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Oct 17, 2013
Do It More
Last Wednesday, in her annual lecture exploring the question, What is Contemporary? ICA Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner pointed out that when Andy Warhol organized the famous Raid the Icebox exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1969, there was no such thing as a contemporary art museum. Now every city seems to have…
Oct 17, 2013
Mission
ICA has a new mission statement. I admit that doesn’t sound amazingly exciting, but give me a minute, because it is. Our old mission statement was about what we did in a literal kind of way: make exhibitions, organize programs, document what we do in publications. This new one is more exhilarating: The Institute of…
Oct 17, 2013
Weird but Useful Stuff
It’s the change of the seasons here at ICA. Just as you can feel the approach of autumn out on the street in September, here in the museum I feel the end of Queer Voice approaching and the murmurs of the new exhibition season getting ready to blow in. This Sunday evening the projectors and…
Oct 17, 2013
Mouse Tooth Marks and Other Adventures in Conservation
post by Rachel Pastan One of the things I try to do in this blog is give readers a sense of some of what goes on behind the scenes here at ICA: what the people are doing while the art is out there posing for you in the galleries. I was delighted when, the other…
Oct 17, 2013
Everyday Imaginary
Once a week, usually on Wednesday, I’ve been stopping by ICA’s Project Space, a small gallery on the second floor, and watching the video. There’s a new one every week pretty much all year as part of ICA’s 3-part exhibition, Video Art: Replay. I was particularly interested in the second part— Everyday Imaginary, curated by…
Oct 17, 2013
Just Right
ICA has three exhibition spaces: a vast ocean liner of a gallery downstairs; a nice-sized fishing boat of a gallery upstairs; and behind that, like the dinghy the bigger vessels tow behind them for rowing to shore, the Project Space—650 square feet where exhibitions of emerging artists or experimental installations are presented. Last week I…
Oct 17, 2013
Still, Flat, and Far
post by Rachel Pastan “I’m intrigued by the staticness of form.” That wonderful sentence was uttered last week at ICA by sculptor, photographer, and video-maker Erin Shirreff, whose show Still, Flat, and Far closed at the museum last weekend. Ordinarily I wouldn’t use this space to talk about a show you can’t see, but last…
Oct 17, 2013
What’s in the Box?
The crew is unpacking the crates for the Anne Chu and Matthew Monahan show, Mineral Spirits (Matthew’s sculpture “Roots For Ryan” is pictured above). Music drifts in from the back room, packing blankets are spread on the floor: rust, pink, maroon and black. Robert is making notes for the condition reports and taking pictures with…
Oct 17, 2013
Ambassador of Art
post by Rachel Pastan Last Wednesday afternoon, as on many afternoons over the last two years, Penn student Javi Battle was in ICA’s conference room for a meeting of the Student Advisory Board. It would be his last. Javi is graduating this winter and moving to New York to start an executive training program at…
Oct 17, 2013
Art, Math, Cosmology
We’re upstairs in ICA’s second-floor gallery and Ingrid says, “You know how in architect’s models they always have these tiny plastic people? Well we are the tiny people in this model of Anne Tyng’s new project.” ICA’s new exhibition, Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry, opened last month, and it looks magnificent. I’ve written before about the…