The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art, also known as the ICA, has the philosophy that art and artists have the ability to both inform and inspire. Admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art is free to the public and the ICA invites everyone to come and enjoy their upcoming exhibitions.

April 22 to August 16, 2015
Consider the Belvedere: Julia Feyrer and Tamara HendersonCanadian artists Julia Feyrer and Tamara Henderson have collaborated to weave a tapestry that cut across the art mediums of sculpture, film, writing and publishing with an exhibition of cocktail furniture, drinking songs, nighttime newspapers, film sets, unconscious meanderings and dream states.

Feyrer’s and Henderson’s presentation expands on an exposition the artists recently presented at the Walter Phillips Art Gallery at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. Imagined as sort of a theatrical set, the display centers on two 16mm films, “Bottles Under the Influence” released in 2012 and “Consider the Belvedere” released in 2015.

The first film, Bottles Under the Influence, showcases antique glass bottles from the Historical Museum of Wine & Spirits in Stockholm, Sweden. The bottles are representative of performers that are staged and then observed, projected upon, used and finally destroyed.

Shot on location at the Banff exhibition, the second film, Consider the Belvedere will make its premiere at the ICA and is a collaborative assignment between host institutions. This exhibition will be livened up by performances on specially selected dates and will be augmented by a book produced specifically for the occasion of the ICA exposition.

Consider the Belvedere was organized at ICA by Program Curator Dorothy, Stephen R. Weber and Alex Klein.

April 22 to August 16, 2015
Do/Tell: Erin Bernard, Heather Hart, Rachel Mozman and Akosua Adoma Owusu

Do/Tell is a collaborative group exhibition focusing on exploring how the concepts of home and family are formed. Using the act of story-telling, Do/Tell brings film and photography as well as an archival presentation together with an array of related programs.

Organized by students from the University of Pennsylvania’s Spiegel-Wilks Contemporary Art Seminar, the Do/Tell exposition came from student’s research on the 1994 ICA presentation by Carrie Mae Weems. The Do/Tell exhibition will be set up in The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art Project and Ramp Space. For more information visit the Institute of Contemporary Art website at or call 215-898-7108.

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