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Mending the Social Fabric: Richmond’s New Institute for Contemporary Art

Art in America

May 9, 2018

On a second-floor balcony of the new Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, a forty-foot-long signage-sculpture proclaims a message of inclusivity: “You belong here.”

In Richmond, a dramatic new structure is unlike any other in town

The Washington Post

May 8, 2018

Even if you don’t recognize the hallmarks of architect Steven Holl’s style, you could probably identify his new Markel Center on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus. It is a glass- and zinc-clad structure that plays subtle games with boxes and angled forms, presenting a dramatic trapezoid of frosted glass to announce its entrance and atrium space.

Image of the I C A from Belvidere Street

Glass welcomes the Institute for Contemporary Art – a major contemporary space in Richmond, Virginia

Glass

May 8, 2018

THE recent opening of the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond marks an important moment for the city. The striking, silver-hued building, with its titanium-zinc and etched-glass exterior, is the first significant arts institution in the region to be committed to the display of contemporary art.

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Steven Holl Architects’ Game-Changing New Arts Building for Virginia Commonwealth University

Architectural Record

May 8, 2018

The new Markel Center at Virginia Commonwealth University's Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Richmond anchors its busy corner site at the edge of campus like an urban-scaled sculpture, its cool, pre-weathered titanium zinc and etched glass acting in concert to form a building that, in certain light, appears monolithic.

The ICA at the Markel Center, at night with sign

A New Contemporary Art Museum in Virginia Leads with Politics

Hyperallergic

Apr 24, 2018

Declaration, the first show at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth Institute, foregrounds work dealing with social justice, belonging, and the erosion of time.

Markel Center at night

The Ethereal Glass Façades of Steven Holl Architects

Architizer

Apr 24, 2018

In their 40-plus years of practice, his firm, Steven Holl Architects, has gained a reputation as the masters of this immaterial material. They have devoted themselves to capturing light’s ephemeral qualities in their architecture, creating translucent glass façades that shift subtly throughout the day and illuminate their surroundings in the night.

Markel Center at night

Virginia Commonwealth University Debuts Their New Institute for Contemporary Art

Cultured Magazine

Apr 24, 2018

This spring, architecture and art convene in a striking 41,000-square-foot, three-story sculptural addition to Richmond’s downtown—privately funded with $41 million. Design connoisseurs would be well advised to make the two-hour trip from Washington, D.C. for the building alone.

Markel Center at night

Virginia University’s $41m Kunsthalle Aims to Bridge Town-Gown Divide

The Art Newspaper

Apr 20, 2018

A splashy new Institute for Contemporary Art is due to open on 21 April at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, whose graduate fine arts programmes are ranked among the best in the United States. The ICA, a non-collecting institution, will exhibit local and international art in a $41m zinc-clad building designed by Steven Holl Architects.

The Royall Forum inside the Markel Center

Inside the Institute for Contemporary Art Before Saturday’s Opening

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Apr 18, 2018

You’ve seen it rise at the corner of Broad and Belvidere streets, the shiny zinc-clad modern marvel that will house the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University.

A collage of images of Richmond, VA

You’re Going Where?: Richmond

Washington Post

Apr 18, 2018

A Virginia city stuck in the middle is full of superlatives, with noted architecture, natural wonders (white water inside its confines!) and thriving scenes involving food and the arts.

Markel Center at night

Can a University Art Museum Break Out of the Ivory Tower? A New Institute of Contemporary Art Proposes an Ambitious Vision in Virginia

artnet

Apr 17, 2018

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University opens this weekend in Richmond with ambitions no less lofty than these. The public university with 31,000 students and a highly-ranked art school hopes the $41 million Steven Holl-designed museum will propel it to international prominence.

The ICA at the Markel Center

Countdown to Launch

Style Weekly

Apr 10, 2018

Inside the busy preparation to open the city’s new architectural jewel, the Institute for Contemporary Art.

Photo of the Reflecting Pool in the Thinking Field. Photo by Iwan Baan

Institute for Contemporary Art opening ‘is a big deal’

Virginia Business

Mar 29, 2018

Joseph Seipel is elated about the publicity Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art has received in the U.S. and internationally. “It’s astounding,” says Seipel, ICA’s interim director. “This is a big deal in the world of creative art.”

Artist Lee Mingwei installing the Mending Project

Your First Look Inside the Institute for Contemporary Art

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Apr 1, 2018

The Institute for Contemporary Art sits on the corner of Belvidere and West Broad streets, like a silver-winged present, waiting to be opened.

Photo of the Reflecting Pool in the Thinking Field. Photo by Iwan Baan

New Contemporary Art Institute Reverberates in Richmond’s Historic Landscape

New York Times

Apr 1, 2018

On a street that once marked the boundary between black and white communities in Richmond, Va., a gleaming new Institute for Contemporary Art is set to open this spring with an exhibit called “Declaration” that will boldly confront pressing social issues in a city that was once the capital of the Confederacy.

Image of the I C A from Belvidere Street

Building Expectations

Richmond Mag

Apr 1, 2018

These area construction projects will have an impact on everything from the region’s cultural offerings to downtown commerce and our daily commute

Interim Director Joe Seipel

Retired VCUarts dean appointed as new ICA Director

Commonwealth Times

Apr 1, 2018

Retired VCUarts Dean Joe Seipel will serve as Interim Director of the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) following Lisa Freiman stepping down from the position earlier this month.

Photo of the Reflecting Pool in the Thinking Field. Photo by Iwan Baan

The Coolest Things Opening in America in 2018

Thrillist

Apr 1, 2018

Don’t look now, but little Richmond, Virginia has the most anticipated art museum opening of 2018.

Interim Director Joe Seipel

Interview: Joe Seipel

Style Weekly

Apr 1, 2018

The interim director of the ICA talks about his new gig.

New Museums, Destinations and Openings Around the US in 2018

U.S. News - January 2018

Jan 3, 2018

Photograph of I C A architect Steven Holl. Photo by Liz Ligon.

‘I Don’t Really Collect Art. I Trade Art.’

The New York Times

Dec 19, 2017

Almost every morning, the architect Steven Holl wakes in his loftlike West Village apartment just before sunrise, climbs to an elevated platform by windows that offer a panoramic view of Manhattan, and paints. “Sometimes it’s a building I’m working on — they’re the concept drawings,” said Mr. Holl, 70. “Other times, it has nothing to do with any building. I just do what I feel.”

Amber Esseiva and Enjoli Moon

Art Movements

Hyperallergic - December 2017

Dec 15, 2017

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University promoted Amber Esseiva to assistant curator and appointed Enjoli Moon as adjunct assistant curator of film.

I C A Belvidere Entrance. Photo: Iwan Baan

9 of the Most Beautiful Buildings Opening in 2018

Galerie Magazine - December 2017

Dec 22, 2017

Architect Steven Holl’s refined contemporary art gallery for Virginia Commonwealth University will open its doors on April 21 with a timely exhibition exploring themes of protest and social injustice.

I C A Thinking Field. Photo by Iwan Baan

Steven Holl’s Institute for Contemporary Art Comprises Sculptural Blocks of Zinc and Translucent Glass

dezeen - December 2017

Dec 21, 2017

The building comprises a series of irregularly shaped blocks that slot together. Translucent glass panels cover some of the surfaces, offering blurry views in – similar to the luminous Maggie’s Centre that Holl recently completed in London. Others are covered in panels of pre-weathered zinc, which complement the tone of the glass.

Steven Holl’s Institute for Contemporary Art in Virginia Readies for Spring 2018 Opening

designboom - December 2017

Dec 21, 2017

Steven Holl’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at VCU is set to open in Richmond, Virginia on April 21, 2018. The building, photographed here by Iwan Baan, will transform the historic Broad and Belvidere intersection, and serve as a gateway between the campus and the city of Richmond.

Amber Esseiva and Enjoli Moon

Next: 23 Art Curators to Watch Who Took on New Appointments in 2017

Culture Type - December 2017

Dec 27, 2017

In advance of opening its April 2018 opening, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a new, non-collecting art institution in Richmond, Va., made changes to its curatorial team.

Amber Esseiva and Enjoli Moon

Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art Appoints Assistant Curators

ArtForum - December 2017

Dec 26, 2017

“We are thrilled to have Amber and Enjoli as part of our curatorial team,” said chief curator Stephanie Smith. “Both are dynamic, ambitious, and deeply collaborative thinkers who are poised to make major contributions to their fields.”

I C A Thinking Field. Photo by Iwan Baan

The 12 Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018

Architectural Digest - December 2017

Dec 22, 2017

The genius of Steven Holl’s design is that, while the architecture is masterfully uniform, the usage of its interior is anything but that. The ICA will be used as a cafe bar, a gallery space, a 240-seat auditorium for film screenings, performances, and lectures, as well as a fabrication workshop.

I C A Belvidere Entrance. Photo: Iwan Baan

In Progress: Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU / Steven Holl Architects

Arch Daily - December 2017

Dec 19, 2017

“We designed the ICA to be a flexible, forward-looking instrument that will both illuminate and serve as a catalyst for the transformative possibilities of contemporary art,” said architect Steven Holl. “Like many contemporary artists working today, the ICA’s design does not draw distinctions between the visual and performing arts. The fluidity of the design allows for experimentation, and will encourage new ways to display and present art that will capitalize on the ingenuity and creativity apparent throughout the VCU campus.”

I C A Belvidere Entrance. Photo: Iwan Baan

Our Complete Guide to the Biggest, Baddest, Boldest Museum Openings in 2018

Artnet News

Jan 3, 2018

The ICA is set to open in April with “Declaration,” an exhibition bringing together 30 artists whose work addresses a variety of social issues.

Best Arts and Culture of 2017

RVA Mag - 2017

Jan 3, 2018

"The ICA will put Richmond on the map for art for anyone who already didn’t realize what a thriving and vibrant arts community we have."