Jul 13–Dec 1, 2024

Where I Learned to Look: Art from the Yard

Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater, Modest Livelihood (still), 2012, super 16mm film, transferred to Blu-ray, 50 minutes, silent. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. (detail)

This exhibition celebrates the foundational role of yards in shaping contemporary art in America. Building upon existing scholarship on Yard Art, artwork created to exist in the transitional space between the home and wider world, artist and art historian Josh T Franco examines the lineage of this robust American art form which has historically existed outside of museum and gallery spaces. Featuring over 30 works, the exhibition spotlights both community and academically taught artists over the past five decades including David Driskell, vanessa german, Donald Judd, Noah Purifoy, and Finnegan Shannon, revealing connections across communities in creative world-building with what is available. This exhibition is part of ICA’s Sachs Guest Curator Program, which since 2007 has funded artists and interdisciplinary creatives to curate ambitious contemporary art presentations and actualize projects that leverage the space of resources of ICA to examine emerging and underrecognized creative practices.


Wendy Red Star’s ”Rez Pop J.” Image Courtesy of the artist and Sargent’s Daughters.


Where I Learned to Look: Art from the Yard is curated by Josh T Franco, Sachs Guest Curator, in collaboration with Hallie Ringle, Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator, with support from Denise Ryner, Andrea B. Laporte Curator. 


ICA gratefully acknowledges support from the Katherine (CW’69) and Keith L. Sachs (W’67) Guest Curator Program. Additional support has been provided by Linda & Jeffrey Chodorow, Arthur Cohen & Daryl Otte, B.Z. & Michael Schwartz, Patricia & Howard Silverstein, and The Study at University City.