Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

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Institute of Contemporary Art
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Location118 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′15″N 75°11′41″W / 39.9542°N 75.1948°W / 39.9542; -75.1948Coordinates: 39°57′15″N 75°11′41″W / 39.9542°N 75.1948°W / 39.9542; -75.1948
DirectorZoë Ryan
ArchitectAdèle Naudé Santos
OwnerUniversity of Pennsylvania
Public transit accessSEPTA.svg 36th Street:

The Institute of Contemporary Art or ICA is a contemporary art museum in Philadelphia. The museum is associated with the University of Pennsylvania, and is located on its campus. The Institute is one of the country's leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time. Robert Chaney is its Director of Curatorial Affairs.[1]


Since its founding in 1963 by Holmes Perkins,[2] the ICA has established a reputation for identifying artists of promise who later emerge in the international spotlight. The ICA has exhibited the first museum shows of Andy Warhol,[3] Laurie Anderson,[4] Agnes Martin,[5] and Robert Indiana.[6] The ICA does not have a permanent collection, but new exhibits are shown three times a year, with approximately twelve shows annually. ICA offers educational programs, artist talks, lectures, films and tours.

Early shows included works by Richard Artschwager, Vija Celmins, Karen Kilimnik, Charles LeDray, Barry Le Va, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pepon Osorio, Tavares Strachan, and Cy Twombly.[2] Other featured artists have included Gillian Wearing, Yoshitomo Nara, John Armleder, Robert Crumb, Kate Gilmore, and Odili Donald Odita.

Roberta Smith of the New York Times wrote in 2007 that the ICA is "among the most adventuresome showcases in the country where art since 1970 is concerned. It chooses its subject well, keeps things accessible through the judicious use of well-written labels and brochures, and takes risks that prove that the curatorial discipline is alive and kicking".[7] In 2009, Smith also observed, "On a surprisingly regular basis, the tiny Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania here mounts exhibitions that make the contemporary-art adventures of many larger museums look blinkered, timid and hidebound."[8]

The ICA was previously headquartered in Meyerson Hall. The current modern gallery building was built in 1990 and designed by Adèle Naudé Santos,[9] who later became the dean of Architecture at MIT.


  1. ^ "ICA - Philadelphia, PA - About, Staff". Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  2. ^ a b "ICA - Philadelphia, PA - About". Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  3. ^ "ICA - Philadelphia, PA - Andy Warhol". Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, PA. 1965. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  4. ^ "ICA - Philadelphia, PA - Laurie Anderson: Works from 1969–1983". Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, PA. 1983. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  5. ^ "ICA - Philadelphia, PA - Agnes Martin". Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, PA. 1977. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  6. ^ "ICA - Philadelphia, PA - The Capricious Sky / Group Zero (1964)". Institute of Contemporary Art - Philadelphia, PA. 1964. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  7. ^ Smith, Roberta (2007-05-30). "Karen Kilimnik - Art - Review - Philadelphia". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  8. ^ Smith, Roberta (2009-03-19). "A Crucible of Creativity at Institute of Contemporary Art". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  9. ^ "Building Locations". University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Services. Retrieved 2018-03-22.

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