Where is Contemporary? A whirlwind tour of the art world’s terrain

Dig deeper into ICA Chief Curator Ingrid Schaffner’s annual lecture, What is Contemporary?, with this list of things to visit, listen to, play with, and look at now. Organized thematically, like Schaffner’s talk, dive into her idiosyncratic guide to the art world’s terrains, topographies, spaces, and places.


Qiu Zhijie’s 100-foot wide imaginary map at the Sao Paolo Bienal

Funeral for a Home


The academic program instituted in the first two years after the institute opened in 1970 responded actively to the radical critique of education, at the same time evincing a Romantic belief in the liberating and equalizing powers of art and artists. Early promotional literature explicitly redefined the notion of “school” or steered clear of the word altogether. —Read more via East of Borneo.

The Last Art College: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1968–1978 by Gary Neil Kennedy (2012)


The Xerox Book via Primary Information

Printed Matter

Paraguay Press
Paraguay Press (2014)

Image courtesy of Paraguay Press.


A Short Life of Trouble: Forty Years in the New York Art World by Marcia Tucker (2010). Read Chapter One (PDF).

The Studio Museum in Harlem

Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art


The Gramercy International Art Fair
Tracey Emin, Gramercy International Art Fair (1994)

Photo of Tracey Emin and Jay Jopling, with Emin’s work Hotel International, at the Gramercy International Art Fair in 1994, courtesy of Tracey Emin (via Artsy).

Upcoming art fairs: Frieze New York, Armory New York, Independent Art Fair

Vox Populi

Klara Liden, It’s Complicated, open until December 7 at Reena Spaulings


Tavares Strachan, *You Belong Here* (2014)

Tavares Strachan, You Belong Here, 2014. Photo: Joseph Vincent Gray. Courtesy of Tavares Strachan.

Prospect New Orleans +Tavares Strachan, I Belong Here Project (2014)

Venice Biennale

Shanzhai Biennial


Robert Gober: The Heart is Not a Metaphor, at MoMA until January 18, 2015

The Artists Institute

do it, at the Galleries atMoore until December 6


Venturi, Scott Brown and Grandmother: Patterns for Production and Joy Feasley and Paul Swenbeck, A Hatchet to Kill Old Ugly, now at the Fabric Workshop and Museum
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, portrait (1979)

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown with Queen Anne chair (left), 1979, and Empire chair (right), 1979. Denise Scott Brown wears the Grandmother dress she designed. Photo credit: Robert Adelman (from Life magazine).

Raf Simons x Sterling Ruby

Bill Cunningham: Make Your Own Art


Katharina Grosse, Psycholustro (2014)

Eiko: A Body in a Station(2014)

Dan Murphy and Isaac Tin Wei Lin,Woe Be Gone (2014)


The space of criticism:

#KaraWalkerDomino, Instagram (2014)

#KaraWalkerDomino, Instagram (2014)

Title Magazine, The St. Claire, and TheArtblog.org in Philadelphia

Coffee & Conversation at ICA


The space of performance:

The Kitchen


Ars Nova Workshop presents Abraxas performing John Zorn’s Psychomagia, November 11 at Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History


Explore the libraries of Martha Rosler and Donald Judd online.

Browse ICA’s publications.



Conflict Kitchen




Tamarin Norwood, A Fine Line (2014)

What is Contemporary?