Chris Emile and Jackson Kroopf present MEND, a meditative short film that traces performances of masculinity through interview, cinema, and contemporary dance. The performance and screening was followed by a conversation with Chris Emile and Jackson Kroopf, moderated by Jheanelle Brown.
The Polyphony Quartet is the result of years of individual study at the Polyphony Conservatory and music making in Polyphony’s Youth Orchestra and the Galilee Chamber Orchestra. The Quartet brings together violinists Yamen Saadi, Edi Kotlyar, violist Yuval Yatzkin, and cellist Mahdi Saadi for a performance of western classical music and Jewish and Middle Eastern folk tunes.
Sadie Barnette’s newest project reimagines her father’s bar—the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco. Sadie Barnette is in conversation with Rodney Barnette celebrating their birthday and the legacy of the Eagle Creek Saloon.
Artist and educator Nayland Blake in conversation with ICA LA Curator Jamillah James about their multidisciplinary practice as it considers the complexities of representation today. Part of Open House at ICA LA.
Contemporary art and food are frequently paired together in artist projects and exhibitions in order to explore the sensorial to the political. This panel features individuals working at the intersection of art and food who will discuss why it is repeatedly mined by artists and art institutions, and what it means for the public to experience this topic in new ways within cultural spaces.
Scholar Jennifer Doyle presents her approach to difficulty as encountered in visual and performance art. Taking her cue from artist Patty Chang’s work, which confronts quite heavy, difficult subject matter, Doyle invites the audience to discuss the place of difficulty in the relationship between form and content; between seeing and feeling.
Artists David Brognon and Stéphanie Rollin, aka Brognon-Rollin, are recognized for absorbing strong contexts—from prisons to corporate factory shut downs to under-resourced schools. For Maybe Some of Us Will Change This with ICA LA and the FLAX Foundation, they will present their approaches to make conceptual work that hacks social realities.
The Open House for Spring/Summer exhibitions at ICA LA features a conversation around The Wandering Lake 2009-2017 between artist Patty Chang and Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the Queens Museum; moderated by ICA LA Curator Jamillah James. The group discusses the development and realization of the project as well as the arc of Chang’s work.
In conjunction with his first U.S. solo museum exhibition, An Enormous Oar, the New York-based photographer, Lucas Blalock and ICA Curator, Jamillah James discuss the nature of his practice, which employs both traditional and digital techniques.
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.
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.
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 explores questions and issues provoked by the example of Laich, as the panelists share interpretations of authorship, originality, and authenticity.
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.
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.
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.