Wendy Yao’s Ooga Booga is a nexus for independent art, design, fashion, and music located in the heart of Chinatown in Los Angeles. More than a bookstore, Ooga Booga is a publishing imprint, record label, meeting place, and exhibition venue. For Excursus III, Yao brings her collaborators to ICA for a series of workshops, events, and pop-up exhibitions.
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.
ExcursusExcursus (2011–13)The 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 ICA