Apr 19–Aug 4, 2007

Crimes of Omission


Crimes of Omission, 2007Crimes of Omission 1Crimes of Omission 2Crimes of Omission 3Crimes of Omission 4Crimes of Omission 5Crimes of Omission, installation view (2007)

Geraint EvansKen Gonzales-DayMichael LinaresChristian MarclayDonald MoffettTrevor PaglenFreddie RobinsSusan SiltonTaryn SimonA “crime of omission” is defined as the failure to act upon a legal duty or responsibility. In this exhibition, the title refers to artistic strategies that re- move visual traces of a crime or draw attention to injustices that typically go unnoticed. Viewers may initially overlook the criminal references in the works, allowing them to have an extended engagement with these contemporary artworks that will be presented as open-ended questions rather than foregone conclusions. Crimes of Omission will be on view in ICA’s Project Space from April 20–August 5, 2007.

The show brings together nine artists from around the globe: Geraint Evans (b. 1968; lives in London, England), Ken Gonzales-Day (b. 1964; lives in Los Angeles), Michael Linares (b.1979; lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico), Christian Marclay (b.1955; lives in London, England and New York), Donald Moffett (b.1955; lives in New York), Trevor Paglen (b. 1975; lives in Berkeley), Freddie Robins (b. 1965; lives in London, England), Susan Silton (b.1956; lives in Los Angeles) and Taryn Simon (b.1975; lives in New York). Media varies from Donald Moffett’s light loop painting of the Ramble in New York’s Central Park (a gay cruising area) to Freddie Robins’s conceptual knitting pieces that feature miniature replicas of homes where 19th Century murders occurred.

Student curators include: Loren Appin, Kristen Beneduce, Julia Berenson, Brittni Busch, Morgan Greenhouse, Alexandra Lenobel, Jenna Moss, Alexandra Nemerov, Vincent Szwajkowski, and Alex Tryon. The course is taught by Richard Meyer, Katherine Stein Sachs CW’69 and Keith L. Sachs W’67 Visiting Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania, Liliana Mikova, Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania, and Naomi Beckwith, Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow.

"ICA acknowledges primary funding for this project and exhibition from the DolfingerMcMahon Foundation. Additional support for the exhibition and has been provided by RBSL Bergman Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania. ICA is also grateful for inkind support from Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

The Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania gratefully acknowledges generous support from the RBSL Bergman Foundation to fund the curatorial seminar."