Oct 3, 2022
ICA and Stuart Weitzman School of Design Lecture Series: Ryan McNamara
The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to present an artist lecture and conversation with Ryan McNamara on his interdisciplinary practice that intersects choreography, digital culture, and theater into performance. This free public lecture is part of a series that gathers distinguished artists,…
Sep 30, 2022
Paint the Dance Floor
Join us for the in-person return of Paint the Dance Floor – a night of drinks, dancing and art! A DJ will be spinning your favorite hits from the ‘90s and today! The party is free for ALL and is open to Penn alumni and non-alumni alike! Paint the Dance Floor is presented by ICA,…
Sep 15, 2022
Sissel Tolaas: RE_________ Reading List
As a self-described “in-betweener”, Sissel Tolaas’ practice is a meeting of art and science. Using smell to explore memory, identity, and how we perceive and respond to the world around us, Tolaas has amassed a database of more than 10,000 molecules over twenty-five years. Her current, site-specific ICA exhibition, RE_________, comprises of 20 works, or…
Sep 6, 2022
Curator-Led Tour: Sissel Tolaas: RE_________
Join artist and smell researcher Sissel Tolaas and Zoë Ryan, ICA’s Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director for an in-depth look into the evolution of the exhibition RE_________. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the overarching themes in key works and broader contexts of the exhibition and to hear more about Tolaas’s highly intuitive…
Aug 1, 2022
Fall 2022 Opening Celebration and Conversation
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes you to celebrate the opening of our Fall 2022 exhibition season, comprised of the exhibition Sissel Tolaas: RE________. This exhibition is organized by Astrup Fearnley Museet and curated by Executive Director and Chief Curator Solveig Øvstebø. The presentation at the ICA is co-organized with…
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. Please note this event will be held at the Harold L. Zellerbach Theater, Penn Live Arts,…
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–SOLD OUT
This event has been sold out. 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…
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…