Corbett vs. DempseyChicago, IL
Corbett vs. Dempsey is a gallery specializing in Chicago painting, sculpture, and works on paper from 1940 to 1980, as well as contemporary artists who connect, in fact or in spirit, with these lineages.
Since 1988, John Corbett has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC); he was artistic director of Berlin JazzFest 2002 and co-curated the Empty Bottle Jazz Series from 1996 to 2005. Corbett was co-curator of Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun Ra, El Saturn, and Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-1968 (Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, 2006; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2009; Durham Art Guild, Durham, North Carolina, 2009). For over 20 years, Jim Dempsey was the house manager and occasional programmer at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago. Dempsey is an alumnus of SAIC. Together Corbett and Dempsey have been involved in many independent curatorial projects, including Big Picture: A New View of Painting In Chicago (Chicago History Museum, 2007) and Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and his Spheres of Influence (Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, 2010), and, with Juerg Judin, presented Ralph Arnold: My Bag (Nolan Judin, Berlin, 2010).
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