Sep 13, 2017, 5:25PM

Fall Opening Celebration


Martine Syms_Lessons

Martine Syms, Lessons, series of 00:00:30 videos. Installation view from Black Box, Human Resources, Los Angeles, February 6-27, 2016. Image copyright Martine Syms, courtesy of Human Resources and Bridget Donahue, NYC.

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes you to celebrate the opening of our Fall 2017 exhibition season, comprised of the exhibitions Speech/Acts and Nathalie Du Pasquier, BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT.

Speech/Acts, a group exhibition featuring new and recent works by artists Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Steffani Jemison, Tony Lewis, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Martine Syms, explores experimental black poetry and how the social and cultural constructs of language have shaped black American experiences. The exhibition will also feature prose and poetry by Morgan Parker and Simone White, as well as a satellite outpost for The Racial Imaginary Institute, founded by poet Claudia Rankine. Speech/Acts is organized by Assistant Curator Meg Onli.

Nathalie Du Pasquier, BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT is co-curated by Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at ICA; and Luca Lo Pinto, curator at Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, where the first iteration of the retrospective was initially conceived and presented by Lo Pinto last fall. Featuring more than 100 works spanning from the early 1980s to the present, the exhibition explores the prolific creative practice of artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier, a founding member of the Italian design collective Memphis, across various mediums and methods.

Members Preview

5PM: Preview with artists and curators (ICA members only)

Opening Celebration

6:30PM: Free for all to attend; complimentary snacks & cash bar