ICA will be closed for installation December 24, 2018 through January 31, 2019.
Sep 16–Dec 27, 2015

Josephine Pryde: lapses in Thinking By the person i Am

Josephine Pryde: Lapses in Thinking by the Person I am

Josephine Pryde: Lapses in Thinking by the Person I am

Josephine Pryde (born 1967, Alnwick, UK; lives Berlin and London) presents a new body of commissioned work for her first United States museum exhibition. In the context of the gallery, it could be said that the composition, lighting, and general style of Pryde’s photographs recall fashion and portrait photography, but this would ignore the fact that fashion and portrait photography refer to art photographs, snapshots, documentary footage, and more. A kind of loop develops in Pryde’s work, feeding back tropes and mutations in photographic traffic, and then presenting the results.

Here, she shows more than twenty photographs of hands shot with a macro lens so that detail can be enlarged in the final frame. The hands have brightly painted nails and are depicted in contact with a range of touch-sensitive devices—lamps, tablets, phones, human chests. The photographs may be viewed on foot; alternatively, a fully functioning miniature rideable train offers visitors a short trip from A to B and back again, along the route of the show.

Organized for CCA Wattis Institute by Curator and Head of Programs Jamie Stevens. Accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. Organized at ICA by Chief Curator Anthony Elms.

Josephine Pryde imageJosephine Pryde, Gift For Melapses in Thinking By the person i Am

Books & Editions
Publication Date
Clemens Jahn
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, & Sternberg Press
"This exhibition is made possible by VIA Art Fund, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, British Council, and Laura and Joseph Sweeney, with special thanks to Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York; Galerie Neu, Berlin; and Simon Lee Gallery, London. The ICA presentation of this exhibition is made possible by the Howard A. Silverstein and Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Exhibition Endowment Fund, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York; and Simon Lee Gallery, London. The artist thanks Saif Azzuz, Susanne Kirschnick, Christine Fenzl, Jason Belletire with Backyard Train Co., and Henner Meinhold. The CCA Wattis Institute program is generously supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation; by CCA Directors Fund contributors Patricia W. Fitzpatrick, Judy and Bill Timken, Ruth and Alan Stein, Robin Wright and Ian Reeves, Chara Schreyer, Laura Brugger and Ross Sappenfield; and by CCA Curators Forum. Phyllis C. Wattis was the generous founding patron."