Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, IL

David Hartt and Karthik Pandian will discuss new work currently in two concurrent exhibitions in Chicago that both engage various strategies and critiques of 1960s avant garde architecture, art, and design practices with curator Hamza Walker. The discussion will focus on the shared strategies and critiques of 1960s avant garde architecture, art, and design practices in the work of David Hartt and Karthik Pandian.

Click here for more information and to RSVP for this free event.

Corbett vs. Dempsey & PictureBox, Inc. presents–Tue, April 30, 2013, 7pm

Slide show and conversation between John Corbett and David Grubbs.
David Grubbs will follow with a short solo set.
Blonde Art Books
92 St. Nicholas Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11237

FREE PERFORMANCE: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 9pm, Galerie Gisela Capitain, St. Apern Straße 26, Cologne

COLOGNE: Please join Galerie Gisela Capitain (Cologne), Corbett vs. Dempsey (Chicago), and David Nolan Gallery (New York) for a solo concert featuring saxophonist Mats Gustafsson.  Gustafsson, a Swede now based in Vienna, is currently featured on the cover of Wire magazine, which says:  Since the late 1980s, he has pushed outward in ever widening circles, bridging a surging intensity and energy to collaborations with jazz and improv heavyweights like Peter Brötzmann and Evan Parker, as well as forging strong links with rock and post-rock outfits such as Sonic Youth and The Ex.

In this rare solo outing, Gustafsson will perform free improvisations as well as compositions by Duke Ellington, a nod at the maestro whose 1939 passport will be on view at Corbett vs. Dempsey’s booth during Art Cologne.



FREE PERFORMANCE: Saturday, April 13, 2013, 3:00pm

CHICAGO: New York clarinetist and saxophonist Ned Rothenberg has been a major force in American creative music for three decades.  Off the scene after a terrible bicycle accident in 2010, Rothenberg has returned to top form, continuing his meticulous and far reaching exploration of the sonorities and potentialities of reed instruments.  This rare solo concert is also part of a special clarinet event with James Falzone’s Renza Ensemble, Thursday, April 11, at the Chicago Cultural Center.

His solo outings have a near religious focus to them. You’ll be entertained – his improvs are compelling on many levels. And you’ll understand how dedication to craft can nurture larger questions of art and approach.
— Jim Macnie, Village Voice

(Photo, above:  David Agasi)


FREE PERFORMANCE: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 2:00pm

CHICAGO: One of the central figures of the burgeoning improvised music scene in Amsterdam, Ab Baars has forged a unique voice on tenor saxophone and clarinet. Indeed, on the latter he is arguably among the most important contemporary practitioners, having distilled vocabulary from John Carter and Von Freeman, and an approach to improvising and composing no doubt influenced by the don of New Dutch Swing, Misha Mengelberg. Baars is in Chicago performing with Mengelberg’s ICP Orchestra, but at Corbett vs. Dempsey he will offer an unaccompanied set on clarinet, rare treat for lovers of the licorice stick!

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COLOGNE – Corbett vs. Dempsey’s booth exhibition at Art Cologne 2013 is titled Scar, Left Cheek, after a descriptive line in Duke Ellington’s c.1939 passport, which will be on display. The year 1939 was very good for the American bandleader, pianist and composer Duke Ellington. He was at the helm of one of the finest ensembles, the legendary Blanton-Webster band, with revolutionary bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. In that same year, Ellington began his long association with Billy Strayhorn, who came up with the signature composition “Take the A Train” in their first season working together. Ellington’s passport is a schematic diary of the period, showing him touring Europe even as war was brewing. The orchestra was not permitted to perform in Germany on the 1939 European tour — jazz was banned by the Nazi government — and Ellington’s train was detained for hours in Hamburg, en route to performances in Sweden.

In keeping with the photographic theme of the passport, Corbett vs. Dempsey’s booth will have a selection of vintage photographs and photo-prints by Ralph Arnold, Weegee (Arthur Fellig, Jr.), Walter Hamady, Clarence John Laughlin, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard.

We will present a new series by Arturo Herrera (a set of ten silkscreened and altered books), new large paintings by Joyce Pensato and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, and a selection of vibrant and fantastical drawings by Karl Wirsum. We will also show three films never before screened in Germany, all with jazz soundtracks, by Christopher Wool, Cauleen Smith, and David Hartt respectively.

Art Cologne runs from April 19–22, 2013. A full-color, 28-page, passport-inspired publication will be available at the booth.




TOP: Detail of Duke Ellington’s c.1939 passport, BOTTOM: Karl Wirsum, Untitled, 2000, colored pencil and graphite on paper, 18 x 29 inches

Installation shots (below)

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