News Release

ICA Debuts New Series OUTSIDE IN by Na Kim on September 17, 2021

September 15, 2021
Philadelphia, PA

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to present FFC on 6, 7, 8, the inaugural OUTSIDE IN commission by graphic designer Na Kim. A new collaboration with Maharam, a forward-thinking textile company based in New York known for its interdisciplinary collaborations that bring fresh perspectives to design, this series visually transforms ICA’s 36th Street façade, ramp, and common areas—spaces that have a distinct presence—inviting viewers to experience the work from multiple vantage points. FFC on 6, 7, 8, is on view through July 10, 2022.

To launch OUTSIDE IN, ICA has invited the conceptually-driven graphic designer Na Kim who works between Seoul and Berlin. Known for her use of bold colors, shapes, and patterns inspired by everyday life, her work often expands beyond the page and into the creation of dynamic installations and environments.

“It is exciting to work with a designer like Na Kim whose work balances a research-based, conceptual approach with a dynamic formalism,” says Alex Klein, Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Curator. “In her installation, FFC on 6, 7, 8 she brings her two-dimensional investigations to life in space and at architectural scale. Kim has observed that she is giving ICA a ‘new outfit’ for a new season, but she has also brought a new rhythm and welcoming energy to the experience of ICA’s building.”

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