Karma, New York (2018); Secession, Vienna, Austria; Art + Practice, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2016); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2015); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014, together with Jayson Musson). Da Corte is the 2019 recipient of the Wexner Center’s Artist Residency Award in Visual Arts.

About the USF Institute for Research in Art

The USF Institute for Research in Art (IRA) is the umbrella organization for the Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio, Public Art program, and Art in Health. Part of the University of South Florida College of The Arts, the IRA is dedicated to an international artists’ residency program that brings to the University and Tampa Bay community today’s most accomplished and influential artists working in the international art arena. Exhibitions, collection development, publication of limited edition graphics and sculpture multiples, commissioned public art works, interdisciplinary arts research, lectures, symposia, workshops and special events are designed to foster awareness about the role of contemporary artists in shaping our culture and society. Participating artists represent the full and diverse spectrum of contemporary art practice including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, photography, electronic media, and performance.