May 15, 2022, 2PM–4PM

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 the internal/external, artist/art worker, administrator/wage laborer dichotomies that are a part of the exhibition infrastructure.

Join us in-person for a free tour of the RAW Académie at ICA: Infrastructure followed by this in-depth conversation. Seats are limited. Pre-registration is not required.

Please contact Robert Chaney, ICA Interim Director of Public Engagement, at with any questions.


Rudy Gerson is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. Gerson is an Ashkenazi artist-designer using installation and performance to work through violence of modernity and memory in the present.

lexi welch is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. welch uses video, sound, photo, and writing to chase notions of illegiblity and nonlinearity towards messy multiples, impermanent imprints, and troubled surfaces.

Coffee & Conversation

Coffee & Conversation are discussions led by graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania’s History of Art and Weitzman School of Design departments. For the spring exhibition season, this iteration will involve the students working in tandem. Through their unique perspectives as practitioners and researchers, they offer different approaches to consider the various facets that go into the formation of an exhibition and the artist’s process, creating entry points along the way for the audience to be involved in the conversation on a personal level.


Programming at ICA is 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. Public and Student Engagement at ICA is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund, Suzanne Weiss Doft & Jacob W. Doft, Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan, the Nash Family Foundation, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong. Programming support for RAW Académie Session 9: Infrastructure is provided by the Sachs Contemporary Art Fund and the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.