I is for Institute: Local Context

22 Feb 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia


Excursus III: Ooga Booga, screening of Don’t Need You (directed by Kerri Koch-Ramos, 2006, 40 min). Screening was followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and ICA Spiegel Fellow, Grace Ambrose.

In conjunction with its year-long discovery project, I is for Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) holds a roundtable discussion on the state of the local cultural ecology with representatives from a range of Philadelphia-area contemporary art organizations. Moderated by ICA curator Alex Klein and curatorial fellow Gee Wesley, the conversation invites participants to reflect on the work of their host organizations and offer a broader analysis of the arts in Philadelphia.

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 the founding mission of ICA 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.”