News Release

Open Call for Applicants Announced for RAW Académie at ICA to take place Fall 2020 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia

March 6, 2020
Philadelphia, PA

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce an international open call for applications to participate in RAW Académie, an experimental residential program for artists, curators, and critics dedicated to the research and study of artistic and curatorial practice and thought. RAW Académie at ICA: Infrastructure will be the first session of the Académie to be held outside of Dakar, Senegal. Taking place over seven weeks at ICA in Philadelphia, this experiential study program will be held September 28 through November 13, 2020 and will be led by artist, writer, filmmaker and activist Linda Goode Bryant. The curriculum will consist of presentations, visits to other cultural institutions, and workshops with invited faculty. Confirmed faculty include Whitney Museum of American Art Assistant Curator Rujeko Hockley, who curated “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985”; artist, filmmaker and cinematographer Arthur Jafa, recipient of the Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Biennale; Museum of Modern Art Curator of Media and Performance, Thomas Lax, who is organizing, “Just Above Midtown: 1974 to the Present”; and writer, musician, and cultural critic Greg Tate who was a staff writer at The Village Voice from 1987-2003. More faculty will be announced. An evolutive exhibition including public programs and a publication, will remain on view in ICA’s second-floor gallery through January 24, 2021.

“This collaboration with RAW Material Company is the result of several years of dialogue and dreaming together about the possibilities embedded within arts organizations and their locational identity,” said ICA’s Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator Alex Klein. “We are beyond thrilled for this unparalleled opportunity to host Session 9 of RAW Académie, led by artistic director Linda Goode Bryant. I have long been an admirer of RAW’s responsive, horizontal, transgeographic approach. The resulting seminar, public programming, and exhibition will undoubtedly challenge our preconceptions about museums, art practice, education, community, and discourse—all of which are valuable tools as we head into the U.S. 2020 presidential elections.”

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RAW Académie is a tuition-free experimental study program. ICA will provide assistance with travel, accommodation, and basic living expenses to successful applicants from outside of the Philadelphia region. A maximum of 10 fellows will be selected for the session. The application process is online only, and runs through March 15, 2020.

The selection committee for Session 9 is made up of Linda Goode Bryant and the curatorial teams of RAW Material Company and ICA. Only short-listed applicants will be notified and invited for an online interview and the final selection will be made by April 15. Please submit applications through form available here.