News Release

First Mid-Career Survey of Artist Tomashi Jackson Opens at ICA Philadelphia in February 2024

December 5, 2023
Philadelphia, PA
L : I see Fields of Green (Put the Ball Through the Hoop), 2022. R: Chattahoochee River Camouflage (Derek) (1970 Home Values Map), 2018. Both images courtesy of the artist and Tilton Gallery, New York.

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) presents the first mid-career survey of Tomashi Jackson, providing an expansive look at the multimedia artist’s research-based practice and trademark use of layering and color to confront issues of social justice. The exhibition charts Jackson’s exuberant painterly approach across media, revealing the physical means by which the artist examines structural systems of oppression and violence employed against Black and Indigenous peoples throughout U.S. history. On view from February 10 through June 2, 2024, Tomashi Jackson: Across the Universe has been organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and is being enhanced with expanded programming for presentation at the ICA.

“Tomashi’s creative practice meaningfully aligns with the mission and program of ICA, which is dedicated to foregrounding the work of bold and experimental artists who draw from history to better understand the present, challenge the status quo, and forge a new future,” said Zoë Ryan, Daniel W. Dietrich Il Director of the ICA Philadelphia. “As the institution enters our 60th anniversary season, it is fitting to be showcasing an artist whose work seamlessly intertwines poignant social commentary with innovative explorations of traditional artistic practices, including color theory and collage.”

“Tomashi is an artist who radically pushes the boundaries of painting, challenging the conventional two-
dimensions of the media to expand it, quite literally, into new spaces,” said Hallie Ringle, Daniel and Brett Sundheim Chief Curator of the ICA Philadelphia, who is organizing the exhibition at the ICA. “Conceptually, her work also pushes us, with layers of meaning and archival images that encourage us to confront discriminatory laws and policies in our history. The exhibition resonates especially within the historical context of Philadelphia, a city deeply entrenched in issues of racial and social justice.”

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