Building Expectations

These area construction projects will have an impact on everything from the region’s cultural offerings to downtown commerce and our daily commute.

Retired VCUarts dean appointed as new ICA Director

Retired VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel will serve as Interim Director of the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) following Lisa Freiman stepping down from the position earlier this month.

Interview: Joe Seipel

The interim director of the ICA talks about his new gig.

‘I Don’t Really Collect Art. I Trade Art.’

Almost every morning, the architect Steven Holl wakes in his loftlike West Village apartment just before sunrise, climbs to an elevated platform by windows that offer a panoramic view of Manhattan, and paints. “Sometimes it’s a building I’m working on — they’re the concept drawings,” said Mr. Holl, 70. “Other times, it has nothing to do with any building. I just do what I feel.”

Art Movements

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University promoted Amber Esseiva to assistant curator and appointed Enjoli Moon as adjunct assistant curator of film.

9 of the Most Beautiful Buildings Opening in 2018

Architect Steven Holl’s refined contemporary art gallery for Virginia Commonwealth University will open its doors on April 21 with a timely exhibition exploring themes of protest and social injustice.

The 12 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018

The genius of Steven Holl’s design is that, while the architecture is masterfully uniform, the usage of its interior is anything but that. The ICA will be used as a cafe bar, a gallery space, a 240-seat auditorium for film screenings, performances, and lectures, as well as a fabrication workshop.

In Progress: Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU / Steven Holl Architects

“We designed the ICA to be a flexible, forward-looking instrument that will both illuminate and serve as a catalyst for the transformative possibilities of contemporary art,” said architect Steven Holl. “Like many contemporary artists working today, the ICA’s design does not draw distinctions between the visual and performing arts. The fluidity of the design allows for experimentation, and will encourage new ways to display and present art that will capitalize on the ingenuity and creativity apparent throughout the VCU campus.”

Best Arts and Culture of 2017

“The ICA will put Richmond on the map for art for anyone who already didn’t realize what a thriving and vibrant arts community we have.”

ICA to open in April

Following construction delays on its Steven Holl Architects–designed inaugural home, the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond said that it will open in April.

VCU ICA Gets Opening Date

The new Steven Holl-designed Institute for Contemporary Art, which has now successfully completed its $37 million capital campaign, will open at Virginia Commonwealth University on April 21.