May 24, 2022
The Passion of Remembrance
Shifting between real and mystic landscapes, Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien create a visual mosaic in The Passion of Remembrance to signify the complexity of the black British experience and the often-overlooked intersections between race, class, gender and sexuality. Guest speakers Karen Alexander, Independent Curator and Writer Louis Massiah, Documentary Filmmaker and Founder/Director of Scribe…
May 24, 2022
Territories and Who Killed Colin Roach?
Isaac Julien’s Territories (1984, 26 minutes) uses experimental forms to look at life in Britain in 1984, focusing on the experience of the Black British. The film recognises that the different power dynamics that determine this experience are difficult to reduce to straightforward explanations and instead uses the term ‘territories’ to reflect the multiple agendas…
May 24, 2022
Looking for Langston
Looking for Langston (1989, 46 mins.) is a lyrical exploration–and recreation–of the private world of poet, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) and his fellow black artists from the Harlem Renaissance. Shot in sumptuous monochrome, Looking for Langston is a lyrical exploration – and recreation – of the private world of poet, social…
May 10, 2022
Coffee & Conversation: Exhibition Infrastructure
How can we rethink practices of labor and its social distribution in the context of an art museum? In the final Coffee & Conversation of the season University of Pennsylvania graduate students Rudy Gerson and lexi welch continue the conversation in RAW Académie at ICA: Infrastructure engaging the audience in an open dialogue collectively examining…
Apr 28, 2022
Digital Freedom Dreams: Experiment in Future Fugitivity
Do you dream of true freedom and liberation? How can art and speculative fiction function as a mechanism towards these dreams? And how can history inform the process? Let’s dream and consider the possibilities. Digital Freedom Dreams (DFD) is a historical and future-oriented speculative exercise and Virtual Reality (VR) experience that explores Sankofa (lit. “Go…
Apr 1, 2022
In Performance: Jason Moran
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,…
Apr 1, 2022
In Conversation: Ulysses Jenkins + Maren Hassinger + Senga Nengudi
Collaborative exchanges have been a significant part of Ulysses Jenkins’s practice, most notably his interventions with artists Maren Hassinger and Senga Nengudi. His 1984 performance piece, Without Your Interpretation, which is also the title of his ICA retrospective, is one example of the numerous projects the trio worked on early in their careers. Watch Jenkins,…
Apr 1, 2022
Unknown Parallels with Taji Ra’oof Nahl
Watch Philadelphia-based artist Taji Ra’oof Nahl, whose work has connections with Ulysses Jenkins on many levels: a rich understanding of collaboration, utilization of video, historical indexing, and reenactment as practice. The conversation connects Jenkins’s and Nahl’s interdisciplinary work, their use of video editing techniques, staging of art happenings, documentation, and social commentary. Moderators are Penn…
Apr 1, 2022
Adèle Naudé Santos and Na Kim in Conversation
Watch architect Adèle Naudé Santos and designer Na Kim in conversation with ICA Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Curator Alex Klein to ruminate on where their practices connect in Santos’s original design of ICA’s building. Kim, who often works with found compositions she encounters in everyday objects, was inspired by Santos’s desire to…
Apr 1, 2022
Arthur Jafa: Life as a Cactus vs. Now, Entering the Infrastructure
Arthur Jafa discusses the relationship between artists and the larger art infrastructure, drawing on his experiences as an artist and filmmaker navigating art institutions such as museums and galleries, while also working within and around the commercial film industry. Arthur Jafa (b. 1960, Tupelo, Mississippi) is an artist, filmmaker and cinematographer. Across three decades, Jafa…