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Institute of Contemporary Art records

Ms. Coll. 777

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
University of Pennsylvania. Institute of Contemporary Art.
Title:
Institute of Contemporary Art records
Date [inclusive]:
1963-2007
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 777
Extent:
109 linear feet (283 containers)
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Institute of Contemporary Arts is a University of Pennsylvania museum displaying contemporary art. This portion of the collection documents the exhibition files of the Institute of Contemporary Arts from 1963 to 2000.
Cite as:
Institute of Contemporary Arts records, 1963-2007, Ms. Coll. 777, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Founded in 1963 by the visionary dean of the school of architecture, Holmes Perkins, who wanted to expose students to what was “new and happening” in art and culture, ICA has developed an international reputation as a preeminent venue for contemporary art and culture. A non-collecting museum, ICA is also one of the only kunsthalles in America. As part of the University of Pennsylvania, the artist-centric program is complemented by the intellectual rigor of a premier academic institution.

Since its founding, ICA exhibitions have aimed to bring under-recognized artists to the attention of the broader world. This was true in 1965 when ICA organized Andy Warhol’s first ever solo museum show, helping propel him to superstardom; when ICA presented early shows of artists like Laurie Anderson, Richard Artschwager, Vija Celmins, Karen Kilimnik, Charles LeDray, Barry Le Va, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Damian Ortega, Pepon Osorio, Tavares Strachan, and Cy Twombly; and it remains true today.

It is this continued commitment to both accessibility and risk-taking that prompted New York Times art critic Roberta Smith to declare ICA “among the most adventuresome showcases in the country where art since 1970 is concerned…”

History taken in its entirety from Institute of Contemporary Art website.

Scope and Contents

This portion of the collection documents the exhibition files of the Institute of Contemporary Art from 1963 to 2007. The material is arranged chronologically and files may contain exhibition announcements, catalogues, checklists, clippings, correspondence, invitations, notes, photographs, and press releases. Correspondence frequently includes the artist featured in the exhibition.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 May 13

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Exhibition records
  • Photographs
  • Press releases
Subject(s)
  • Art
  • Art museums--United States
  • Artists
  • Museum exhibits

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Collection Inventory

Exhibition files, 1963-2000.

Box

Clyfford Still, 1963.

1, 267, and 273

David Smith, 1964.

1, 267, and 273

The Atmosphere of '64, 1964.

1 and 267

3rd Annual College & University Show, 1964.

1

The Zero Exhibit, circa 1964.

1 and 267

Decisive Years, 1965.

1 and 267

Andy Warhol, 1965.

1 and 270

Current Art, 1965.

1 and 267

7 Sculptors, 1965-1966.

1 and 270

The Other Tradition, 1966.

1 and 270

Atmosphere of '66, 1966.

1

New Art in Philadelphia, 1966.

1

Tony Smith, 1966.

1

Art for the City, 1967.

1

A Romantic Minimalism, 1967.

1

Selected works from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. H. Gates Lloyd, 1967.

1

Bruce Connor, 1967.

1

Jules Olitski: Recent Paintings, 1968.

1

Robert Indiana, 1968.

1

Christo: Monuments and Projects, 1968.

1

Al Held: Recent Paintings, 1968.

2

Plastics and New Art, 1969.

2

Visionary Architects of the 18th Century, 1969.

2

Between Object and Environment: Sculpture in an Extended Format, 1969.

2

Old Master Drawings, 1969.

2

The Spirit of Comics, 1969.

2

Space Diagrams: Will Insley, 1969.

2

The Highway, 1970.

2-3, and 263

A Laser Environment, 1970.

3

Robert Rauschenberg/Graphics, 1970.

3

Two Generations of Color Painting, 1970.

3

Against Order: Chance and Art, 1970.

3

Fritz Glarner, 1971.

3

Paintings 1963-1970, 1971.

3

The Big Auction, 1971.

3

Rafael Ferrer, 1971.

3

William T. Wiley, 1971.

3

Grids (located amongst 1992 files), 1972.

3-4 and 279

The Topography of Nature-Microcosms & Macrocosms, 1972.

4

Graduate Student Showing, 1972.

4

Nancy Graves: Sculpture & Drawing, 1970-72, 1972.

4

Inside Philadelphia, 1972.

5

Six Visions, 1973.

5

Agnes Martin: A Retrospective, 1973.

5-9, 261, and 269

Made in Philadelphia, 1973.

10

A Selection of American & European Paintings from the Richard Brown Baker Collection, 1973-1974.

10

Made in Philadelphia: 2, 1974.

10-11

Mark di Suvero, 1974.

11

Robert Morris: Projects, 1974.

11-12

Philips Simkin: Displacement Projects, 1974.

12

Video Art, 1975.

12-20 and 268

Cy Twombly, 1975.

20-23 and 272

Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture of the 60s and 70s from the Herbert Vogel Collection, 1975-1976.

23A-23B and 278

Made in Pennsylvania: Amish Quilts, 1976.

23B-24 and 278

George Segal: Environments, 1976.

25-26 and 278

Poetry III: Three Poets Read, 1976.

27

The Philadelphia/Houston Exchange, 1976-1977.

28-30 and 278

Joan Jonas: Stage Sets, 1976.

31

Pieces and Performances, 1976.

31-32 and 278

The Substance of Light, 1976-1977.

32

Improbable Furniture, 1977.

33-37 and 278

Books by Eugene Feldman, 1977.

38-39, 262, and 278

Paul Thek: Processions, 1977.

39-42 and 278

Towards an Urban Utopia, 1977.

43-44

Architecture: Seven Architects, 1978.

44-46

Eight Abstract Painters, 1978.

46-48 and 278

Night Marks, 1978.

49

Masters of Modern Sculpture, 1978.

49

Louis I. Kahn, 1978.

49

Dwellings, 1978.

49-52 and 278

Some Twenty Odd Visions, 1979.

52-53

Soundings, 1979.

53-54

Rainforest, 1979.

54-55

Late 20th Century Art, 1979.

56

The Decorative Impulse, 1979.

56-58 and 278

Material Pleasures: The Fabric Workshop at the ICA, 1979.

59-60 and 278

Richard Artschwager's Themes, 1979-1980.

60-61, 264, and 278

Masks/Tents/Vessels/Talismans, 1980.

61-62 and 264

Urban Encounters, 1980.

63-68, 248, 266, and 273

Made in Philadelphia: 3, 1980.

69 and 278

ICA Street Sights, 1980.

69-70, 267, and 278

Fleeting Gestures: Treasures of Dance Performances, 1980.

71

Video Views, 1980.

71

Drawings: The Pluralist Decade, 1980.

72-77 and 278

Projects/Photography: Made in Philadelphia 4 and 5, 1981.

78-79, 266, and 278

Machine works, 1981.

79-82, 258, and 278

ICA Street Sights: 2, 1981.

82-83 and 278

Wayne Theibaud Paintings, 1981.

83-84 and 278

Photography: A Sense of Order, 1981-1982.

84-88 and 278

Robert S. Zakanitch, 1981-1982.

88-90, 271, and 278

The Shape of Space: The Sculpture of George Sugarman, 1982.

91

Red Grooms' Philadelphia: Cornucopia, 1982.

91-94, 257, and 273

Neil Welliver Paintings, 1966-1980, 1982.

94

Image Scavengers: Painting and Photography, 1982-1983.

95-96 and 278

Connections: Bridges/Ladders/Ramps/Staircases, 1983.

96-98 and 278

Investigations, 1983.

278 98-99

Laurie Anderson: 1969-1983, 1983.

99-103 and 273

Expressions: New Art from Germany, 1983-1984.

104 and 259

Made in Philadelphia: 6, 1984.

105-106 and 278

Investigations 1984, 1984.

107-108

The East Village Scene, 1984.

108-111, 247, 265, and 278

Cindy Sherman, 1984-1985.

112

Still Life: Hollywood Photographs, 1984-1985.

112

Images and Impressions: Painters who Print, 1985.

113 and 256

Investigations 1985, 1985.

114-115 and 278

Sidh Armajani, 1985.

116-119 and 278

Awards in the Visual Arts 4, 1985-1986.

120-121 and 278

Arquitectonica: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, 1986.

121-122 and 278

Hollis Frampton, 1986.

122-123

Art in the '80s (lecture series), 1986.

123

Investigations 1986, 1986.

123-125 and 278

David Salle, 1986.

125-132

Italo Scanga: 1972-1985, 1986-1987.

133 and 278

1967: At the Crossroads, 1987.

134-140 and 278

Investigations 1987, 1987.

140-141

Peter Campus: Selected Works, 1973-1987, 1987.

141 and 278

Robert Kushner, 1987.

142-144, 255, and 278

Made in Philadelphia: 7, 1988.

144-146 and 278

Rodney Alan Greenblat's Reality & Imagination, 1988.

146-147 and 278

Past/Imperfect: Eric Fischl, Vernon Fisher, and Laurie Simmons, 1988.

147

Investigations 1988, 1988.

148-149 and 278

The Analytical Theatre: New Art from Britain, 1988.

149 and 278

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, 1988-1989.

150-154

Daniel Buren: Metamorphoses-Works in Situ, 1988-1989.

154-155 and 278

Investigations 1989, 1989.

155-156 and 278

Success is a Job in New York: The Early Art and Business of Andy Warhol, 1989.

156-158

Investigations 1990: Ilya Kabakov, 1990.

158 and 160

Francesca Woodman, 1989-1990.

159-160

Hiroshi Kariya's One Thing is Everything, Everything in One Thing, 1989-1990.

159

Signs of Life: Process & Materials, 1960-1990, 1990.

159, 161, and 279

Philadelphia Art NOW: Artists Choose Artists, 1991.

162-163 and 279

Helen Chadwick: De Light, 1991.

163-164 and 279

David Hammons 1969-90: Raising the Rubble, 1991.

164

Interactions: Collaborations in the Visual and Performing Arts, 1991.

165-168

Dorothy Cross: Power House, 1991.

168-170 and 279

Charles Fahlen: Terra Incognita, 1991-1992.

170 and 279

David Graham: Only in America, 1991-1992.

170

Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back at the Eighties, 1991-1992.

170-176 and 279

Robert Arneson: Guardians of the Secret II, 1992.

279

Karen Kilimnik: Escape in Time, 1992.

279

Betty Woodman: Somewhere between Naples and Denver.

279

Investigations 1992 (Jonathan Lasker, Paintings), 1992.

176-178 and 279

Leon Golub: Paintings, 1987-1992, 1992.

178-179 and 279

El Corazon Sangrante/The Bleeding Heart, 1992.

179-180

Bill Viola: A Slowly Turning Narrative, 1992.

180-181 and 279

Eileen Neff: The Mountain, A Bed, and A Chair, 1992.

180 and 279

Sally Mann, 1992-1993.

182

Vija Celmins, 1992-1993.

182-187 279

Beverly Semmes, 1992.

279 187 and 279

Homer Jackson: High Flying (Investigations 1993), 1993.

187-188 and 279

About Architecture: an Installation by Venuri, Scott Brown & Associates, 1993.

188 and 273

Personal Choice: Selections from 4 Penn Alumni Collections, 1993.

189-190

James Turrell: Works, 1967-1992, 1993-1994.

191

Stuart Netsky: Times Flies, 1993-1994.

190-191 and 279

Marlene Dumas: Miss Interpreted, 1993-1994.

191-192

Mimi Smith: Steel Wool Politics, 1993-1994.

192 and 279

Jose Bedia: De donde vengo, 1994.

192-193 and 279

Conversation Pieces, 1994.

194 and 273

Face Off: The Portrait in Recent Art, 1994.

195-198

Arnold Mesches: Painting, 1983-1993, 1994.

198-200 and 279

Andres Serrano: Works, 1983-1993, 1994-1995.

200-203 and 279

Carrie Mae Weems, 1994-1995.

203 and 279

Judith Schaechter: Heart Attacks, 1995.

204-205

Rachel Whiteread, 1995.

205-206 and 279

Ann Hamilton: Lumen, 1995.

206-207 and 279

Performs: Janine Antoni, Charles Ray, and Jana Sterback, 1995.

207-209

Cho Duck-Hyun, 1995-1996.

209-211

Boris Minailov: After the Fall, 1995-1996.

211-212 and 279

Jeanne Silverthorne, 1996.

212-213 and 279

Gary Hill: Withershins, 1996.

213

You Talkin' to Me?, 1996.

214 and 273

Beyond Belief, 1996.

214-216 and 279

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Jr.: A Restless World, 1996.

216-217

Video Installations: Maureen Conner and Tony Oursier, 1996-1997.

217-218

Winifred Cut 3, 1997.

218

John Kindness, 1997.

218-219

Photography After Photography, 1997.

220-221

Inside Out: Four Artists from Korea, 1997-1998.

221-222

Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming, 1998.

222-225 and 250

Susan Hiller: Wild Talents, 1998.

225-226

Stacy Levy: Urban Oldfields, 1998.

226-227 and 252

From Warhol to Mapplethorpe: Three Decades of Art at ICA, 1998.

227-228

Stephen Pippin: Laundromat/Locomotion, 1998-1999.

229 and 279

Tacita Dean, 1998-1999.

229-230

Three Stanzas, 1999.

231 and 279

Sticker Shock: Artists' Stickers, 1999.

231-233, 253-254, and 279

Biographies: Philadelphia Narratives, 1999.

234-235, 275-276, and 279

Teresita Fernandez, 1999.

236

Sol Le Witt: New Work (Black and Colors), 1999.

236

Jim Isermann: Fifteen, 1999.

236-237 and 279

Terry Adkins: Relay Hymn, 1999.

237-238

David Graham: All American Boy, 1999-2000.

238

Nancy Davidson: Breathless, 2000.

238-239

Against Design, 2000.

239-242, 251, and 279

Wall Power, 2000.

242-245, 249, and 279

Cornelia Parker, 2000.

245

James Mill: Please, Thank You, 2000.

246

Kristin Lucas: Temporary Housing for the Despondent Virtual Citizen, 2000.

246

Hella Jongerius and Jurgen Bey, 0200-2001.

279

Bruce Yonemoto: Disappearance of Memory, 2001.

279

Rudi Gernreich: Fashion Will Go Out of Fashion, 2001.

279

Stratascape, 2001.

279

ICA Ramp Projects: Arturo Henrera, Kimowen McLain, 2001-2003.

279

The Photogenic, 2002.

279

Shoot the Singer, 2002.

279

Project Space: Space 1026, 2002.

279

Charles LeDray, Sculpture, 2002.

279

Edna Andrade: Optical Paintings, 2003.

279

Nadine Robinson (ICA Ramp Projects), 2003.

279

Virgil Marti (ICA Ramp Projects), 2003.

279

ICA 40 Years, 2003.

279

Aleksandra Mir (ICA Ramp Projects), 2004.

279

Judy Pfaff, En Restauro (ICA Ramp Projects), 2004.

279

Ramp Revisited (ICA Ramp Projects), 2004.

279

Trials and Turbulence, Pepon Osorio, 2004.

279

Amy Sillman (ICA Ramp Projects), 2004.

279

John Armleder, About Nothing, 2006.

279

Fertilizers: Olin/Eisenman, 2006.

279

Rodney Grahm: She Stood Up for Herself, 2006.

279

Ensemble, 2007.

279

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1963-1996.

274-275