May 1–Aug 1, 2004

The Big Nothing

The Big Nothing, 2004, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.

The Big Nothing is a major group exhibition exploring themes of nothing and nothingness in contemporary art. Filling both main gallery spaces, the exhibition will include over sixty artists’ works from the 1970s to the present. The exhibition, co-curated by ICA Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner, Associate Curator Bennett Simpson, and Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow Tanya Leighton, is accompanied by a catalog publication.

ICA’s exhibition also initiates a Philadelphia-wide constellation of music, art, film, and talks independently organized by 36 venues throughout the city. Driven by a core-group of curators and organizers over the past year-from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Edgar Allan Poe House to the American Philosophical Society-the various independently conceived projects will occur throughout the summer all around the city.
Bas Jan AderAyreen AnastasRichard ArtschwagerMichael AsherJo BaerRobert BarryLarry BellBernadette CorporationMaurizio CattelanYoung-Hae ChangThomas ChimesBruce ConnerJessica DiamondRoe EthridgeLili FleuryRene GabriDominique Gonzalez-Foerster David HammonsRichard HoeckNancy HoltRoni HornPierre HuygheRay JohnsonYves KleinJoachim KoesterJutta KoetherLouise LawlerSherrie LevineSharon LockhartGordon Matta-ClarkAllan McCollumPatrick McMullenJohn MillerMatt MullicanEileen NeffGabriel OrozcoRaphael OrtizCharlemagne PalestinePhillippe ParrenoWilliam Pope.LRichard PrinceDoris SalcedoKarin SchneiderAllan SekulaArlene ShechetSantiago SierraJohn SmithRobert SmithsonPaul SwenbeckRirkrit TiravanijaAndy WarholJames Lee WellingJohn WesleySteve WolfeJosh Kline: Living Wages / The Big Nothing (2004)Josh Kline, Benjamin Tiven, and Noa Giniger in Conversation About Nothing / The Big Nothing (2004)ICA@50 Closing Party

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Books & Editions
The Big Nothing book cover
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
ISBN 0884541053
Publication Date
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
ICA is grateful for the generous sponsorship of Lois and Jerry Magnin. We are also grateful for the support of The Stephen A. and Diana L. Goldberg Foundation, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Nancy Olnick, Locks Foundation, and the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI), funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts. Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation Inc., William Penn Foundation, the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania.