Feb 6–Mar 31, 2013

Brian Weil

Brian Weil, Untitled (Description: two nudes embracing goose; Sex Series), gelatin silver print, 31 x 31 1/2 inches. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Brian Weil Archive."

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Brian Weil, Hasidim Self-Portrait (Hasidim Series), n.d. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Brian Weil Archive.

Brian Weil is the first career retrospective of an extraordinary photographer who staked out an original mode of documenting insular, often invisible communities and subcultures. Working patiently and deliberately, Weil immersed himself in the world of those whose lives he felt compelled to image; his work foregrounds the complex terms of exchange between photographer and subject. A member of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) and founder of New York City’s first needle-exchange program, Weil believed that activism and artistic practice were inseparable. Brian Weil, on view in ICA’s second floor gallery space February 6 through March 31, 2013, presents 60 photographs, prints, and videos from five distinct bodies of work, much of it exhibited for the first time: “Hasidim” (insular populations of Hasidim in Brooklyn and the Catskills), “Miami Crime” (homicide scenes investigated by the Miami police department), “Sex” (underground sex and bondage participants, the subjects of which he often found by placing classified ads), “AIDS” (extensive documentation of the emerging local and international politics of AIDS), as well as a long-term project with members of nascent transgender support groups.
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The VotingMeaning Something: A Conversation About Brian Weil at ICAExcursus IV: ConversationBrian Weil

Sun, Mar 24, 2013, 2PM
Excursus IV: Conversation
ICA is grateful to the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for generous support of this exhibition. Programming associated with this exhibition has been supported by the Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the Arthur M. Cohen & Daryl Otte Fund; the Meredith L. & Bryan S. Verona Fund; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania. Free admission to ICA for the public is sponsored by the Amanda (C’95) & Glenn (W’87/WG’88) Fuhrman Fund. General operating support provided, in part, by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Barra Foundation. ICA receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. ICA thanks La Colombe for providing complimentary coffee at public events. ICA acknowledges Le Méridien Philadelphia as our official Unlock Art™ partner hotel.