About Field Workshop
In addition to ICA LA’s dynamic exhibition program, we are dedicated to creating opportunities for learning and engagement. Our programs respond to the latest cultural, civic, and social activities taking place in Los Angeles, and the world at large.
In order to better understand what is happening across our vast city and to engage with a range of individuals and organizations working with the issues most relevant to our publics, our team conducts a lot of fieldwork. Through a network of artists and community groups, we have explored homelessness, migrant detention, food justice, the prison system, solar energy, virtual reality technologies, and more. Working in the field allows us to learn, to connect, to support, and to share.
This past January, we decided to dedicate our retail space to programming for the year, to serve as an on-site extension of the in-depth research, dialogue, and exploration we do out in the field—and thus emerged the Field Workshop. The Field Workshop is a raw space where one can incubate, discuss, prepare, and present ideas and actions. Most recently, we hosted the Los Angeles Artist Census.
Now that the museum is allowed to reopen—with the necessary safety measures in place to protect our staff and visitors from COVID-19—and because we are committed to taking tangible steps in support of the momentus movement for racial justice and human rights, we are dubbing the summer “the season for action.” July and August will be dedicated to reigniting the Field Workshop for Action Projects, and we invite you to propose a project for consideration.
Field Workshop: Action Projects
ICA LA will make its Field Workshop space available for use by artists and community groups dedicated to the movement for change. We considered short-term projects and activities that focus on learning, civic engagement, and self-care.
Field Workshop: Action Projects
Aug 11 and Aug 13 Collective Chorus
An art and activism workshop for youth using language and space. Artists:Kristin Bauer, Julio Cesar Morales, Mario Ybarra, Jr.
Aug 16 Big City Forum: Stories That Move
Big City Forum will explore the meaning and role of art organizations and networks in times of upheaval through an analysis of its own history and evolution. BCF is in residency for 3 days but invites an open community workshop on Aug 16 via Zoom. Artists/collaborators: Leonardo Bravo, Cynthia Vargas, Reina Imagawa, Jeremy Rosenberg
Stories That Move Community Workshop: Aug 16, 2-5pm.
Pre-register to participate via Zoom here.
Aug 20 Radical Pedagogies
A project that instigates conversation, thinking, and action around the state of education and the ways it reinscribes the violences and inequities it purports to undo. An open discussion will be held on Aug 20 via ZOOM. Artists: Johanna Breiding, EJ Hill, Dylan Mira, Litia Perta, Kandis Williams
Radical Pedagogies Open Discussion: Aug 20, 2-5pm:
Pre-register to participate via Zoom here
Who Are The BIPOC Abstract Artists?—A research and discussion session about the creation of a BIPOC abstract artist directory. Artists: Maysha Mohamedi, Laura Owens, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth
Aug 21 We Are All Americans
Podcast recording sessions about what it means to be American. Artist: Michele Jaquis
Podcast Recording Session 1: 1pm-2pm; RSVP here Podcast Recording Session 2: 2pm-3pm; RSVP here Podcast Recording Session 3: 3pm-4pm; RSVP here Podcast Recording Session 4: 4pm-5pm; RSVP here Podcast Recording Session 5: 5pm-6pm; RSVP here
Aug 22-23 Filling the Void: Confronting Ableism in the Art Space
Discussions around disability and ableism in the physical and critical spaces of the art community. Artist: Panteha Abareshi
Onsite Session 1 at ICA LA (limited to 15): Aug 22 from 3-5pm; rsvp here
Onsite Session 2 at ICA LA (limited to 15): Aug 23 from 3-5pm; rsvp here
Virtual Session 1 via Google Meet link here: Aug 22 from 3-5pm
Virtual Session 2 via Google Meet link here:Aug 23 from 3-5pm
Aug 25-29 Climate Crisis Hotline
Development of a confessional space to respond to our collective environmental distress. Artists/collaborators: Space Saloon & Creative Migration
Aug 30 PeoplesLab: The Color of Whiteness
A reflexive, critical, and spatial exploration of Whiteness. Artist: Dorit Cypis
Sept 1-5 Undanced Dances Through Prison Walls During a Pandemic—Choreographic embodiment of dances written by the incarcerated community at Norco prison. Lead choreographer: Suchi Branfman; other collaborators TBA.