I is for Institute

Institute of Contemporary Art

2016
$60,000

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Exhibition view of Amalia Pica’s Memorials for Intersections, Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2013. Photo by Bruno Lopes, courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Exhibition view of Jacopo Miliani’s A Slow Dance Without Name, Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2016. Photo by Bruno Lopes, courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Excursus III: Ooga Booga, screening of Don’t Need You (directed by Kerri Koch-Ramos, 2006, 40 min). Screening was followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and ICA Spiegel Fellow, Grace Ambrose.

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Exhibition view of Iman Issa’s Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places, Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2016. Photo by Bruno Lopes, courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania will investigate the idea of "institutionality" to determine how to dynamically plan for the future and increase audience engagement with the institution and its programs. During a year-long discovery process, ICA will question its past, present, and future, including the Institute's evolution vis-a-vis local, national, and international organizations and artistic practitioners. The multi-part discovery process will include archival research on the founding mission of ICA and its peer institutions, followed by a public survey and interviews with art historians, curators, and artists about the meaning, boundaries, and opportunities inscribed in the word "institute." Collaborations with international consultants will result in pilot residencies at ICA in spring 2017. The findings will be shared through a series of public programs, inviting audience input on how to bring diverse groups into productive engagement with ICA.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.