Colored People Time: Quotidian Pasts

26 Apr - 11 Aug 2019
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Kevin Jerome Everson, IFO, 2017, 16mm film projected, sound, 10 minutes, Photo courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents the second installment of a three-part project examining the history, present, and future of blackness in America. Quotidian Pasts examines the complexities of collecting and displaying African objects and asks visitors to consider questions: What confers authenticity? How does an object change when dislocated from its time and place within the context of the museum?

The exhibition, co-curated with anthropologist Monique Scott and featuring new work by Matthew Angelo Harrison, is presented in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Over the course of the year, ICA is staging three exhibitions, allowing the artists and ICA curator Meg Onli to build and respond to one another’s ideas over time. The final exhibition chapter, Banal Presents, will be on view from September 13 through December 22.