I is for Institute: Kunsthalle Lissabon

14 Mar 2017
International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia


Machete Group, Intention, discussion at ICA, presented as part of First Among Equals co-curated by Alex Klein and Kate Kraczon. Photo courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

As part of its year-long discovery project, I is for Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) will present a film screening of The Mesh and the Circle, a collection of visual testimonies on gesture, symbolism, and labor by Portuguese artists Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela. Following the screening, Caló and Queimadela will take part in a conversation with Luís Silva and João Mourão, co-directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon.

I is for Institute is a multi-part investigation into the idea of “institutionality,” in which the ICA will determine how to dynamically plan for the future and increase audience engagement with the institution and its programs. Over the course of the project, the ICA will engage in archival research on its founding mission and its peer institutions, followed by a public survey and interviews with art historians, curators, and artists about the meaning, boundaries, and opportunities inscribed in the word “institute.”