For months, the lot on the corner of Broad and Belvidere streets has remained vacant except for the sign designating it as the future home of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Last week, nearly 350 people gathered on that lot as VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel broke ground for the ICA.
Last week VCU kicked off construction for its Institute for Contemporary Art with a paint performance and giant backhoe pulling up the pavement at the corner of Broad and Belvidere streets. That corner – and our city – will never be the same.
Virginia Commonwealth University has officially broken ground this week on the Markel Center, the building that will house VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the Institute is sited at a busy intersection at the edge of the Richmond campus, and will serve as a gateway between city and university.
Belvidere and West Broad has long been a frenetic crossroads. The old Elba and Ashland & Chesapeake railway stations were once nearby. Half a dozen city bus lines roll through regularly. And two federal highways and a pair of gas stations cater to motorists. But valet parking was a first for the neighborhood on Tuesday when Virginia Commonwealth University broke ground on its Institute for Contemporary Art, a highly-anticipated new exhibition and performance space.
A major new venue for contemporary art will soon rise in Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University. Next month, the university will break ground on its new Institute for Contemporary Art, scheduled to open in 2016.
work is set to get underway at virginia commonwealth university‘s ‘institute for contemporary art‘ in richmond, USA. designed by internationally acclaimed architect steven holl, the multidisciplinary institution will facilitate visual art, theater, music, dance and film performances for both academic and public audiences, in collaboration with the VCU school of the arts.
This month, we assembled on a perfectly good blacktopped parking lot to hear that Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art was going to happen, giving the city and the urban school a better face to welcome visitors and commuters.
With a shovel of dirt and a splatter of paint, Virginia Commonwealth University’s future Institute for Contemporary Art has officially marked its territory on West Broad Street.
Virginia Commonwealth University on Tuesday broke ground on the Markel Center, the Steven Holl Architects-designed building that will house VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art
As part of the groundbreaking ceremonies at Belvidere and Broad streets for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, significant contributors and officials donned white Tyvek suits, resembling the founding members of Devo, and upon high-rise lifters attempted a splatter action painting demonstration.