Sep 19–Dec 28, 2014

Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson: Easternsports

Alex Da Corte & Jayson Musson: Easternsports, 2014, video still, color, sound.
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Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson: Easternsports video stillLongtime friends and first-time collaborators Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson create a major new commission for ICA. Featuring lesser-known strengths in their practices—video for Da Corte and language for Musson—Easternsports is a four-channel, multilingual soap opera starring the artists, both of whom have deep Philadelphia roots. A vignette-driven update of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town—equal parts Peter Greenaway and Jim Henson, David Lynch and Duck Amuck—the work will be presented as an in-the-round video installation. Scripted by Musson and directed by Da Corte, this institutional telenovela will be developed and filmed in the summer of 2014.
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Organized by Assistant Curator Kate Kraczon. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Opening and Walkthrough: Fall 2014Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson in Conversation with Michael SmithScreening at IHP: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her LoverICA Presents: Blue Velvet at the Philadelphia Film Festival2014–15 Exhibitions“Philly artists branch out to collaborate for first time”—Peter Crimmins on Easternsports for WHYYA rapt audience: Penn Art and Culture captures fall 2014 members walkthrough in picturesVICE calls Easternsports “a baroque, surrealist masterpiece”Inspired by Our Town: Huff Post on EasternsportsCultural comedians: Philly.com on EasternsportsPlay Your Stripes: Alex Da Corte and Blood Orange collaborate on a GAP videoInspired by Edna Andrade: The Easternsports aesthetic“Narcissus’ Reflecting Pool” — Easternsports Review in The St.ClaireICA Annual Appeal—support exhibitions with a year-end gift!Video: Dev Hynes performing Easternsports score live at ICA“Philly’s Rock Star of Art:” Alex Da Corte Profiled in Philadelphia Magazine

Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 4:07AM
Opening and Walkthrough: Fall 2014
Books & Editions
Longtime friends and first-time collaborators Alex Da Corte and Jayson Musson created a major new commission for ICA 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 with a score by composer Devonté Hynes. Easternsports is 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. This expansive catalogue includes an essay by ICA curator Kate Kraczon.
$35.00, ISBN 9781942607168
Publication Date
2016
Designer
KARMA
Publisher
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania