Jan 19, 2021
In Conversation: Susie Ibarra and Will Calhoun
Moderated by Jake Nussbaum
Rhythm is literally and figuratively at the heart of Milford Graves’s practice. Using a device known as an electronic stethoscope, Graves was able to hear and record the different patterns produced by each heartbeat, translating these vibrations into audible frequencies that he called heart music. Of course what he is best known for are the…
Jan 18, 2021
In Conversation: Rhea Combs + Greg Tate
Milford Graves’s visual and sonic transmissions have shaped and been influenced by Black traditions rooted in Afro-Caribbean culture. Each aspect of his performances, from the guttural sounds that emerge from his diaphragm to the elastic ways he bends and shifts his lithe body, function as gestural forms of communication with the ancestors. Ars Nova Workshop…
Jan 18, 2021
In Performance: Jason Moran
Online Premiere
On March 23, 2018, jazz luminaries Milford Graves and Jason Moran mesmerized the audience at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee with their improvisational performance. It was the first collaboration between the two artists who push beyond the margins set by the artform that has defined their careers. Despite their thirty-four year age difference,…
Jan 18, 2021
Bunny Hop
ICA is pleased to partner with West Philadelphia-based organization Bunny Hop. Founded by chefs and activists Jena Harris and Katie Briggs, Bunny Hop has been distributing free prepared food, produce, groceries and household items each week since April. On every Monday, ICA will be serving as a distribution site, providing a safe heated location throughout…
Dec 23, 2020
Visiting Hours: January
For everyone’s health and safety, we’ve made some changes and are limiting capacity. Entry is by timed ticket only. Schedule your visit for January below. Before scheduling your visit, please make sure to read our latest safety protocols and guidelines.
Dec 21, 2020
Coffee & Conversation: Milford’s Garden
“If you’re to be a master drummer, you have to know about herbs.”- Milford Graves Graves was introduced to botany by his grandfather, who used roots and herbs to make home remedies and teach self-reliance in his community. After inheriting his grandparents’ home, Graves developed a “global garden” in the backyard, mixing together plants he…
Dec 4, 2020
In Conversation: Jake Meginsky & Ashley Clark
Milford Graves has had an indelible impact on the lives of artists from a variety of disciplines, including filmmaker and composer Jake Meginsky. In 2018 Meginsky directed and produced the award-winning feature film, Milford Graves Full Mantis. The documentary is an intimate look at Graves’s life as a percussionist, researcher, performer, and teacher. In October…
Nov 23, 2020
Documentary History Project for Youth Premiere
Join Scribe Video Center and ICA in recognizing the cinematic accomplishments of the 2020 Documentary History Project for Youth, an annual digital media production workshop for local middle and high school students. For this iteration of the program the filmmakers examined leadership, documenting the different ways it appears in our homes, schools, churches, and other…
Nov 20, 2020
Milford Graves: A Music-Coloring Deal
The ICA Student Board and Penn Records present Milford Graves: A Music-Coloring Deal, in conjunction with the exhibition Milford Graves: A Mind-Body Deal. Tune in and listen to musical performances by current and former Penn students, organized by Penn Records. While you listen, de-stress with your very own Graves-inspired coloring book, created by the ICA…