Aug 20, 2020, 6PM–7:30PM

In Conversation: Michelle Lopez & Karyn Olivier

Michelle Lopez (left): photo by Katie Glicksberg. Karyn Olivier: photo courtesy of Temple University Photography.

The summer of 2020 will be forever known as a defining moment in America and abroad. A global pandemic and civil unrest have dominated the discourse as those who wield the most power politically, racially, and economically are experiencing a reckoning. Our present condition has further magnified the divide between people, giving credence to the inequities marginalized people face with regards to wealth, income, healthcare, education, housing, and civil liberties. Artists Michelle Lopez and Karyn Olivier contextualize this moment through their respective exhibitions, Ballast & Barricades and Everything That’s Alive Moves. Through the lens of their practices, the two sculptors will engage in a personal conversation that highlights the immediacy of these critical issues.

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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.

Accessibility programming at ICA is supported by the John Alviti Fund for Museum Innovation at the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia.