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 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.

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 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.

Live captioning wil be available for the event. If you require any accessibility accommodations such as audio description or ASL interpretation, or have any questions about the program, please contact Brittany Clottey (


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.


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