Sep 13–Dec 10, 2011

Excursus I: Reference Library—Up on My Back, and I Will Take You Thither

Excursus I Reference Library Logo

Designer Andy Beach, known for his blog and curatorial interventions under the name Reference Library, inaugurates the series with “Up on My Back, and I Will Take You Thither,” a project that takes inspiration from the Centaur Book Shop, Philadelphia’s own Prohibition-era radical press, record store, and bohemian meeting place.

Excursus was a multifaceted, four-part initiative at ICA in which artists, designers, publishers, and other cultural producers whose work engages the archive and publication were invited as artists-in-residence to create a platform for more intimate programming. This sourcebook, building on the idea of an excursus (an exposition or digression from a primary text), offers summaries, ephemera, and checklists for each re-imagining of both the physical and discursive space of the ICA. Participants: Reference Library, East of Borneo, Ooga Booga, Primary Information. Essay and summaries by ICA curator Alex Klein.

Excursus Reference Library Installation 1Excursus Reference Library Installation 2Excursus Reference Library Installation 3Excursus Reference Library Installation 4Excursus Reference Library Installation 5


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ExcursusThe Programs That Were: Grace Ambrose Reflects on Programming at ICAA Place to Share Things: Wendy Yao Brings Ooga Booga to ICAEast of Borneo: Seventies FlashbackA Painting with a Purpose: Sarah Crowner and Primary Information at ICAFrom the Archive: Agnes Martin reconsidered

Sun, Oct 23, 2011, 1PM
Excursus I: Let’s Play Chess
Sat, Oct 29, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Tea & Conversation
Thu, Nov 3, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Venice Biennale
Sun, Nov 6, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Agnes Martin
Wed, Nov 9, 2011, 6:30PM
Excursus I: Ciné-Society
Sat, Nov 19, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Tea & Conversation
Sun, Nov 20, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Epistle
Thu, Dec 1, 2011, 1PM
Excursus I: Ribbon Bee
Sat, Dec 3, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Tea & Conversation
Sun, Dec 4, 2011, 1PM
Excursus I: The Gift
Sat, Dec 10, 2011, 2PM
Excursus I: Logan Grider
Sun, Dec 11, 2011, 3PM
Excursus I: Dead Flowers