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Free admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania for the public is sponsored by the Amanda (C95) and Glenn (W87/WG88) Fuhrman Fund. PLEASE NOTE: ICA will be closed until September 17, 2021.

We’re hiring! 

ICA seeks a Temporary Part-Time Digital Content Coordinator who will support the development and impleme...
08/25/2023

We’re hiring! 

ICA seeks a Temporary Part-Time Digital Content Coordinator who will support the development and implementation of digital content for ICA, including social media channels, email newsletters, video promos and animations, and maintenance of ICA’s website. ICA seeks a creative, self-motivated, and intellectually curious individual to join the Marketing and Communications division in service of ICA's mission to connect with diverse publics through the support of artists and ideas that explore, contextualize, and resonate with the socio-political conditions of our time.

The ideal candidate for this position is a generous colleague who works well in a team environment. This position requires a savvy, detail-oriented candidate with: a passion for contemporary art and for reaching diverse audiences, stellar writing skills, and proven success at creating successful digital content and social media marketing.

Click the link in our bio to apply.

Welcome back students!  Whether you dive into a book from ICA’s reading lounge, relax in our sun-drenched mezzanine, or ...
08/24/2023

Welcome back students!

Whether you dive into a book from ICA’s reading lounge, relax in our sun-drenched mezzanine, or take a study break in our galleries, ICA is a student’s paradise.

Visiting ICA is free for all. Click the link in our bio to find out more.

“It’s very special to have a solo exhibition in Philadelphia. Home can mean many things, and sometimes home is challengi...
08/16/2023

“It’s very special to have a solo exhibition in Philadelphia. Home can mean many things, and sometimes home is challenging. It’s a choice, and coming back meant that I wanted to think about the city and its impact on me." David Antonio Cruz () in an interview with writer Veronica Esposito (.eikon_ ), The Guardian ()

The show is centered around glorious portraits of LGBTQ+ individuals cuddling, laying atop one another and inhabiting space together in intriguing ways. The fashion here is as languorous as the posing, with white fishnets, zebra-print, voluminous skirts and purple pants, among others. The overall impression of these works is one of joy and gratitude, combined with peace, contemplation and defiance. 

To read the full interview, click the link in our bio.

ICA is seeking a Digital Content Strategist to oversee the development and implementation of all digital content for ICA...
08/07/2023

ICA is seeking a Digital Content Strategist to oversee the development and implementation of all digital content for ICA, including social media channels, digital advertisements, custom emails, and ICA's website.

The ideal candidate should be creative, self-motivated, and intellectually curious, with a passion for contemporary art and diverse audiences. They will be responsible for strategic planning across various platforms, content creation, and increasing key performance indicators. 

They will also focus on tailored digital programming to raise visibility and engagement, with a special emphasis on staff/student voices, artists' voices, ICA's history, inquiry-based learning, and short-form videos.  The successful candidate should possess excellent writing skills, proven experience in successful digital content creation and social media marketing, and strong project management abilities.

Click the link in our bio to apply!

If Berlin is in your summer travel plans, don't miss your chance to experience the European debut of 𝘜𝘭𝘺𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘑𝘦𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘴: 𝘞𝘪...
07/28/2023

If Berlin is in your summer travel plans, don't miss your chance to experience the European debut of 𝘜𝘭𝘺𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘑𝘦𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘴: 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘠𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 before it closes this Sunday, July 30 at ! 

Without Your Interpretation, which premiered at ICA in the fall of 2021, is the first major retrospective on the work of groundbreaking video/performance artist Ulysses Jenkins. The exhibition spans over fifty years of Jenkins's prescient video and media work and his pivotal influence on contemporary art.

Co-curated by Meg Onli (), former Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator, ICA, currently Curator-at-Large, Whitney Museum of Art, and Erin Christovale (), Curator, Hammer Museum (), where the exhibition traveled in 2022.

For more details check out . 

images: Installation views, 2021. Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photos by Constance Mensh (). Exhibition catalog, designed by .

This month's issue of 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢 () includes ICA's 𝘉𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨: 𝘌𝘈𝘐 𝘢𝘵 𝘐𝘊𝘈 among the five most essential books abou...
07/25/2023

This month's issue of 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢 () includes ICA's 𝘉𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨: 𝘌𝘈𝘐 𝘢𝘵 𝘐𝘊𝘈 among the five most essential books about video art.

A publication produced in conjunction with the 2018 exhibition at ICA marked the 50th anniversary of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI). The exhibition drew on EAI’s extraordinary archive, and built upon ICA’s history of engagement with media art. Broadcasting fostered a dialogue between early innovators and contemporary practitioners through an installation, screenings, and live events. Artists included Robert Beck, Tony Cokes, Ulysses Jenkins, JODI, Shigeko Kubota, Kristin Lucas, and TVTV, among many others.

The exhibition was co-organized by Alex Klein (), Head Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs, The Contemporary Austin, and former Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE ’60) Senior Curator at ICA, and Rebecca Cleman (), Director of Distribution, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI).

Click the link in our bio to read the full article.

We're hiring! We are looking for an Assistant Director, Annual Fund and Individual Giving. The ideal candidate for this ...
07/24/2023

We're hiring! We are looking for an Assistant Director, Annual Fund and Individual Giving. The ideal candidate for this position is a generous colleague who works well in a team environment with experience in fundraising, strong communication and organizational skills, and a passion for contemporary art.

ICA is a non-collecting laboratory of artistic experimentation that privileges polyvocality, collaboration, and interdisciplinarity. This work takes the form of exhibitions, commissions, performance, publications, and special projects that champion underrecognized artists and ideas.

The institution's mission is bolstered by its position as a center within the University of Pennsylvania. Working within a leading research university provides multiple opportunities to be in dialogue and to collaborate with colleagues and students across campus. ICA’s location in University City also mandates that its work connects with its immediate neighbors in West Philadelphia while staying in dialogue with the concerns of a broader, international art community.

Click the link in our bio to apply!

“‘Access artists’ like Carolyn Lazard, Natalie de Segonzac, and Alice Sheppard ignite new languages in dance, theater, a...
07/20/2023

“‘Access artists’ like Carolyn Lazard, Natalie de Segonzac, and Alice Sheppard ignite new languages in dance, theater, and visual art.” -Wendy Univer, The Broad Street Review 
 
A sea change is underway across the arts, propelled by people with disabilities who are defying a deficit mentality and generating new languages in dance, theater, and visual art. 
 
One example of this shift is Carolyn Lazard’s non-visual dance installation 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦, that recently closed at ICA. Screen-readable texts are still available online via the exhibition webpage. Read full article in bio.
 
Image: a close-up on the hand and arm of a person with brown skin, wearing a checkered sweater, reaching for a Braille print-out of the gallery description. Photo by Constance Mensh. ()

Don’t miss the final weekend of 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥: 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦!"When it comes to video art, seating tends to be an afterthoug...
07/07/2023

Don’t miss the final weekend of 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥: 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦!

"When it comes to video art, seating tends to be an afterthought, if it is even present at all. But to pair with Leans, Reverses, Lazard crafted several “Institutional Seats,” objects that viewers can sit on to watch the video. These seats are composed of benches sourced from the ICA itself; to these ready-made objects, Lazard added upholstery that renders them a lot more welcoming." - , Alex Greenberger ()

Click the link in our bio to read the full article and visit ICA this weekend from 12–6 PM.

Don't miss the final week of Terence Nance: SWARM exhibition, closing on July 9th. Get the official catalog featuring Na...
07/06/2023

Don't miss the final week of Terence Nance: SWARM exhibition, closing on July 9th.

Get the official catalog featuring Nance's journey through film, video, television, sound, and performance. Discover breathtaking photographs and insightful essays tracing Nance's work and the transformative community he cultivated in early- to mid-2000s Brooklyn. Edited by and , with contributions from as well as Bradford Young, , , , , , John L. Jackson, Jr., ,
Maori Karmael Holmes,
,
, and 

Secure your copy at icaphiladelphia.org⁠ and experience the visionary world of Terence Nance before it concludes.

It's the final week to experience the immersive environments of Swarm and Long Take! Catch them before they close on Jul...
07/05/2023

It's the final week to experience the immersive environments of Swarm and Long Take! Catch them before they close on July 9.

Pick up your free Swarm poster when you visit and enjoy flipping through the exhibition catalog, available for purchase in our bookshop.

Poster design by Leo Brooks
Catalog design by ELLA ()

“[𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦] asks the audience to do the work of visualizing the dancer’s movements. Here, the screen is simply a tool, ...
07/02/2023

“[𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦] asks the audience to do the work of visualizing the dancer’s movements. Here, the screen is simply a tool, not a master, and it is up to the viewer to wield it. Those who do will be rewarded handsomely, armed with a new way of looking at the world and compassion for those who experience it differently.”-Meredith Sellers, for The Philadelphia Inquirer ()

Read full review in bio.

Congratulations to Meg Onli () on her appointment as the curator-at-large at the Whitney Museum of American Art ().  Meg...
06/21/2023

Congratulations to Meg Onli () on her appointment as the curator-at-large at the Whitney Museum of American Art ().

Meg is the guest curator for ICA’s current exhibition Carolyn Lazard: Long Take, a site-specific installation utilizing all senses and elements of the gallery environment to reexamine modes of capturing and experiencing performance. The exhibition is the artist’s first US solo exhibition and is on view now through July 9.

She previously organized many brilliant exhibitions at ICA as our Andrea B. Laporte Associate Curator, including the stunning Ulysses Jenkins retrospective to the experimental and multi-layered three-part exhibition Colored People Times, among many others.

We wish Meg the very best in this exciting new role!

Photo by Bryan Derballa

This Saturday, June 17th, immerse yourself in Jerron Herman's artistic vision as he presents a draft of his work-in-prog...
06/13/2023

This Saturday, June 17th, immerse yourself in Jerron Herman's artistic vision as he presents a draft of his work-in-progress, "Lax" – an enthralling solo performance that explores the essence of rest. In the performance, Herman weaves together the motifs of sleep, drawing inspiration from the rhythmic circadian cycle and the evocative textures of bedding textiles.

Jerron Herman on Long Take will be a hybrid event so join us irl or url (via Zoom). The performance will include CART captioning, open audio description, and ASL interpretation. For any questions or additional access requests, please don't hesitate to contact Brittany Clottey at [email protected].

This performance is presented in partnership with with I wanna be with you everywhere, a collective formed by Arika, Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Alice Sheppard and Constantina Zavitsanos.

Alt text: Jerron, a dark-skinned black man, rocks in the middle of a dance floor wearing a silver two piece jumpsuit and neon sneakers. His eyes are closed as audience watches behind him

Photo: Mengwen Cao

ICA will be closed today. As you may know, The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air qua...
06/08/2023

ICA will be closed today. As you may know, The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert. The health and safety of our staff and visitors are our top priority.

As recommended, we hope you stay safe by choosing less strenuous activities, shortening the time you are active outdoors, and staying in the know for all air quality updates.

As we head into summer, we acknowledge incredible supporters like you who fuels our mission. Your steadfast dedication a...
06/06/2023

As we head into summer, we acknowledge incredible supporters like you who fuels our mission. Your steadfast dedication allows us to be a launchpad for groundbreaking artistic practices, a place for connection, and a space where art can creates transformative experiences.

Between the first major museum exhibitions of visionary artists Carolyn Lazard and Terence Nance and our dynamic public programs, the accomplishments we celebrate today are a testament to your profound support.✨⁣⁣⁣⁣

United by our passion for art,  help us continue to pave the way for extraordinary experiences. Together, we will make this summer one for the books! Click the link in our bio to learn more about how you can support ICA this summer.

Photo: Constance Mensh ()

We're excited to kick off a series of improvised movement and sound performances inspired by 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 this weekend!  He...
05/18/2023

We're excited to kick off a series of improvised movement and sound performances inspired by 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 this weekend! 
 
Head to ICA this Saturday, May 20th, where artist and proud stutterer, JJJJJerome Ellis (), offers an improvised movement and musical piece as a gesture of gratitude for Carolyn Lazard’s  work considering the aesthetic and material dimensions of dependency, care, and access. The fun kicks off at 2 pm in-person on our Terrace as well as on Zoom.

Check out the full list of upcoming performances around 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦, including a solo performance by Jerron Herman () at the link in our bio (https://icaphila.org/calendar/performance/). Each performance will be livestreamed and will include audio description, CART captioning and ASL interpretation. Learn more and register on our website.

Today is a day of celebration as we honor the talented members of Penn's Class of 2023! ⁣Let us take a moment to express...
05/12/2023

Today is a day of celebration as we honor the talented members of Penn's Class of 2023!

Let us take a moment to express our deep appreciation for the contributions of our student members who the who have supported ICA across various departments. From the realms of administration, curatorial expertise, MFA docents, marketing, visitor services, and the dedicated individuals on our student board, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering dedication and hard work.⁣

Over the course of your journey, we have had the privilege of forging connections, collaborating, and witnessing your growth. Today, we join you in celebrating your remarkable achievements and look forward to the opportunities that await you on your future endeavors. Congratulations! 🎉⁣

⁣👉Gabriela Daza
👉Faye Parker
👉 Claire Epstein
👉 Anya Miller
👉 Emily ⁣Moon

You’ve written us and we’ve heard you! We’ve reopened pre-registration for this Friday’s In Conversation program with Te...
04/25/2023

You’ve written us and we’ve heard you! We’ve reopened pre-registration for this Friday’s In Conversation program with Terence Nance () and Maori Karmael Holmes ().

Registration is not required but strongly encouraged. Please note, this event will now be taking place on our covered terrace, rain or shine. Can’t wait to see you there!

Join us this and next Sunday for Extra Credit — a programming series for anyone interested in learning about the ideas, ...
04/14/2023

Join us this and next Sunday for Extra Credit — a programming series for anyone interested in learning about the ideas, terms, practices, and history of contemporary art in an informal setting. Our upcoming workshops are hands on opportunities to explore the art-making techniques displayed in our galleries guided by Penn MFA candidates and ICA docents.

🕺 This Sunday, April 16th, Catching On Thieves and Gayoung Lee lead an improvisational dance and live captioning workshop inspired by 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥: 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦.

🎨Next Sunday, April 23rd, Rain Gideon and Lin Li, invite folks to create their own totems or ritual objects using found materials that draw inspiration from the ancestral altars featured in 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮.

Swing by ICA for After Dark: Glow Up an evening like no other presented by the ICA Student Board! Philadelphia students ...
04/10/2023

Swing by ICA for After Dark: Glow Up an evening like no other presented by the ICA Student Board!

Philadelphia students and young artists are invited to enjoy exclusive after hours access to ICA's current exhibitions, and unleash your inner-artist at our screenprinting and face painting stations.

RSVP now at the link in our bio and don't forget to wear your most colorful attire to be a part of the Glow Up! 🌟

Less than a month until the ICA Benefit 2023! Join us on April 27 at the  for an unforgettable celebration of art and co...
04/06/2023

Less than a month until the ICA Benefit 2023!

Join us on April 27 at the for an unforgettable celebration of art and community. This year, we are thrilled to honor cultural luminaries Maori Karmael Holmes and Ken Lum.

We're excited to welcome Philadelphia's own , who will be bringing the beats and keeping us dancing all night long.

Don't miss out on this incredible evening! Click the link in our bio to purchase your tickets or to make a donation. Learn more about the event at icaphila.org.

Less than a month until the ICA Benefit 2023! Join us on April 27 at the  for an unforgettable celebration of art and co...
04/06/2023

Less than a month until the ICA Benefit 2023!

Join us on April 27 at the for an unforgettable celebration of art and community. This year, we are thrilled to honor cultural luminaries Maori Karmael Holmes () and Ken Lum ().

We're excited to welcome Philadelphia's own , who will be bringing the beats and keeping us dancing all night long.

Don't miss out on this incredible evening! Click the link in our bio to purchase your tickets or to make a donation. Learn more about the event at icaphila.org.

Hear from distinguished artists, writers, activists, and disruptors in a series of lectures presented by ICA and the Stu...
03/31/2023

Hear from distinguished artists, writers, activists, and disruptors in a series of lectures presented by ICA and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design (). The artists this season bring varied approaches and techniques that explore themes such as popular culture, q***r life, kinship & community, and de/construction.

Up Next: 
⭐️Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo) on April 7 

⭐️Every Ocean Hughes on April 20

Learn more and register at the link in our bio



On Thursday, April 27, join us for a celebration of art and community at ICA Benefit 2023! We'll be honoring two extraor...
03/30/2023

On Thursday, April 27, join us for a celebration of art and community at ICA Benefit 2023! We'll be honoring two extraordinary cultural leaders Maori Karmael Holmes () and Ken Lum (). Maori is a visionary curator, filmmaker, and writer who currently serves as the Chief Executive and Artistic Officer of BlackStar Projects (). She is Mediamaker-in-Residence at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator-at-Large at Penn Live Arts at Annenberg Center (). Maori is also curator of the current exhibition at ICA, 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮.

In 2019, she was included in Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 List and in 2022 she was included among Philadelphia Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Philadelphians, as well as the “Best Film Ambassador” and named to the Kennedy Center’s Next 50 list of national cultural leaders.

We're thrilled to have Maori as one of our honorees, and we can't wait to celebrate her many contributions to the arts. Get your tickets now! Click the link in our bio to purchase yours or to donate, and learn more about the event and its honorees.

Photo credit: Marcus Maddox (.xoxo)

📣Calling all Philly-based women, trans, and/or gender nonconforming artists creating art for social change! Stop by ICA ...
03/29/2023

📣Calling all Philly-based women, trans, and/or gender nonconforming artists creating art for social change! Stop by ICA Thursday, April 5th for a chance to learn more about 's Leeway Transformation Award. Previous LTA recipients Vernon Jordan III, Arielle Julia Brown, and Madhustmita Bora will share their experiences and answer questions about successfully navigating the application process.

The Leeway Transformation Award (LTA) provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women, trans, and gender nonconforming artists and cultural producers living in greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more. Don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from these talented artists in Leeway's network before the May 15th deadline for the 2023 award.

Click the link in our bio to register for this event.

It was an honor to host Penn President Liz Magill () this week for a visit. Director Zoë Ryan and members of ICA’s staff...
03/25/2023

It was an honor to host Penn President Liz Magill () this week for a visit. Director Zoë Ryan and members of ICA’s staff toured the galleries to showcase ICA’s exciting season of exhibitions.

𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥: 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦
and 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 are on view through July 9. ICA is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6PM. 

Click the link in our bio to learn more about our exhibitions are upcoming programs. 

Photo: Eric Sucar/ Penn Communication

“I want people to feel inspired by the show [to consider] what they might do with their own work. To be able to be freed...
03/22/2023

“I want people to feel inspired by the show [to consider] what they might do with their own work. To be able to be freed, in some ways, [and see that] at the end of the day your work can actually do other things.” - Maori Karmael Holmes ()

Writing for Vogue (), Cassandra Pintro (), enters the creative universe of Terence Nance at 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮. Pintro takes readers through six video installations, including a new 11-minute short and selections from Nance's acclaimed works such as "Random Acts of Flyness”— visitors are invited to navigate the intricate layers of Black boyhood, manhood, and relationships. The exhibition's evocative setting, reminiscent of a Black grandmother's living room, pays homage to the strong women who have inspired Nance's art, including his own mother and grandmother.

Click the link in our bio to read the article in its entirety. 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 is on view through July 9. ICA is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6PM.

Images: Constance Mensh ()

Exploring the depths of spirituality and the effects of gentrification, Terence Nance () and Solange Knowles () delve in...
03/15/2023

Exploring the depths of spirituality and the effects of gentrification, Terence Nance () and Solange Knowles () delve into their Texan roots and their shared creative past in the most recent issue of Interview Magazine (). In preparation for the upcoming debut of Nance's solo exhibition 'Swarm,' the two friends delved into the realm of imaginary companions, or as Nance calls it, 'sentient wounds.' Their artistic collaboration may have been put on hold in the past, but their reunion promises a visionary future.

To read the full interview, click the link in our bio.

Photo: Terence Nance

Join us this week at ICA for two exciting programs in conjunction with the mesmerizing work of filmmaker, writer, actor,...
03/14/2023

Join us this week at ICA for two exciting programs in conjunction with the mesmerizing work of filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician Terence Nance ().  

Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30PM, Penn Live Arts will showcase a selection of Nance's captivating short films, offering a taste of his visionary cinematic style.  
 
Thursday, March 16, 7:30PM, don't miss the debut of 'An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,' a creative mix of live-action and animation that tells the story of Nance's own relationship with a young woman. 

These programs offer a rare glimpse into the boundless imagination of a true visionary, and we can't wait to share them with you. 
 
For more information on these free events, click the link in our bio.  

Photo: Kirby Griffin (.eye.diaries)
 

We’re looking forward to seeing you this evening at the opening of our new season featuring the exhibitions 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤...
03/10/2023

We’re looking forward to seeing you this evening at the opening of our new season featuring the exhibitions 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 and 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥: 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦.

Join us this tonight at 6PM and hear from the artists and curators, indulge in refreshments from and , music from , and show your vibrant inner light with photos from . Walk-ins welcome.

On Saturday afternoon at 4pm hear artist Carolyn Lazard () and curator Meg Onli () in conversation as they discuss the exhibition '𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦'.

Tag and use the hashtag .

Come experience the energy and excitement of contemporary art at ICA this weekend! Click the link in our bio to learn more about ICA's free events.


03/09/2023
Are you a student interested in contemporary art? Join the ICA Student Board. Membership is open for the Spring semester...
01/24/2023

Are you a student interested in contemporary art? Join the ICA Student Board. Membership is open for the Spring semester!

Open to all Penn undergraduate students, the ICA Student Board engages with ICA staff, gaining hands on experience in the world of contemporary art. Members interact directly with artists, curators, and other students and professionals in the field; develop innovative programs; lead student-focused social media initiatives; and have access to ICA’s numerous resources. It is a great opportunity to have a behind the scenes experience of a preeminent contemporary art center.

Sign up with the link in our bio. Applications are due on Wednesday, February 1st.

Last chance to experience 𝘚𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘭 𝘛𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘢𝘴: 𝘙𝘌________! Closing today at 6PM.
12/30/2022

Last chance to experience 𝘚𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘭 𝘛𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘢𝘴: 𝘙𝘌________! Closing today at 6PM.


At ICA, we know the joy of experiencing art in person with others is unparalleled. Supporting ICA makes it possible for ...
12/12/2022

At ICA, we know the joy of experiencing art in person with others is unparalleled.

Supporting ICA makes it possible for us to continue creating unique experiences for our community. Help keep these experiences alive by supporting the ICA Annual Giving Fund! Donate today at www.icaphila.org/givefall.

This Thursday, dive into the entanglements of culture, family history, and the diaspora through installation art with ar...
12/06/2022

This Thursday, dive into the entanglements of culture, family history, and the diaspora through installation art with artist and educator Na Mira. 
 
Presented by ICA and the Weitzman School of Design (), this free public lecture is part of a series that gathers distinguished artists, writers, and designers whose work engages with the social and cultural themes of our time.
 
𝐈𝐂𝐀 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐖𝐞𝐢𝐭𝐳𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐋𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬: 𝐍𝐚 𝐌𝐢𝐫𝐚
𝐓𝐡𝐮, 𝐃𝐞𝐜 𝟖 | 𝟔𝐏𝐌
 
Register to attend this free event in person or over Zoom through the link in our bio or by visiting icaphila.org. Captioning will be available for this program via Zoom.
 
Image: 
Na Mira, night vision (red as never been)_still 4. Courtesy of Na Mira.
 

Tomorrow, we celebrate   and just in time for that day of giving, we want to give thanks to the visitors, students, comm...
11/28/2022

Tomorrow, we celebrate and just in time for that day of giving, we want to give thanks to the visitors, students, community members, artists, curators, art lovers and more, who support ICA’s mission and our work to provide unique and impactful art experiences.

Help us do more of this work by supporting the ICA Annual Giving Fund today. Give now by clicking the link in our bio or visiting www.icaphila.org/givefall.

This giving season, ICA is focused on keeping experiences alive. The ICA experience is created and driven by you, our co...
11/22/2022

This giving season, ICA is focused on keeping experiences alive. 

The ICA experience is created and driven by you, our community of visitors, followers, and supporters-- it is both deeply personal and rooted in the collective. From exhibitions, commissions, virtual tours, and public programs, ICA is committed to creating new and engaging experiences with the art of our time.

Support the ICA Annual Giving Fund! Visit www.icaphila.org/givefall to donate today.

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ICA will be closed today, November 20 due to road closures associated with the Philadelphia marathon. As you make your p...
11/20/2022

ICA will be closed today, November 20 due to road closures associated with the Philadelphia marathon.

As you make your plans for the holidays, we want to remind you of our hours. ICA will be closed Wednesday, November 23 and Thursday November 24, but come visit us on Friday and through the weekend! Admission to ICA is always .

Please note: ICA will be closed today, November 20 due to road closures associated with the Philadelphia marathon. We wi...
11/20/2022

Please note: ICA will be closed today, November 20 due to road closures associated with the Philadelphia marathon.

We will be closed Wednesday and Thursday this coming week and will resume regular hours on Friday.

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Admission ICA is Free. For All! Free admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania for the public is sponsored by the Amanda (C95) and Glenn (W87/WG88) Fuhrman Fund.

Tours Self-guided tours are always Free For All. However, if your group is 10 persons or more, we ask that you fill out a Tour Reservation Form at least 1 week in advance before arriving at ICA. Guided tours are led by professional educators, Penn graduate students and ICA staff. To request a guided tour, please fill out the Tour Reservation Form at least two weeks in advance. One alternate date must be included in all requests. Tours are available during regular ICA gallery hours: Wednesday (11am-8pm), Thursday through Sunday (11am-6pm). Please note that ICA is a non-collecting museum and there are periods where we are closed to the public for the de-install and install process. Please check our website for exhibition dates.

Guided tours are $50 per group. Guided tours are free to all University of Pennsylvania and School District of Philadelphia groups. Teachers are strongly urged to preview exhibitions prior to a tour.

For questions please contact Jessica Johnson, our Visitor Services Coordinator, at [email protected] or 215-898-5307.


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Today is a day of celebration as we honor the talented members of Penn's Class of 2023!

Let us take a moment to express our deep appreciation for the contributions of our student members who the who have supported ICA across various departments. From the realms of administration, curatorial expertise, MFA docents, marketing, visitor services, and the dedicated individuals on our student board, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering dedication and hard work.⁣

Over the course of your journey, we have had the privilege of forging connections, collaborating, and witnessing your growth. Today, we join you in celebrating your remarkable achievements and look forward to the opportunities that await you on your future endeavors. Congratulations! 🎉⁣

⁣👉Gabriela Daza
👉Faye Parker
👉 Claire Epstein
👉 Anya Miller
👉 Emily ⁣Moon

You’ve written us and we’ve heard you! We’ve reopened pre-registration for this Friday’s In Conversation program with Terence Nance () and Maori Karmael Holmes ().

Registration is not required but strongly encouraged. Please note, this event will now be taking place on our covered terrace, rain or shine. Can’t wait to see you there!

Join us this and next Sunday for Extra Credit — a programming series for anyone interested in learning about the ideas, terms, practices, and history of contemporary art in an informal setting. Our upcoming workshops are hands on opportunities to explore the art-making techniques displayed in our galleries guided by Penn MFA candidates and ICA docents.

🕺 This Sunday, April 16th, Catching On Thieves and Gayoung Lee lead an improvisational dance and live captioning workshop inspired by 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥: 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦.

🎨Next Sunday, April 23rd, Rain Gideon and Lin Li, invite folks to create their own totems or ritual objects using found materials that draw inspiration from the ancestral altars featured in 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮.

Swing by ICA for After Dark: Glow Up an evening like no other presented by the ICA Student Board!

Philadelphia students and young artists are invited to enjoy exclusive after hours access to ICA's current exhibitions, and unleash your inner-artist at our screenprinting and face painting stations.

RSVP now at the link in our bio and don't forget to wear your most colorful attire to be a part of the Glow Up! 🌟

Less than a month until the ICA Benefit 2023!

Join us on April 27 at the for an unforgettable celebration of art and community. This year, we are thrilled to honor cultural luminaries Maori Karmael Holmes and Ken Lum.

We're excited to welcome Philadelphia's own , who will be bringing the beats and keeping us dancing all night long.

Don't miss out on this incredible evening! Click the link in our bio to purchase your tickets or to make a donation. Learn more about the event at icaphila.org.

Less than a month until the ICA Benefit 2023!

Join us on April 27 at the for an unforgettable celebration of art and community. This year, we are thrilled to honor cultural luminaries Maori Karmael Holmes () and Ken Lum ().

We're excited to welcome Philadelphia's own , who will be bringing the beats and keeping us dancing all night long.

Don't miss out on this incredible evening! Click the link in our bio to purchase your tickets or to make a donation. Learn more about the event at icaphila.org.

Hear from distinguished artists, writers, activists, and disruptors in a series of lectures presented by ICA and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design (). The artists this season bring varied approaches and techniques that explore themes such as popular culture, q***r life, kinship & community, and de/construction.

Up Next: 
⭐️Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo) on April 7 

⭐️Every Ocean Hughes on April 20

Learn more and register at the link in our bio


On Thursday, April 27, join us for a celebration of art and community at ICA Benefit 2023! We'll be honoring two extraordinary cultural leaders Maori Karmael Holmes () and Ken Lum (). Maori is a visionary curator, filmmaker, and writer who currently serves as the Chief Executive and Artistic Officer of BlackStar Projects (). She is Mediamaker-in-Residence at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator-at-Large at Penn Live Arts at Annenberg Center (). Maori is also curator of the current exhibition at ICA, 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮.

In 2019, she was included in Essence Magazine’s Woke 100 List and in 2022 she was included among Philadelphia Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Philadelphians, as well as the “Best Film Ambassador” and named to the Kennedy Center’s Next 50 list of national cultural leaders.

We're thrilled to have Maori as one of our honorees, and we can't wait to celebrate her many contributions to the arts. Get your tickets now! Click the link in our bio to purchase yours or to donate, and learn more about the event and its honorees.

Photo credit: Marcus Maddox (.xoxo)

📣Calling all Philly-based women, trans, and/or gender nonconforming artists creating art for social change! Stop by ICA Thursday, April 5th for a chance to learn more about 's Leeway Transformation Award. Previous LTA recipients Vernon Jordan III, Arielle Julia Brown, and Madhustmita Bora will share their experiences and answer questions about successfully navigating the application process.

The Leeway Transformation Award (LTA) provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women, trans, and gender nonconforming artists and cultural producers living in greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more. Don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from these talented artists in Leeway's network before the May 15th deadline for the 2023 award.

Click the link in our bio to register for this event.

It was an honor to host Penn President Liz Magill () this week for a visit. Director Zoë Ryan and members of ICA’s staff toured the galleries to showcase ICA’s exciting season of exhibitions.

𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥: 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦
and 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 are on view through July 9. ICA is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6PM. 

Click the link in our bio to learn more about our exhibitions are upcoming programs. 

Photo: Eric Sucar/ Penn Communication

“I want people to feel inspired by the show [to consider] what they might do with their own work. To be able to be freed, in some ways, [and see that] at the end of the day your work can actually do other things.” - Maori Karmael Holmes ()

Writing for Vogue (), Cassandra Pintro (), enters the creative universe of Terence Nance at 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮. Pintro takes readers through six video installations, including a new 11-minute short and selections from Nance's acclaimed works such as "Random Acts of Flyness”— visitors are invited to navigate the intricate layers of Black boyhood, manhood, and relationships. The exhibition's evocative setting, reminiscent of a Black grandmother's living room, pays homage to the strong women who have inspired Nance's art, including his own mother and grandmother.

Click the link in our bio to read the article in its entirety. 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 is on view through July 9. ICA is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6PM.

Images: Constance Mensh ()

Exploring the depths of spirituality and the effects of gentrification, Terence Nance () and Solange Knowles () delve into their Texan roots and their shared creative past in the most recent issue of Interview Magazine (). In preparation for the upcoming debut of Nance's solo exhibition 'Swarm,' the two friends delved into the realm of imaginary companions, or as Nance calls it, 'sentient wounds.' Their artistic collaboration may have been put on hold in the past, but their reunion promises a visionary future.

To read the full interview, click the link in our bio.

Photo: Terence Nance

Join us this week at ICA for two exciting programs in conjunction with the mesmerizing work of filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician Terence Nance ().  

Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30PM, Penn Live Arts will showcase a selection of Nance's captivating short films, offering a taste of his visionary cinematic style.  
 
Thursday, March 16, 7:30PM, don't miss the debut of 'An Oversimplification of Her Beauty,' a creative mix of live-action and animation that tells the story of Nance's own relationship with a young woman. 

These programs offer a rare glimpse into the boundless imagination of a true visionary, and we can't wait to share them with you. 
 
For more information on these free events, click the link in our bio.  

Photo: Kirby Griffin (.eye.diaries)
 
We’re looking forward to seeing you this evening at the opening of our new season featuring the exhibitions 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘕𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦: 𝘚𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘮 and 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘺𝘯 𝘓𝘢𝘻𝘢𝘳𝘥: 𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦.

Join us this tonight at 6PM and hear from the artists and curators, indulge in refreshments from and , music from , and show your vibrant inner light with photos from . Walk-ins welcome.

On Saturday afternoon at 4pm hear artist Carolyn Lazard () and curator Meg Onli () in conversation as they discuss the exhibition '𝘓𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦'.

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Come experience the energy and excitement of contemporary art at ICA this weekend! Click the link in our bio to learn more about ICA's free events.


Are you a student interested in contemporary art? Join the ICA Student Board. Membership is open for the Spring semester!

Open to all Penn undergraduate students, the ICA Student Board engages with ICA staff, gaining hands on experience in the world of contemporary art. Members interact directly with artists, curators, and other students and professionals in the field; develop innovative programs; lead student-focused social media initiatives; and have access to ICA’s numerous resources. It is a great opportunity to have a behind the scenes experience of a preeminent contemporary art center.

Sign up with the link in our bio. Applications are due on Wednesday, February 1st.

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