Alex Da Corte: Chicken

Edited by Alex Da Corte, Karen Kelly, Barbara Schroeder
Text by Erica Battle and Amanda Sroka, David Breslin, Rosalyn Drexler, Kim Nyugen, William Pym, Sid Sachs, et al.
Design by Leftloft
140 pages, 100 images, hardcover, 7 ¾ x 9 ¾ inches
Distributed by D.A.P.
ISBN: 978-17336889-9-4


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Documentation and testimony from Da Corte’s 2020 reinvention of a classic 1960s happening

In early March 2020, on the cusp of the COVID-19 shutdown, an audience gathered to witness a reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s happening, Chicken, by Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte (born 1980). Performed at the site of Kaprow’s original—the Gershman Y at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia—Da Corte’s first live performance reimagined Kaprow’s chaotic event, which had been orchestrated in 1962 under the auspices of the first Pop art exhibition on the East Coast. While the focus of activity for the performers of Kaprow’s Chicken involved the hawking of live and boiled chickens and their eggs, Da Corte’s performers frantically peddled exquisite yellow orbs made from a variety of materials that represented the moon.
Including sketches and reproductions of the objects and costumes constructed for Da Corte’s revision, as well as performance images, scripts, essays, and personal accounts reflecting on the event’s impact and significance over the ensuing year, this publication becomes a living document of a moment in time.

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