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Declaration

Apr 21, 2018 – Sep 9, 2018

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We believe in the socially transformative power of art and artists.

We declare that this power can be unleashed through many kinds of artistic practices and through the deliberate inclusion of many voices.

We commit to activating the ICA as an inclusive platform to research, support and share art’s transformative power.


Why Declaration?

Declarations mark beginnings, clarify intentions, and propose a social contract. This is true whether we think about something as private as a declaration of love between two people, or as public as the Declaration of Independence. Declarations invite response, whether we agree or disagree. They can take many forms—words, actions, works of art.

The ICA’s inaugural exhibition is itself a declaration, a first response to the question “what can the ICA contribute to its context?” It proposes that artists’ declarations are especially crucial during this intense period of change in the U.S. Emphasizing new work by artists based in Richmond and around the globe, it deliberately mixes work by artists of varied generations, backgrounds and perspectives. Such diversity is essential to any healthy community, whether a university, a city or a nation. These works mirror the multitude of voices that we encounter on a daily basis, speaking in different modes, tones, and intensities.

Parents may wish to preview Declaration before bringing children. 

Exploring the exhibition

There are many paths through Declaration. You may start on any floor of the ICA. You will find art throughout the building—the open spaces of the Markel Center allow encounters with art and ideas from many vantage points.

Because contemporary art takes varied forms, throughout the building you will encounter art that ‘speaks’ in many ways: art for looking, art for listening, art that invites participation. There are also projects created in collaboration with Richmonders—here and around the city.

Artists

Nidaa Badwan
Martín Bonadeo
Tania Bruguera
Peter Burr with Porpentine Charity Heartscape
Cassils
CHIM↑POM
Sonya Clark
Andrea Donnelly
Edie Fake
Hope Ginsburg
GWAR

Kate Just
Titus Kaphar
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.
Autumn Knight
Lily Lamberta and All the Saints Theater Co.
Lee Mingwei
Cannupa Hanska Luger
Noor Nuyten
Geof Oppenheimer
Amalia Pica
Cheryl Pope

Paul Rucker
Curtis Talwst Santiago
Marinella Senatore
Jon-Phillip Sheridan
Deb Sokolow
Tavares Strachan
Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Betty Tompkins
Stephen Vitiello
Levester Williams
Winter Count

Organizing Credits

Declaration is co-curated by Stephanie Smith, Lisa Freiman, and Amber Esseiva, with Johanna Plummer and Lauren Ross.

 

 

 

Lead funding is provided by Altria.
Stephen Vitiello’s project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibition is best experienced in-person, but you may preview a selection of the works by viewing these representative images. Parents may wish to preview Declaration before bringing children.

Still from Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy, 2016. Single-channel video projection with sound, edition of 3. Total running time: 7:08 minutes, with: Jessica Bradford, Rachel Barrett, Richelle Martin, Hope Ginsburg. Image credit: Matt Flowers and Jessica Carey

Still from Land Dive Team: Bay of Fundy, 2016. Single-channel video projection with sound, edition of 3. Total running time: 7:08 minutes, with: Jessica Bradford, Rachel Barrett, Richelle Martin, Hope Ginsburg. Image credit: Matt Flowers and Jessica Carey

Still from Inextinguishable Fire, 2015. 8.2 x 5.9 ft. Photo Credit: Cassils with Robin Black.Image courtesy of the Artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Still from Inextinguishable Fire, 2015. 8.2 x 5.9 ft Photo Credit: Cassils with Robin Black.Image courtesy of the Artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

Winter Count Collective, Still from We Are in Crisis, 2016-17. Winter Count Collective: Cannupa Hanska Luger, Nicholas Galanin, Merritt Johnson, Dylan McLaughlin, Ginger Dunnill

Winter Count Collective, Still from We Are in Crisis, 2016-17. Winter Count Collective: Cannupa Hanska Luger, Nicholas Galanin, Merritt Johnson, Dylan McLaughlin, Ginger Dunnill

Levester Williams, Tar Ball, 2014, Unclean bed sheets from a Virginian adult penitentiary, tar, flies and other media 50 x 49 x 49 inches (127x 124.46 x 124.46 cm). Photo Credit: Levester Williams

Levester Williams, Tar Ball, 2014, Unclean bed sheets from a Virginian adult penitentiary, tar, flies and other media 50 x 49 x 49 inches (127x 124.46 x 124.46 cm). Photo Credit: Levester Williams

Kate Just, Feminist Fan # 8 (Sailor Moon Girl Gang Cosplay: Michelle Nguyen, Mandie Bettencourt, Ruby Rocket, Yume Ninja and Jennifer Newman, 2013), 2015, Hand knitted wool and acrylic yarns, canvas and timber, 15 x 20 inches. Image courtesy of artist.

Kate Just, Feminist Fan # 8 (Sailor Moon Girl Gang Cosplay: Michelle Nguyen, Mandie Bettencourt, Ruby Rocket, Yume Ninja and Jennifer Newman, 2013), 2015, Hand knitted wool and acrylic yarns, canvas and timber, 15 x 20 inches. Image courtesy of artist.

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Edie Fake, The Balcony, 2018, gouache on panel, 18 x 24 inches. Image courtesy of artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

Peter Burr and Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Still, from, Aria End, 2016. Image courtesy of the artists.

Peter Burr and Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Still, from, Aria End, 2016. Image courtesy of the artists.

Mixed media diorama in reclaimed jewelry box by Curtis Talwst Santiago

Curtis Talwst Santiago, The Execution of Unarmed Blacks, 2015, mixed media diorama in reclaimed jewelry box, 3.75 x 3.75 x 4.5 inches, Collection of Ebony Patterson, Lexington, Kentucky

Paul Rucker, Storm in the Time of Shelter, 2015-2018 (detail), Representative image Mixed media installation Install view: Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD, 2015 Image courtesy of the artist and Ra Rah P

Paul Rucker, Storm in the Time of Shelter, 2015-18, Mixed media including fabric, 52 mannequins, historical materials, and printed matter, Courtesy of the artist

No time for a guided tour but want more info? Listen in as ICA staff, artists, experts, and other interesting folks share their thoughts and unique perspectives about our exhibitions and building.

 

FLOOR 1


Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Passin’ on to others

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Paul Rucker, Storm in the Time of Shelter

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FLOOR 2


GWAR, Declaration of GWAR

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Marinella Senatore, Estman Radio: Richmond

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FLOOR 3


Lee Mingwei, The Mending Project

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