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

Grants & Grantees

In 2010, with Center support, Philagrafika—an organization dedicated to contemporary printmaking—organized a massive multi-venue festival.

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Questions of Practice

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