Declaration

Upcoming Exhibitions

October 28, 2017 – February 25, 2018 

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will unveil the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), a new, non-collecting contemporary art institution designed by Steven Holl Architects in partnership with BCWH Architects. The ICA’s inaugural exhibition, Declaration will explore contemporary art’s power to catalyze change, and will feature painting, sculpture, multimedia works, site-specific installations, and time-based performances by emerging and established artists. Featuring new work and commissions by artists from Richmond and around the globe, “Declaration” will examine themes of protest, social justice, connection, and creative community. The exhibition will remain on view through February 25, 2018.

Artists featured in Declaration include Nidaa Badwan, Martín Bonadeo, Peter Burr and Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Tania Bruguera, Chim Pom, Andrea Donnelly, Edie Fake, Hope Ginsburg, GWAR, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Kate Just, Titus Kaphar, Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., Autumn Knight, Lily Lamberta and All The Saints Theater Company, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Noor Nuyten, Geof Oppenheimer, Cheryl Pope, Paul Rucker, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Marinella Senatore, Jon-Phillip Sheridan, Deb Sokolow, Tavares Strachan, Betty Tompkins, Stephen Vitiello, Levester Williams, and Cassils, among others.

Declaration is co-curated by Stephanie Smith and Lisa Freiman, with Amber Esseiva, Johanna Plummer, and Lauren Ross.

Location
VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center

Admission
Free and open to the public during regular ICA hours

A Forum of Ideas

September 26 – November 20, 2016
During the Spring 2016 semester, graduate and undergraduate VCU interior design students took their studies beyond the studio and into the university’s most high-profile construction project, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at the Markel Center. In this collaboration among ICA staff, VCU School of the Arts Interior Design faculty and BCWH Architecture colleagues (the ICA’s architect), the students examined design challenges presented by the ICA’s forum, a space defined by a lofty ceiling, curved wall, glass facade and a sweeping grand staircase. This presentation reveals the students’ process through sketches and watercolors, study models, furniture and fixture selections, and recorded interviews. Watch the video here.

Location
James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Ave, Richmond, VA

Admission
Free and open to the public during regular library hours

Organized by the VCUArts Department of Interior Design with support from VCU Libraries and the Institute for Contemporary Art

Installation views of select work ©Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU and VCU Department of Interior Design

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Current Exhibitions

Sorry! There are no exhibitions scheduled at this time. We’re busy planning for the official opening in 2017.

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Exhibition Highlights
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  • A Forum of Ideas
    September 26 – November 20, 2016
    During the Spring 2016 semester, graduate and undergraduate VCU interior design students took their studies beyond the studio and into the university’s most high-profile construction project, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at the Markel Center. This presentation reveals the students’ process through sketches and watercolors, study models, furniture and fixture selections, and recorded interviews.
  • Nir Evron: Projected Claims
    Nov. 6, 2015 — Jan. 17, 2016
    Through film, video and photography, Evron examines the architecture and built environment of his home country, Israel, and its areas of conflict. Rather than illustrating explicit images of conflict, Evron concentrates on architectural sites and pristine landscapes.
  • New Dominion
    Jun. 11 — Jul. 17, 2015
    Featuring a selection of artists living and working in Richmond, Virginia, New Dominion addresses the tensions between the past and the future, independence and loyalty, individuality and community.

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Lauren Ross on New Dominion

For years I’ve been a fan and friend of Mixed Greens gallery in New York City so when they reached out to me in the spring and asked me if I wanted to curate a summer show of Richmond artists, I jumped at the chance.  At that point I had been in Richmond for only about 5 months, and felt like I had only just begun to scratch the surface in terms of getting to know local artists and their work.  So I went into overdrive, conducting as many studio visits as I could in the period of about one month.  (more…)

New Dominion

Venue: Mixed Greens, NYC
Curator: Lauren Ross, Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

Featuring the work of Richmond artists Sonya Clark, Ben Durham, John D. Freyer, Susie Ganch, Hope Ginsburg, Noa Glazer, Arnold Joseph Kemp and Richard Roth. With a subtle nod to Richmond’s history and its present, the exhibition presents works that touch on tensions between the past and the future, independence and loyalty, individuality and community.

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Image: Susie Ganch, From the Pile Series: Triangle Trade, 2015, mixed media and collected detritus (detail).  Courtesy of the artist and Quirk Hotel, Richmond.

Nir Evron: Projected Claims

This fall, the ICA presents the largest U.S. exhibition of work by Israeli artist Nir Evron at VCUarts’ Depot Gallery. Through film, video and photography, Evron examines the architecture and built environment of his home country and its areas of conflict. Rather than illustrating explicit images of conflict, Evron concentrates on architectural sites and pristine landscapes.

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Location
Depot Gallery, 814 West Broad St
Tues–Fri, 10–5 / Sat & Sun, 12–5
Closed Mondays & Dec 19—Jan 3 for Winter Break
Free and open to the public

About the Artist
Nir Evron lives in Tel Aviv. He has had solo exhibitions at LAXART in Los Angeles; the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Herzeliya Museum of Contemporary Art; among other venues. His work has been included in group exhibitions at such venues as The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and Neuberger Museum of Art, and has been included in many international exhibitions, including the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); The International Center of Photography Triennial in New York (2013); and the 6th Berlin Biennale (2010). His work is in the collections of Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; The Israel Museum; and The Tel Aviv Museum. Evron is the 2015 recipient of the Miron Sima Prize for the Visual Arts, a biannual prize awarded to Israeli artists. Evron received his BFA in photography and media from Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and his MFA from the Slade School of Art in London. Since 2007, he has been a professor of photography at Bezalel. He is represented by Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv.

In conjunction with the presentation of Projected Claims, Evron is in residence at VCU’s acclaimed School of the Arts during the fall 2015 semester, teaching in the Department of Photography and Film.

Support for Nir Evron: Projected Claims is provided by The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Altria Group. This exhibition is presented in collaboration with VCU School of the Arts and the Depot Gallery. Evron’s residency is made possible by the Israel Institute, which is dedicated to enhancing knowledge and study of modern Israel, and by the VCU Global Education Office through a 2015-16 Quest Impact Award.

VCU Institute for Contemporary Art Pavilion at the Fall Line Fest

The VCU Institute for Contemporary Art presents Aziz + Cucher’s video installation, Synaptic Bliss, on the site of its future home during the two-day Fall Line Fest along Broad Street, Friday, Sept. 6 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12-8 p.m. Prior to the festival, artists Aziz + Cucher will speak at the Grace Street Theater on Friday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. All events were free and open to the public. Special thanks to Altria whose generous support made this event possible.

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