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Oct 17, 2013
De-install
The Maira Kalman show closed. On Sunday 67 people walked through the gallery, looked at the pictures on the walls and at the ladders and linens and language primers on the floor and tables, and walked back out. The doors locked behind them. This morning, de-installation has begun, complex and choreographed as a ballet. Crew…
Oct 17, 2013
John Kelly
A few weeks before Queer Voice opened, John Kelly stopped by to see the gallery where the show was being installed—a series of black spaces and rooms that until recently had held Jenelle Porter’s Dance with Camera exhibition. Now the video screens and old-fashioned movie projectors were gone, and the crew was busy moving large…
Oct 17, 2013
Index
“Do we have vibrato?” Ingrid asks. “I thought we had vibrato.” “No,” Lucy says. “We have vibration. We have staccato. We have ululation.” “Let’s put it in,” Ingrid says. “Page 32.” Ingrid Schaffner, ICA’s Senior Curator, and Lucy Gallun, the museum’s Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow, are working on the index for the catalogue to Queer Voice…
Oct 17, 2013
Frankenstein Script
Fifteen days before Queer Voice opened, Darcey was in the conference room with all this stuff laid out on the table. She was wearing white art handling gloves and making notes. “What’s that?” I asked. She explained that it was a Jack Smithscript for the exhibition, one of a bunch of scripts that would be…
Oct 17, 2013
Summer Studio Opening Party on the Terrace
For a couple of days earlier in the week, the artist Anthony Campuzano trekked in and out ICA carrying stuff: chairs, computers, art supplies, drawings, photographs, tacks, snacks. Campuzano—TC to friends—is known for using found language in his drawings, taking text from newspaper headlines, Wikipedia entries, the covers of paperback novels, song lyrics, etc. And…
Oct 17, 2013
Summer Studio, Week Two: The Laboratory
post by Rachel Pastan This week when I wandered into the cool, second-floor gallery where Anthony Campuzano is conducting Summer Studio—a free-form art school and working artist’s studio, both free and open to the public here at ICA throughout July—I found Campuzano (T.C. to his friends) chatting with a family from Connecticut. The man was…
Oct 17, 2013
Pieces of Set Pieces
On Monday, Virgil Marti came over to ICA to meet with Robert, Shannon, and Darcey, ICA’s crack team of exhibitions logisticians. Virgil is an artist and a long-time ICA friend. He did an installation for our Ramp space in 2003, and one of his beautiful pink chandeliers hangs in our lobby and is one of…
Oct 17, 2013
ICA Mosaic
On days the museum is closed but the offices are open, you have to ring the doorbell if you want to get in. Some days it rings all day long, that bell: the mailman, the UPS guy, the FedEx guy, and the many interns who do so much of the heavy lifting here at ICA.…
Oct 17, 2013
Cobra on Wood
August is the season of vacations, and a lot of desks are empty here at ICA this month, but downstairs in the galleries people are busily at work. This is installation season, too, when ICA’s crew gets the new fall shows ready to open. The cobra in this picture—drawn by ICA crew member and artist…
Oct 17, 2013
So Many Amazing Ideas!
What if you gave everyone who came into a museum a bell, and they wore it, and it rang as they wandered through the galleries? What if you offered short, private concerts in the museum’s coat closet, for just two people at a time? What if a museum offered plant vacations, where you could send…