Barbara Kasten: Stages

Institute of Contemporary Art

2014
$300,000

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Barbara Kasten: Stages, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of ICA.

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Barbara Kasten, Axis, 2015, video projection, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art.

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Barbara Kasten: Stages, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Constance Mensh. Courtesy of ICA.

A beneficiary of Bauhaus-inspired teaching and a respected photographer, Chicago-based artist Barbara Kasten has exerted a profound influence on a younger generation of artists working in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and elsewhere. This exhibition, the first major survey of Kasten's work, broadly situates her legacy in relationship to contemporary art, beyond a strictly photographic history. In addition to including her stage designs and installations, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) commissioned Kasten to create a new, large-scale video and light sculpture for its gallery. A citywide, semester-long colloquium for Philadelphia college students addressed an array of issues related to the exhibition, such as: Who gets to be a contemporary artist? Barbara Kasten: Stages has culminated in a full-color catalog from JRP|Ringier, in collaboration with the ICA. Following a successful run in Philadelphia, the exhibition toured to the Graham Foundation as part of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial in October 2015, and will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in Spring 2016.

The ICA received a 2013 Discovery Grant for the planning of Barbara Kasten: Stages.


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.