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Oct 17, 2013
Re:Activism: Not a game at all
Erin hands out the red-white-and-blue bandanas left over from a Slaughterhouse Five event. “They’ll help distinguish you as part of the group,” she says, which is true, but I don’t think any of us are crazy about wearing them. When the real game is played in October, players will get T-shirts. But it’s only July…
Oct 17, 2013
Wild Imaginings: ICA @ 50
What if you could reorganize the objects in your museum’s collection in a series of poetic interventions, grouping them—not by geography, culture, or era—but rather by their relation to human lived experience, perhaps setting a simple, 12th-century white jade Chinese vase inside an ornate 18th-century French salon? Or what if you decided to exhibit one…
Oct 17, 2013
Riso
“This is enough to get us through tonight, isn’t it?” Grace says, grabbing two reams of paper and heading out the door. It’s the morning of ICA’s long-anticipated Jason Rhoades, Four Roads opening, and we’re in a hurry. Before the day is over, nearly seven hundred people will pass through our big glass doors, and…
Oct 17, 2013
Letterpress and Zine Making: Improvising at the End
Dan and Tony are consulting with a young woman named Colleen about the taped and stapled pages spread across the tables. “Remember how the pagination works differently with the saddle stitches we’re doing,” Tony says. “The staples will show up,” Dan says. “But that will be cool,” Tony says. “This is always part of the…
Oct 17, 2013
Stuff to Art: A Conversation with Alex Da Corte
At the opening of First Among Equals earlier this month, a pink Boticellian Venus—a living statue—pushed a rolling piece of chain link fence right up against Alex Da Corte’s installation, SCENE TAKE SIX, then stood nearby on her half shell for a couple of hours. When she left, the fence remained, jutting into Alex’s piece:…
Oct 17, 2013
A Stereoscopic Evening
As we come in, Jenna offers us a basket of 3-D glasses: red, yellow, or black. Ingrid chooses black, which matches her outfit. Standing at the podium she announces, “Greg wants his glasses back after the event!” Greg is Greg Dinkins, the co-founder of the New York Stereoscopic Society. He’s at ICA tonight to give…
Oct 17, 2013
Last Call
“I’m trying to avoid gushing about this film,” Virgil Marti says. He’s talking about Robert Altman’s Nashville (1975), the last in a series of movies being screened in conjunction with Virgil’s exhibition, Set Pieces, curated from the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), which closes at ICA on Sunday. The exhibition’s staged assemblies…
Oct 17, 2013
Free For All: Contemporary Tamales
Many Wednesday evenings something cool happens at ICA. This Wednesday, September 29, we’re holding a Free For All, the name an homage to the fact that we no longer charge admission (thanks, Glenn!) and to convey the sense that you never know what might happen. Contemporary art is always wild and crazy, right? Well, sometimes.…
Oct 17, 2013
Something Has Zombiefied: Irena Haiduk in White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart
“That looks like it fits,” Ika says, as the shoe model tightens her laces. “They look cool.” The model admires her new footwear, which looks something like a woman’s figure skate with the toe and heel cut out. “I would actually wear these.” A few volunteer models have come into ICA tonight to rehearse Nine…
Oct 17, 2013
Sag-Mania: Stefan Sagmeister and the Pursuit of Happiness
As I descend from the ICA offices to the lobby, I can hear the buzz of voices as the elevator passes the second floor—the Sagmeister buzz. Designer Stefan Sagmeister is giving a lecture at 6:30, and 300 people have signed up to hear him. Designers, font inventors, art educators, enthusiasts: for an hour they have…