Feb 29, 2024, 6PM

Weitzman Spring 2024 Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jessica Vaughn


The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Stuart Weitzman School at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to present a lecture with conceptual artist, Jessica Vaughn. Vaughn’s practice centers around mass-production and image-making cultures as she uncovers interrelations of labor, politics, and site–prompting a (re)consideration of how we must work within, and even between, the spaces we inhabit.

This free public lecture is part of a series that gathers distinguished artists, activists, writers, and disruptors whose work engages with the social and cultural themes of our time.


Register to attend this free event here | Attend the lecture via Zoom Here.

Captioning will be available for this program via Zoom. If you require any other accessibility accommodations such as audio description or ASL interpretation, or have any questions about the program, please contact Brittany Clottey at bclottey@ica.upenn.edu.

About the artist

Jessica Vaughn’s (b. Chicago, IL) art practice is a dedication to understanding materials and images and how they function politically, socially and conceptually in the world. Her most recent artworks in sculpture, drawing, video, and photography interrogate questions of labor and architecture.

Vaughn’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include her exhibitions I 🖤 CUSTOMERS at Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, DE, Our Primary Focus is to Be Successful at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Working Thought at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, Hiding In Plain Sight, Pace Gallery, New York, NY, and Lost In America, at the Museum Bellpark in Kriens, Switzerland. Vaughn is a 2022 Canadian Centre for Architecture Fellow, 2021 Creative Capital Awardee, a 2019 receipt of a Graham Foundation research grant and published in 2021 an artist book with Printed Matter Inc. She received a B.H.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Vaughn was a participant of the Whitney Independent Study Program and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is an Associate Professor of Painting at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University.

About this series

The Institute of Contemporary Art and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to present a series of free public lectures and conversations that connect a group of distinguished artists, filmmakers, activists, and disruptors to the Philadelphia public. In their varied approaches and techniques, these individuals speak to ICA’s ethos of artistic experimentation and practice that engages with the social and cultural themes of our time. In this lecture series, we invite you all to engage in conversation with our participants and become a part of an active dialogue that explores the stake of contemporary art in our society and culture.


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.

The Master of Fine Arts program at Penn is focused on the professional development of visual artists. Through workshops, seminar courses, international residency opportunities and interactions with curators, writers and artists, the program provides an open intellectual framework to foster independent methods of artistic research.