Institute of Contemporary Art

1/8: Barbara Kasten: Stages, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of ICA.
2/8: Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Photo by Matt Kirkpatrick.
3/8: Ceremonial Metal of Alien Exits, Somos Montros, 2016, Institute of Contemporary Art. Photo by Christopher Andrew McDonald.
4/8: Barbara Kasten, Axis, 2015, video projection, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of ICA.
5/8: Raul de Nieves, The Fool, collaborative performance with Colin Self, part of Issue Project Room Air residency, 2014. Photo by Lucas Blair. Courtesy of ICA.
6/8: Jason Rhoades, Garage Renovation New York (CHERRY Makita), 1993, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media.
7/8: Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Show, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2012. Image courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.
8/8: Sheila Hicks: 50 Years, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2011. Photo by Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media.

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.

References

The Michener Art Museum presents a series of lectures and gallery talks exploring the connections between Sheeler’s experimentations in fashion and the industrial paintings and photographs that established his career.

The second in a series of events programmed around the exhibition Barbara Kasten: Stages, the ICA hosts a conversation with former Memphis Group member Peter Shire, and artist and designer Martino Gamper.

Institute of Contemporary Art chief curator Ingrid Schaffner contextualizes Jason Rhoades’ sprawling work and ambitions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lisa Yancey is an organizational development consultant who specializes in development/fundraising planning, strategic organizational planning, and senior project management for nonprofit arts institutions.

A Fierce Kind of Love, a new play about the fight for disability rights, will be part of a series of public programs meant to generate public discussion beyond the disability community.

The Center’s 2014 Year in Review celebrates a spectacular year of innovative cultural presentations and stimulating discussions.

Asian Arts Initiative hosts a talk featuring Rick Lowe, Emily Chow Bluck, and Aletheia Shin—the team behind the ongoing Center-funded Consumption: A Project on Pearl Street conceived by Rick Lowe.

Grants & Grantees

Theatre Exile explored ways to dramatize the story of Frank Rizzo, a polarizing Philadelphia political icon, with a special emphasis on group discussions with longtime residents of South Philadelphia.

SAADA is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.

Grants & Grantees

Stuart Netsky is a painter, sculptor, and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

On view in late 2013, the Institute of Contemporary Art’s comprehensive survey of Rhoades’ all-embracing vision was organized around four room-sized sculptures dating from 1993 to 2006.

Aviva Kapust on global messages that originate in the local environment.