I is for Institute: RAW Material Company

3 May 2017
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia


Exhibition view of Jacopo Miliani’s A Slow Dance Without Name, Kunsthalle Lissabon, 2016. Photo by Bruno Lopes, 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) presents a conversation with Koyo Kouoh, founding artistic director of RAW Material Company—a center for art, knowledge, and society in Dakar, Senegal. Kouoh will give an overview of RAW’s rigorous and wide-ranging approach to curatorial projects, education initiatives, and residencies.

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.”