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Artlyst: What a Small Museum Can Do That a Big One Can’t – Three Exhibits ICA Philadelphia

What a Small Museum Can Do That a Big One Can’t – Three Exhibits ICA Philadelphia
By Isa Freeling for Artlyst
August 4, 2019

Visiting The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania reminded me of how important and sometimes more impactful smaller museums are. They instigate absorbing surveys in the limited confines of limited space with creatively conceived moving walls expanding and receding based on each exhibit, allowing viewers more energy to be focused on a few exhibitions and not spread-out like an amusement park full of metaphors and beautiful images. Also, the ICA can harvest and support upcoming talent without worrying about blockbuster attendance and appeal. Almost like a boutique store where the goods are fewer but are all well-considered.

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