Please note: ICA is currently closed for installation.
Join us on March 10 for the opening of our Spring 2023 season, featuring
Carolyn Lazard: Long Take & Terence Nance: Swarm.
Apr 21–Aug 7, 2011

One is the Loneliest Number

About

One is the loneliest number presents emerging artist duos based in Philadelphia and elsewhere that work in a variety of media—from graphic design to video to sculpture—highlighting a collective mode that has historical precedents but is also increasingly present in contemporary practice. This spectrum of approaches to art-making extends beyond materials and into the collaborative methods artists have developed in their ongoing partnerships. This exhibition features the five collaboratives Lucas Ajemian and Julien Bismuth; Davis, Cherubini; Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib; Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi; and Megawords. One is the loneliest number is on view in ICA’s second floor-gallery, mezzanine, and adjacent staff kitchen.

As friends (Ajemian and Bismuth; Davis, Cherubini; Megawords) or couples (Hironaka and Suib; Mauss and Okiishi), each artist pair has learned to work together over the years in an ever-evolving practice. Sometimes this process has been an organic extension of a relationship already established, a conversation that began to manifest in objects or speculative projects. Other pairs found the process of working together to be a negotiation, one that came to require less effort or compromise over time, but that continues to develop with each new project or piece.
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Wed, Aug 3, 2011, 8PM
Sister Ray Slam
"ICA acknowledges generous sponsorship from Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson for the exhibition publication. ICA is grateful to the following members of our Leadership Circle for helping fund this exhibition: Alec Rubin & Phillip Chambers; Kirk Kirkpatrick & John Wind; Jim Fulton & Eric Rymshaw; Noreen & Ahmar Ahmad; Artvest Partners LLC; Ellen & Stephen B. Burbank; Thomas Callan & Martin McNamara; Emily Chen & Christopher Carrera; Anthony B. Creamer III; Cecile & Christopher DAmelio; Nancy A. DereneSeltzer; Fleisher/Ollman Gallery; Jennifer Rice & Michael Forman; Chinita & Michael Hard, Jr.; Jennifer & John Klein; Mary D. & Stephen L. Kurtz; Eve M. Lateiner; Gabriele W. Lee; Alexandra Heyman & Grayson Nash; Maja Paumgarten Parker & John Forbes Parker; Marguerite Rodgers Ltd.; Allison & Neil L. Rubler; Cindy Shaffran & Gary Schwartz; Annette Seidenglanz & Charles Bowes; Amor H. Towles; Van Beuren Charitable Foundation; Jane S. Wagman; Karen & Howard J. Weiner; Myles Kelly and Richard Wilson; Vardina and Yoram Wind; Jesse T. Amoroso; Gabrielle & Matthew Canno; Trina E. Gordon; Guy French LLC; William R. Peelle III; Stephanie Roach; Worth Art Advisory.

The ICA is also grateful for the support of the Arthur M. Cohen & Daryl R. Otte Fund and the Babette & Harvey Snyder Fund. Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania. ICA acknowledges Le Meridien Philadelphia as our official Unlock Art™ partner hotel."