The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) announced today two new exhibitions opening this winter.
Grandfather: A Pioneer Like Us restages the 1974 exhibition by Swiss curator Harald Szeemann, known for his expansive and radical approach to creating exhibitions and working with artists and cultural institutions. The exhibition recreates Szeemann’s apartment in Bern, Switzerland, where he organized the original presentation. It includes approximately 1,200 objects from the personal collection of his grandfather Étienne Szeemann, a famed hairstylist and inventor, culled from the Getty Research Institute’s Harald Szeemann Archive and Library and private collections.
In ICA LA’s Project Room will be a never-before-presented work by longtime Los Angeles performance artist Skip Arnold. Known for his confrontational performances for video and exploration of the body’s limitations, Truffle Hunt marks a formal departure. The exhibition comprises videos, photographs, and other ephemera documenting Arnold and a group of fellow artists’ European road trip in 1998 in search of truffles—a delicacy symbolic of luxury and leisure—also illustrating his ongoing interest in travel and small gestures as informative to artistic practice.