Founded in 1963, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania has developed an international reputation as a preeminent venue for contemporary art and culture. ICA is widely known for exhibiting artists at critical points in their careers. It organized the first museum shows on the work of Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Robert Indiana, and Agnes Martin. A non-collecting museum, ICA is also one of the only kunsthalles in America.
Faced with the daunting task of organizing the first posthumous survey on the art of Jason Rhoades—an artist whose mammoth installations can occupy entire galleries—Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) senior curator Ingrid Schaffner used this discovery grant to consult with the artist's colleagues and collectors in California and Switzerland. Her ultimate goal was to determine if it was possible to represent the artist's oeuvre through a prudent selection of four or five seminal works, as that is all the ICA's building could accommodate. Her findings led to the development of the Center-funded exhibition, Jason Rhoades: Four Roads, on view at the ICA in fall 2013.