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The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce visionary artist, writer, filmmaker, and activist Linda Goode Bryant’s appointment as the 2021-2022 Katherine Sachs (CW’69) and Keith L. Sachs (W’67) Guest Curator. Goode Bryant’s role will be as Artistic Director of the forthcoming initiative RAW Académie, Session 9: Infrastructure, an innovative collaboration between ICA and Dakar-based RAW Material Company, to be held in Philadelphia in spring 2022.
RAW Académie is a residential program for the research and study of artistic and curatorial practice and thought that is rooted in the question: “How do we learn from each other?” To stage the ninth session of its Académie to be directed by Goode Bryant, RAW will relocate its staff and organization to Philadelphia.
“Since 2017 ICA has been in dialogue with Koyo Kouoh, founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, and their team, to develop an institutional exchange between our two organizations. At the heart of the collaboration is a shared ethos of hospitality and a commitment to mutual learning,” says Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator and co-organizer of the initiative. “As the Artistic Director of the Académie, Linda Goode Bryant proposes a session that will lay the groundwork for the creation of a new infrastructure for contemporary art. Her own visionary body of work defies easy categorization and challenges assumptions about what arts organizations should look like, how they should function, and what they can do. Working with Linda is a continuously rewarding and nourishing experience, and I cannot think of a more inspiring individual to help us to reimagine the future of the field.”
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