ICA Director Zoë Ryan on Museum Pandemic Pivots and Strengthening Community
April 22, 2021
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania, an internationally renowned venue for contemporary art and culture, appointed Zoë Ryan as its director in November 2020. The ICA has presented many Center-supported exhibitions, including Colored People Time (2019), Endless Shout (2017), and Barbara Kasten: Stages (2015). Ryan spoke to us about what brought her to Philadelphia, a pandemic-inspired shift in the organization’s programming philosophy, and the contemporary relevance of the ICA’s upcoming Ulysses Jenkins retrospective.
Opening in September of 2021, Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation will spotlight the work of a pioneering video artist through his use of archival footage, photographs, music, sound, and performances, including the restaging of two of Jenkins’ major performance works, Bay Window (1991) and Talking Hut (1994).
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