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Dec 12, 2013
Chelsea Walkabout
Robert and I were running late. Stuck in the subway station on the way to meet the group, I tried to concentrate on the tripartite pleasure that lay ahead of us, a private tour for ICA donor clubs of three Chelsea galleries and exhibition spaces with connections to us. My thoughts, though, kept sliding to…
Dec 9, 2013
Waking the Dragon: Turning on Jason Rhoades
“The way you turn on The Creation Myth,” William says, “is more about memory than technology.” It’s Thursday morning and William—ICA’s Visitor Services Coordinator and Program Technician—is letting me follow him around as he turns on Jason Rhoades, Four Roads. He starts with the electrical breakers in their secret upstairs room, then moves to the…
Oct 17, 2013
Opening
I’ve never used a counter before, and I’m actually kind of excited about it. My job for the next hour is standing by the front doors and counting everyone who comes in, while my colleague Christy, who is much better dressed than I am—not to mention taller—politely makes sure no one gets in who’s not…
Oct 17, 2013
Benefit
Lisa Yuskavage’s photograph has been in the rotation on the video screen in ICA’s lobby for the past few months, so I recognize her right away when she comes in. Her parents are here too, back from their retirement in Florida to see their daughter honored at ICA’s annual benefit. Their daughter, the famous painter!…
Oct 17, 2013
Various Illuminations: Ingrid Schaffner on Maira Kalman
On a cold Wednesday evening last winter, ICA Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner spoke about and showed pictures by Maira Kalman, the illustrator, author, and designer who is the subject of ICA’s current exhibition, Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World). Schaffner began by telling the story she often tells about putting together this exhibition,…
Oct 17, 2013
Development
It’s been a good week in the Development department. Today I got an email from a foundation in Chicago saying we made it to the second stage in their application process, and on Monday we heard from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI) that we’d got a planning grant for a proposed exhibition on the late…
Oct 17, 2013
Buttons and My Uncle
Last week at an ICA screening I discovered a whole new genre. Buttons, Volume 2, is a series of very short movies about everyday life by Red Bucket Films, a cooperative (or “motley crew of thinkers and doers”) that includes Josh Safdie and Alex Kalman, son of Maira Kalman, an exhibition of whose work is…
Oct 17, 2013
Tibor Kalman and M&Co
Chee Pearlman is wearing a red shirt and red tights that match her red glasses frames, and she looks fantastic. She has a bright yellow legal pad too, on which she has made notes for this conversation between Michael Bierut (design luminary and partner at Pentagram), herself (editor-in-chief of the late ID Magazine, among other…
Oct 17, 2013
Adam Blumberg
The snake currently in the rotation on ICA’s home page was made by Adam Blumberg out of the foil wrapper of a bottle of sparkling juice. Adam has worked as a part-time preparator for ten years, the past two at ICA. Like most ICA crew members, Adam is an artist. A graduate of the School…
Oct 17, 2013
Milton
There are tables set up on the ICA’s sunny mezzanine by the glass doors to the Terrace, and they’re covered with computers. Students sit around chatting and telling each other what they’ve got on their hard drives and memory sticks. Lots of music of course, and old papers, and baby pictures. They have poetry and…