“Before” Aerial View of the ICA Site

VCU photographer Allen T. Jones got up in a plane the other day and shot this view of the ICA site and the surroundings at Broad and Belvidere streets. Soon the ICA will rise up there on the busiest corner in RVA, with 60,000 cars go by every day. The actual ICA site is that big, boring parking lot near the bottom, left of the frame. On Monday the lot will begin filling with equipment ready to break ground. So I give you “before” — glamorous “after” shot to come in 2017.

Construction Cam Aimed and Ready

In anticipation of next month’s groundbreaking, a VCU Ramcam has been aimed to pan across the ICA site while it’s under construction. We’re looking forward to watching that parking lot transform from gray-asphalt wasteland into a dynamic public space. The video stream can be seen on our About page. The camera will also capture a daily photo which we’ll compile into a time-lapse video of construction when it’s all said and done in 2017.

Shooting the Milkbox Video

Over the last six months, the ICA team has been working with the talented filmmakers at Milkbox studios in New York to create a video that speaks to why we need the ICA and how important it will be in the larger contemporary art world. A big task, to be sure, but we knew Andrew Bordwin and Ed Nammour of Milkbox were up to it. (more…)

Space and Light by Steven Holl

When he lectured at VCU in 2012, the ICA’s architect Steven Holl walked the standing-room-only audience through some of his amazing projects around the world. He said something that stuck with us:

“You want the idea driving the art.” (more…)

Welcome

Welcome to the Institute for Contemporary Art’s behind-the-scenes blog. This is where we’ll fill you in on all it takes to bring this startup to life. We have many things in the works – from planning the details of the building’s interior to aiming a time-lapse camera at the ICA site – and many supporters making them happen. Here’s where we’ll shine a light on those efforts. It takes a village, people. Stay tuned!

“Virginia’s Favorite Architecture” Exhibition at Virginia Center for Architecture

Architects across the state nominated the ICA’s Markel Center for Virginia’s Favorite Architecture, a contest and exhibition organized by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. After voting by the public, the ICA was ranked no. 49 out of 100 structures. An impressive feat considering the ICA’s Markel Center is the only unbuilt structure on a list that includes Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and Virginia state capitol, as well as other widely regarded structures. The exhibition runs through Oct. 19 at the Virginia Center for Architecture.