Please note: ICA is currently closed for installation.
Join us on March 10 for the opening of our Spring 2023 season, featuring
Carolyn Lazard: Long Take & Terence Nance: Swarm.
Mar 10, 2023, 6PM–9PM

Spring 2023 Opening Celebration

Terence Nance, Swimming in Your Skin Again (still), 2015

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes you to celebrate the opening of our Spring 2023 exhibition season, comprised of the exhibitions Terence Nance: Swarm and Carolyn Lazard: Long Take.

Join us at 6PM for a public reception featuring remarks from the artists and curators as well as refreshments, activities, and music in collaboration with Philly-based vendors.


Register to attend this free event here.

ASL interpretation will be provided for this program.

Please contact Brittany Clottey, ICA Public Engagement Project Manager and Administrative Coordinator, at  with any questions.

Terence Nance: Swarm

Terence Nance: Swarm is the first solo museum presentation dedicated to the artist’s genre-defying and innovative practice. The exhibition highlights the artist’s experimentation in film, video, television, sound and performance during the ten-year period spanning 2012 to 2022. The title of the exhibition, Swarm, is a tribute to the community of friends and family Nance built around him in Brooklyn in the early to mid-2000s. Each piece reflects their influence: from collaborations with his mother, Vickie Washington, and brother, Nelson Mandela Nance, to the partnerships he’s created with friends and chosen kin.

The five immersive environments in Swarm allow for an intimate connection to the stories, relationships and histories at hand. Visitors encounter “Can’t Tell These Kids Nothing”, a newly commissioned two-channel installation featuring a video of poet Fred Moten and Nance’s mother Vickie Washington in the context of a familial living room space which includes family photos and an ancestral altar; “Univitellin”– a star-crossed romantic tragedy — is represented here as a two-channel projection anchored by a spinning platform, physically reflecting the twin/his and hers perspectives in the video. The presentation of each work thereby extends Nance’s interest in deepening collective intuition and worldmaking through ritual and collaborative artistic expression.

Terence Nance: Swarm was co‐organized by BlackStar and the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

Read more about Terence Nance: Swarm here.

Carolyn Lazard: Long Take

Carolyn Lazard (born 1987, Penn MFA ’19) works across mediums to explore the relationship between dependency, care, and debility. Their work questions how dominant ways of art-making and working value efficiency and ability over life itself. Lazard’s art positions care as a collective concern rather than an individual one, shifting our assumptions around accessibility and how we come together.

Long Take marks the artist’s debut solo exhibition in Philadelphia. Thinking through accessibility as a methodology, Lazard presents this dance work sonically rather than visually. The artist considers how a performance might be communicated beyond its image and questions why visuality has been the default vehicle for aesthetic experience. This work was created with dancer and writer Jerron Herman and poet and artist Joselia Rebekah Hughes. Lazard encourages us to think about the often-unseen networks of care, labor, and friendship that make collaborative endeavors possible, whether it be the making of an artwork, an exhibition, or dinner.

Carolyn Lazard: Long Take is co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center; the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania; and Nottingham Contemporary.

Read more about Carolyn Lazard: Long Take here.


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