• Alex Da Corte, Chelsea Hotel no. 2, 2010, HD video, color, sound, 3 minutes 4 seconds.

    “Alex Da Corte: Free Roses”

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
    87 Marshall Street
    March 26–April 26, 2016

    Curated by Susan Cross

    Despite a soft-spoken beginning, Alex Da Corte’s practice has become rather spectacular in recent years. His large-scale built environments—think low-end consumer goods encased in high production value—register as an amalgam of an advertising studio, a Christie’s day sale, and a domestic interior designed by an overzealous decorator with Memphis on the mind. Such installations feature everyday objects and artworks by Da Corte and others, as well as replicas of said works. The first institutional survey of the artist’s shape-shifting oeuvre, “Free Roses” will span the past decade of Da Corte’s career, premiere an ambitious new installation, and be accompanied by a catalogue with contributions from Cross and Annie Godfrey Larmon. Considering the peripatetic nature of Da Corte’s output and all it encompasses, lassoing his work into, as the press release promises, a “unified physical, visual, and narrative experience” sounds like an ambitious affair indeed.