Alex Da Corte: A Love Letter

April 1, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Cochrane-Woods Art Center, 2nd Floor

*Installation Temporarily Closed*

As of Friday, April 5, this installation is temporarily closed. We will update you as soon as possible. 

Alex Da Corte: A Love Letter features a site-specific installation of Alex Da Corte’s early video Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (2010). Created immediately after graduating from the Yale School of Art where he studied closely with Jessica Stockholder, the work is marked by her influence in its attention to everyday objects, skillful use of color, and multi-dimensional approach to painting. Created on a shoestring budget, the video features the artist’s hands slowly manipulating affordable foodstuffs and everyday objects he trash-picked or found in secondhand stores. Da Corte, who lives and works in Philadelphia, called the work a “manifestation of all my thoughts borne out of Jessica’s pedagogy,” dubbing it, “a love letter.” The video is formally titled Chelsea Hotel No. 2 for another love letter of sorts—the Leonard Cohen song that provides its soundtrack. Chelsea Hotel No. 2 showcases the artist at an important transitional moment. Though his subsequent works became more technically ambitious and visually refined, they continue to display Stockholder’s enormous impact.

Curators

Alex Da Corte: A Love Letter is curated by Jenny Harris, Clara Nizard, Michael Stablein, Jr., and Owen Hoffer. Installation fabrication by Egon Schiele.

Accessibility

CWAC Exhibitions is committed to accessibility for all our exhibitions. However, the second floor of the Cochrane-Woods Art Center is accessible only by stairs. To request an accommodation or alternative format, please email visualresources@uchicago.edu.

Jessica Stockholder: For Events

Alex Da Corte: A Love Letter is presented as a satellite installation in conjunction with the exhibition Jessica Stockholder: For Events. On the occasion of Stockholder’s retirement from the Department of Visual Arts, each installation celebrates her work as an artist, teacher, and collaborator with works she made or inspired.