The galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art have been closed for a few days for exhibit installation, but will throw open their doors in a big way Feb. 2.
That’s when three exhibitions that explore how artists responded to rapidly changing environments in contemporary society launch for the 2018 winter season.
On display through March 25, “Broadcasting: EAI at ICA,” an intergenerational group exhibition on how artists have engaged with video and broadcast, from public access television to instantaneous social media, is organized in partnership with Electronic Arts Intermix. “Broadcasting” will foster a dialogue between early innovators and contemporary practitioners through an installation, screenings and a series of live events. The exhibition will focus on how artists exploit the act of broadcast as a subject, a means of intervention and as a form of participation across a variety of displays. The temporal nature of broadcast television will be emphasized within the gallery, which will double as a participatory event space for public discussions to be transmitted online and via cable access during the run of the exhibition. The physical walls of the gallery will also be transcended by a series of outside collaborations with Lightbox Film Center, PhillyCAM, Scribe, and Slought.
Also up through March 25 is “Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show,” the first comprehensive career survey dedicated to Leibowitz, whose brightly colored, text-based works challenge traditional definitions of fine art and address issues of sexuality, identity and “queer politics.” It includes nearly 350 works — paintings, fabric works, mixed media installations, photography and ephemera created between 1987 and the present — that draw on both a gay and Jewish perspective. “Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show” is organized by the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco
Getting an extended run through Aug. 12 is “Tag: Proposals on Queer Play and the Ways Forward,” a group exhibition that investigates “queer identification” through new communications technologies, such as game design and theory, and how it leads to activism.
Where is the Institute of Contemporary Art?
At the University of Pennsylvania at 118 S. 36th St., Philadelphia.
When’s the ICA open?
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
Do they charge for admission?
Admission is free.
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Learn more about related programming for these winter season highlights at www.icaphilly.org. You can also call (215) 898-7108.