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Temporary ICA Offices in the Works

During the two-year construction, the ICA team will take up residence in the VCU Real Estate Foundation-owned former Ramekins restaurant space on Broad Street, next to the gorgeous, new VCUarts Depot building and just a half-block west of the ICA. We’ll be able to keep tabs on construction and host some small events. To help transform the temporary… Read more »

Groundbreaking Behind-the-Scenes Shots

Last week paint splashed down on the corner of Broad and Belvidere streets in Richmond marking the beginning of what will transform that corner — and this city. Nearly 350 people gathered for the groundbreaking of the Markel Center, the Steven-Holl-Architects-designed building that will house the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Leaders from Markel Corporation… Read more »

“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… Read more »

Watch Lisa Freiman Defend Imagination

Lisa Freiman

ICA Director Lisa Freiman’s TED Talk “Defending Imagination” from April’s TEDxRVA has just been released. Watch her 11-minute talk to get an idea of why Lisa believes we all need art in our lives — now more than ever. Watch the video here.

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… Read more »

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… Read 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.”

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… Read more »

“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… Read more »