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Alex Da Corte at MoMA, AIR’s free studios, Gallery 339’s Japan relief, Butch Cordora’s DVD and more news!


Alex DaCorte continues his razzle-dazzle art career when MoMA screens a video of his next week, Thursday, April 14. (Read Annette Monnier’s thoughtful review of Alex’s recent 2-venue show at Bodega and Extra Extra.) He’s one of 10 artists who were invited to create video responses to songs on Leonard Cohen’s 10-song album New Skin for the Old Ceremony, one song per artist.

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Leonard Cohen, Live in London concert

Da Corte’s video is Chelsea Hotel No. 2, and the 10 videos screen in a 38-minute loop that follows the sequence of the songs in New Skin. The project was organized by Cohen’s daughter Lorca Cohen with the Hammer Museum.

Screenings are at 4:30pm, 6:15pm and 7:30pm. Check the MoMA website for more.

40th St. A.I.R. Free studio space for a year–apply now
In exchange for sharing your talents by teaching and exhibiting, 40th Street A.I.R. is offering one year of free studio space at 40th and Chestnut Sts. Applications for the Aug. 25, 2011-Aug. 15, 2012 residencies are due Monday, May 2, 2011. Questions? Email them at

Ceilings are high (approximately 12 feet in some areas); and rooms range from 100-300 square feet. Some areas have ample natural light, while others have none at all (making them ideal as darkrooms). The studios are not furnished and are not for living.

Japanese earthquake relief at Gallery 339

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Tetsugo Hyakutake, Nihonbashi #2, Tokyo, Japan, 2010 Archival Pigment Print

Tokyo artist Tetsugo Hyakutake at Gallery 339 will be selling 8 x 10 inch pigment prints of Japanese street scenes for $100 each, raising funds to help Japan after the triple threat disaster that has devastated the island country. The artist and gallery are donating 100 percent of those proceeds to relief agencies in Japan. Hyakutake’s current show on view at the gallery, Ephemeral Existence, aptly named under the circumstances, is the his first solo with 339.  Tetsugo will speak about the work at the gallery, Saturday, April 9, 1-2pm. The artist reception is Friday, April 8, 6-8 p.m.

Straight and Butch goes straight to DVD

Butch & Straight, several of the photos, like this one, emulate iconic photos by Annie Liebowitz, like this one which uses the John/Yoko pose from the photo shoot the day before John died.

Straight and Butch, the sly and often hilarious documentary that follows the making of a beefcake calendar, featuring TV host Butch Cordora, who is gay, and a lineup of game and nervous straight guys, will be released on DVD April 26 at Breaking Glass Pictures. DVD extras will include “The 13th Photo Shoot” featurette, a blooper reel and a director interview.  You can get it at Amazon April 26 as well.

And the winner is?
We’re dying to know who will win the third annual $25,000 West Prize, and you can find out before you see it on artblog if you go to the party out at SEI April 21, 6-9pm. The winner, selected from a group of 10 finalists, will be announced that day at a cocktail reception and exhibition featuring art by all the finalists, who were chosen from 2,100 international applicants. Unlike other years, these finalists were asked to submit a project proposal on what they would do with the $25,000.  The winning project wins the West Prize for the artist.  Each finalist has been awarded an acquisition grant for their work to become part of the West Collection.

The event is free and open to the public, Thurs. April 21, 6-9pm, at:
The West Collection at SEI
1 Freedom Valley Drive
Oaks, PA 19456