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.
Don’t look now, but little Richmond, Virginia has the most anticipated art museum opening of 2018.
The interim director of the ICA talks about his new gig.
In Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University will open the Institute for Contemporary Art in April.
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.”
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.
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 building comprises a series of irregularly shaped blocks that slot together. Translucent glass panels cover some of the surfaces, offering blurry views in – similar to the luminous Maggie’s Centre that Holl recently completed in London. Others are covered in panels of pre-weathered zinc, which complement the tone of the glass.
Steven Holl’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at VCU is set to open in Richmond, Virginia on April 21, 2018. The building, photographed here by Iwan Baan, will transform the historic Broad and Belvidere intersection, and serve as a gateway between the campus and the city of Richmond.
In advance of opening its April 2018 opening, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a new, non-collecting art institution in Richmond, Va., made changes to its curatorial team.
“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.”
“We are thrilled to have Amber and Enjoli as part of our curatorial team,” said chief curator Stephanie Smith. “Both are dynamic, ambitious, and deeply collaborative thinkers who are poised to make major contributions to their fields.”
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.
“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.”
Positioned at the entryway of VCU’s Monroe Park Campus in the middle of Richmond’s arts district, the new Institute for Contemporary Art is the largest privately funded arts project in the school’s history.
“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.”
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.
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.
“When the ICA opens in April, it will become a platform for open dialogue and sharing perspectives. We can’t wait to welcome Richmond, VCU, and the world into the ICA and begin engaging our visitors through contemporary art and ideas.”
“One of the things that the ICA will do is bring more positive attention to this region as a progressive region that is engaging with the wealth of art and culture that is being produced across the world.”