Colored People Time: Banal Presents

13 Sep - 22 Dec 2019
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Colored People Time: Banal Presents installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh.

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents the third and final installment of Colored People Time, a three-part project examining the history, present, and future of blackness in America. Banal Presents stages a conversation between artists Carolyn Lazard, Cameron Rowland, and Sable Elyse Smith. As described by the ICA’s website, the artists “occupy a current moment haunted by the ‘afterlife’ of slavery.” The exhibition explores the present as the space where we “bend the relationship between the past and the future,” the ICA notes.

Over the course of the year, ICA has staged three exhibitions, allowing the artists and curator Meg Onli to build and respond to one another’s ideas over time. Previous exhibitions include, Mundane Futures and Quotidian Pasts.