Oct 6, 2019, 2PM–4PM

Coffee and Conversation: Materializing Absence – Displacement and Trace in Michelle Lopez’s Ballast & Barricades


Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join Francesca Bolfo, Penn History of Art PhD candidate for a conversation inspired by Michelle Lopez: Ballast & Barricades, on view at ICA through May 10, 2020.

The discussion will center around themes of displacement and human trace in Lopez’s towering site-specific installation. Participants will consider how Lopez’s work poetically contemplates the broader socioeconomic processes of urban gentrification and the displacement of local communities. Immersed in the gravity-defying environment of suspended scaffolding and dilapidated construction, participants will reflect on how Lopez harnesses materials and forms to generate a palpable experience of absence and loss without relying on direct representation or figuration.


Support for Michelle Lopez: Ballast & Barricades programming has been provided by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation.

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.


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