Institute of Contemporary Art

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Barbara Kasten: Stages, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of ICA.

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taisha paggett, counts orchestrate, a meadow (or weekly practice with breath), 2016, Institute of Contemporary Art. Photo by Stacey MacDonald.

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Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Photo by Matt Kirkpatrick.

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Soap Opera, HARIBO, 2016, Institute of Contemporary Art. Photo by Christopher Andrew McDonald.

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Barbara Kasten: Stages, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of ICA.

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania is widely known for exhibiting artists at critical points in their careers. It organized, for example, the first museum shows on the work of Andy Warhol, as well as Laurie Anderson, Robert Indiana, and Agnes Martin. Among the projects organized with Center support are exhibitions that explore contemporary artists' relationships to craft (Dirt on Delight), architecture (Fertilizers: Olin/Eisenman), and design (Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show). Current and recent exhibitions organized with Center support include Barbara Kasten: Stages, a survey of the work of Chicago artist Barbara Kasten, and Endless Shout, an interdisciplinary, multi-artist project exploring the role of performance in museum spaces. In 2016, ICA received a Center Discovery grant to investigate the concept of "institutionality" to inform future curatorial and programmatic initiatives.