The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is a non-collecting institution presenting exhibitions at the forefront of contemporary practice and culture that provoke our multiple audiences to think in new ways. ICA is free for all to engage and connect with the art of our time. Since our inception in 1963, we have welcomed the challenge of the current moment to continually evolve as a responsive institution. We are committed to and advocate for the artists, research, and dialogues that resonate today.
Over our 50 year history, ICA has worked collaboratively with artists on the production of urgent and important contemporary art. Beginning with our inaugural show of paintings by Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still, milestones in our exhibition history include—in addition to the first museum show of works by Andy Warhol in 1965—Laurie Anderson, Richard Artschwager, Vija Celmins, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, and Paul Thek. In recent years, ICA curators have worked with artists including Deborah Anzinger, Alex Da Corte, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Suki Seokyeong Kang, Barbara Kasten, Carolyn Lazard, Rodney McMillian, Ree Morton, Sondra Perry, and Cauleen Smith.