May 1–Aug 1, 2004

Judy Pfaff: En Restauro


Judy Pfaff, 2004

Judy Pfaff: En Restauro, 2004, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

Once referred to as a “collagist in space”, Judy Pfaff is known for installation environments that draw paint, plastic, glass, metal, wood, found objects, fabric, resin, steel––anything that comes to hand––into spiky vortexes of pictorial abstraction. A pioneer of site-specific installation in the 1970s, Pfaff has consistently redefined this art form with works that respond to and incorporate their surroundings. Initially urban in feeling, but increasingly organic, Pfaff’s work over the past three decades transmits a generosity of spirit, which the artist considers essential to her practice. Collaboration is a central component of Pfaff’s work and students from PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania will assist her in the installation.

Sun, Dec 2, 2012, 2PM
Excursus III: Coffee & Conversation
Thu, Apr 4, 2013, 6:30PM
PennDesign MFA Lightning Lectures
Sat, Jun 8, 2013, 2PM
Excursus IV: Conversation
ICA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of the William Penn Foundation for this project. Additional funding has been provided by 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 the inkind support of Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz.