The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is a new museum located in Downtown Los Angeles. ICA LA’s revelatory exhibitions of works by international artists, dynamic public programs, and inclusive community partnerships reflect the diversity of Los Angeles and the world, fostering critique of the familiar and empathy with the different.
Designed by the interdisciplinary practice wHY under the leadership of Kulapat Yantrasast, the museum’s 12,700 square-foot facility features 7,500-square-feet of exhibition space, as well as areas for public programs, offices, and special projects.
ICA LA’s mission is to support art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other. Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of fostering artistic experimentation with bold curatorial choices, and connecting with various communities via timely, meaningful, and engaging public programs. ICA LA is committed to making contemporary art relevant and accessible for all. Admission is free.
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Website design and programming: Linked by Air
Some parts of the website are inside out, allowing transparency into the website’s own workings. Both the website and identity trade an eclectic set of commercial and institutional vernaculars to build a surface that is both growing and about growth.
Beneath the surface, ICA LA runs on Economy, an agile content management system that is optimized for creative institutions. ☕
Cursive text is set in Gruenewald VA, a 1970’s standardized primary school script digitized by Pieter Wiegel. Mr. Wiegel creates and maintains an assortment of historical typeface digitizations on his site Cat Fonts.
ICA LA’s typefaces additionally include Arial Narrow and Times.