Please note: ICA is currently closed for installation.
Join us on March 10 for the opening of our Spring 2023 season, featuring
Carolyn Lazard: Long Take & Terence Nance: Swarm.
Apr 22, 2021
ICA Director Zoë Ryan on Museum Pandemic Pivots and Strengthening Community
ICA Director Zoë Ryan on Museum Pandemic Pivots and Strengthening Community pewcenterarts.org 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…
Nov 19, 2020
Jazz Times: Heart Specialist–An Exhibition in Philadelphia pays tribute to the multidisciplinary accomplishments of Milford Graves
Heart Specialist–An Exhibition in Philadelphia pays tribute to the multidisciplinary accomplishments of Milford Graves By Ken Micaleff Jazz Times, December 2020 When appraising the work of Milford Graves, you need to reimagine what constitutes jazz and improvisation. Yes, he’s a master percussionist who helped take the drums beyond mere timekeeping. But he’s also much more…
Oct 11, 2020
Philadelphia Inquirer: Visionary who turned down a gig with Miles Davis and pivoted to cardiology (among other pursuits) is subject of Philly ICA show
Visionary who turned down a gig with Miles Davis and pivoted to cardiology (among other pursuits) is subject of Philly ICA show By Thomas Hine October 11, 2020 Milford Graves is one of those people who wants to understand Everything. This virtuoso percussionist, self-taught authority on cardiology, professor, philosopher, healer, and martial arts innovator is…
Aug 5, 2020
New York Times: A Jazz Drummer’s Fight to Keep His Own Heart Beating
Milford Graves: A Jazz Drummer’s Fight to Keep His Own Heart Beating By Corey Kilgannon August 5, 2020 In the 1960s, Milford Graves became a groundbreaking drummer in avant-garde jazz, but intertwined with his career had been his constant study of music’s impact on the human heart. Now Mr. Graves, a 78-year-old who lives in…
Jul 8, 2020
Whitewall Magazine: Karyn Olivier–Thinking About Monuments, Memory, and Absence
Karyn Olivier: Thinking About Monuments, Memory, and Absence By Katie Donaghue July 8, 2020 Upon entering Karyn Olivier’s Everything That’s Alive Moves, which opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania in January before closing early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors were asked to pin a white carnation to their clothing.…
May 6, 2020
Hyperallergic: Karyn Olivier Subverts the Formal Seriousness of Monuments
Karyn Olivier Subverts the Formal Seriousness of Monuments By Erica Cardwell for Hyperallergic May 6, 2020 Just before the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses and institutions across the US to close indefinitely, I was fortunate to visit Karyn Olivier’s recent exhibition, Everything That’s Alive Moves, at the Institute of Contemporary Art. ​​A Philadelphia-based artist whose…