Can art change the world, or does it survey the downfalls of civilization from afar? Is social practice socially relevant? Are symbolic gestures political? Does the imaginative become transformative?
ICA LA’s Boxing Philosophical series invites independent scholar and artist Kandis Williams and curator Bill Kelley Jr. to consider these important questions with philosopher Rossen Ventzislavov, who returns to the series as moderator/instigator.
To mark the inauguration of New York-based sculptor B. Wurtz’s first major U.S. museum survey, the artist will be in conversation with ICA LA Curator, Jamillah James. James and Wurtz will discuss a variety of topics including the nature of Wurtz’s practice, his background as an artist, and his ICA LA exhibition B. Wurtz: This Has No Name.
In conjunction with the exhibition This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich & Many Other Artists, ICA LA returns with a second iteration of Boxing Philosophical on the topic of authorship and artistic agency. For more than three decades, artist Norm Laich has straddled two distinct roles—as masterful “brush for hire” for other artists and as an artist in his own right. How do we attribute authorship when it is split between execution and idea? The debate will explore the questions and issues provoked by the example of Laich, as the panelists share interpretations of authorship, originality, and authenticity.
Signs of Los Angeles: A Conversation about Sign Painting and the City. Legendary sign painter and educator Ralph “Doc” Guthrie and multiple media artist Michael C. McMillen reflect on the omnipresence of signs and how they shape the look of the urban environment. Moderated by Tucker Neel.
A conversation with artists Meg Cranston and Norm Laich, moderated by ICA LA director of Learning and Engagement Asuka Hisa. Norm Laich, artist and sign painter, is the subject of the exhibition This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich & Many Other Artists, co-curated by Meg Cranston and John Baldessari at the ICA LA. This conversation took place on the opening day of the exhibition.
Inspired by Claudia Rankine’s prose-poetry book Citizen: An American Lyric, students at Metropolitan High School wrote original poetry with poet Vanessa Villareal and create collages with artist Miwa Matreyek. The final animation by Matreyek beautifully synthesizes the collaborative work with the students. Special thanks to the students of Metropolitan High School, Principal Richard Jenssen, and faculty members who made this possible. This project was made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Andrea Fraser reads from her essay Toward a Reflexive Resistance
A conversation between guest curator Jackie Clay and artist Ayanna U'dongo about the exhibition sisters and brothers, on view in ICA LA’s Annex.
Artist Rafa Esparza discusses his new exhibition de la Calle on view in the ICA LA Project Room.
Through anecdotes, archived notes, and personal accounts, ICA LA executive director Elsa Longhauser and curator Philipp Kaiser will discuss the singular mind of Harald Szeemann.
Harald Szeemann’s radical exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bern and subsequent experiments at documenta and the Venice Biennale challenged the limits of the art institution and its methods of display. Making Museums is a discussion between artists and curators who have created their own museums and, like Szeemann, disrupted the conventions of exhibition-making.
Glenn Phillips, Curator and Head of Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute, and Melissa Huddleston, Assistant Conservator, discuss the process of reconstructing Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us, a herculean endeavor that brings together seven years of intensive research and and hundreds of original objects.