March 14–August 12, 2012

First Among Equals

The Fist is Still UpJim HodgesPaul ThekBodegaAlex Da CorteExtra ExtraMarginal UtilityKathryn AndrewsP&Co.Machete GroupMateo TannattWu TsangStudio Complex / Heaven's GateSCENE TAKE SIX, Black & WhiteFirst Among Equals VisitorFirst Among Equals 1First Among Equals 2First Among Equals 3First Among Equals 4First Among Equals 5First Among Equals 6

In a moment of unprecedented social connection, how do artists work together outside of their individual practices? Focusing on Los Angeles and Philadelphia, First Among Equals considers the various modes that contemporary artists have developed to work with their peers and reach across generations. Cooperative, if at times contentious, contributions to the show include performance, publications, curatorial projects, and artworks that incorporate the work of other artists. Who comes first in these relationships? By highlighting the dynamics of negotiation, dialogue, influence, contingency, and competition at work in contemporary artistic practice, First Among Equals resists the notion that collaboration equals consensus. First Among Equals draws on the respective communities of the exhibition’s curators. Philadelphia participants include Bodega, Alex Da Corte, Extra Extra, and Marginal Utility and Machete Group. Los Angeles participants include Kathryn Andrews, P&Co., Mateo Tannatt, and Wu Tsang.

Serial KillerBaseball Player, Serial KillerThe Thinker, Serial KillerFir Tree, Serial KillerDownload the Game: Ditto SuiteFirst Among Equals / P&Co.*Begin Where You Are* features work by ICA preparators and artist-alumni“Hooverville Torqued Ellipse”: What’s In StarsSerial Killer: Performance / Sculpture in First Among EqualsStuff to Art: A Conversation with Alex Da CorteMan of Your Dreams: Installing First Among Equals and Stefan Sagmeister The Happy ShowDedication Monuments: Alex Da Corte and First Among EqualsSomething Comes Down, Something New Goes Up: Dog Days at ICAGallery within the Gallery: Marginal Utility in First Among EqualsGuest Post: Q&QWinter Salon: Strange New WorldsThe Golden Jester: A performance/sculpture in First Among EqualsOut of Hollywood: Bennett Simpson on William Leavitt and Kathryn Andrews on HerselfWu Tsang: *WILDNESS* ScreeningBodega: Performance Series with Xavier ChaBodega: Performance Series with Jen RosenblitMachete Group: *Attention*Machete Group: *Unsearchable*Kathryn Andrews: Performative SculptureBodega: Performance Series with Yve Laris CohenMachete Group: *Intention*Free For All: Spring 2012Bodega: Performance Series with Elizabeth OrrOpening and Walkthrough: Spring 2012Bodega: Performance Series with Nick Paparone and Pooneh MaghazeheMachete Group: *Dictionary of the Present*Excursus II: Tea & Conversation: Marina Isgro and *First Among Equals*Opening and Walkthrough: Spring 2012

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