Dec 16, 2023, 12PM–5PM

Family Photo Day


“Chosen family are the folks that love you undeniably, unconditionally. They don’t come with restrictions or rules.” — David Antonio Cruz 

Grab your chosen family for a day of dress up, play and posing with David Antonio Cruz. Cruz’s monumental portraits center Black, brown, and queer communities in refashioning classical modes of figuration. The art of posing, in particular, is an act of resistance, play, and belonging in many of Cruz’s dreamlike and stylized paintings. Sign up for an opportunity to be posed, styled, and photographed in a display inspired by the artist’s work. 


*Registration for this event has reached capacity. Fill out the form below to be added to our waitlist. Should a slot become available, we will reach out via text*

To sign up for the waitlist, please fill out this google form here. 

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Brittany Clottey at

About the Exhibition

David Antonio Cruz: When the Children Come Home is the first major solo presentation of David Antonio Cruz’s work in Philadelphia—and also the first in his hometown. The artist was born and raised in North Philadelphia by parents who migrated here from Humacao, Puerto Rico. Many of the works included in this exhibition reference sites in Philadelphia that are deeply and personally meaningful to him. The title signifies his collaboration with Monique Long, the exhibition’s curator, and their shared origins in North Philadelphia. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and performances created from 2004 to present, with an installation produced especially for ICA.

This exhibition is curated by Monique Long, guest curator, and organized by Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about the exhibition here.


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, and by Dana McDonald Strong & Mark W. Strong.