Based in Dakar, Senegal, RAW Académie is devoted to the research and study of artistic and curatorial thought and practice rooted in the question: “How do we learn from each other?” For the ninth session of their Académie, RAW has invited artist, curator, activist, and filmmaker Linda Goode Bryant to reimagine the potential of the classroom as a virtual space of exchange between the physical Académie in Dakar and the context of ICA and Philadelphia. Over the course of seven weeks a group of fellows will work with Goode Bryant and an interdisciplinary roster of visiting faculty to conduct a body of research that proposes a radical rethinking of the infrastructure and value systems in contemporary art and pedagogy. A “living syllabus” will unfold as a quilt-like narrative in which different knowledge-bases, perspectives, and forms of media are stitched together. You are invited to follow the Academié, which will act as a hub for the ongoing research produced by the fellows and faculty, a site for live broadcasts from local communities, and a gathering space for public events.
This collaboration between ICA and RAW examines ICA’s role within a major university and complicates the ways that education and knowledge is both accessed and produced. Originally, the Académie was meant to take place in Philadelphia, but due to the complications posed by COVID-19 it has been reconceived to embrace the potential of being together online. This innovative institutional exchange grew out of the ICA initiative I is for Institute (2016–present), which examines the perceptions and parameters of contemporary arts organizations in order to create a space for dialogue about how we might reimagine them. The project unfolds through a series of exhibitions and conversations with curators and directors reflecting on their work and its institutional and local contexts. The conversations are archived online at iisforinstitute.icaphila.org.
RAW Académie Session 9: Infrastructure is a collaboration between Linda Goode Bryant, RAW Material Company, and Alex Klein, ICA’s Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator, with support from Daniella Rose King, 2017—2020 Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow, Ali Mohsen, Digital Content Editor, and Caitlin Palmer, Curatorial Administrative Coordinator. I is for Institute is organized by Alex Klein with Tausif Noor and Gee Wesley, Spiegel-Wilks Curatorial Fellows.
ICA gratefully acknowledges support from the Katherine (CW’69) and Keith L. Sachs (W’67) Guest Curator Program. RAW Académie Session 9: Infrastructure is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Toby Devan Lewis. Programming support is provided by the Sachs Contemporary Art Fund. Additional support has been provided by Linda & Jeffrey Chodorow, Stacey & Benjamin Frost, Marjorie & Michael Levine, Toby Devan Lewis, Christina Weiss Lurie, B.Z. and Michael Schwartz, Lori & John Reinsberg, Dorothy & Stephen Weber, and Susan J. Weiler.