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David Hartt, Artifact, 2017, Aluminum, polycarbonate, steel chains. Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin.

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Conversation with artist David Hartt and political scientist Ravi Perry

Wednesday, Nov 7

6:00 PM–7:30 PM


Hedges, Edges, Dirt exhibiting artist David Hartt presents on a series of his projects that deal with urbanism and democracy, including Negative Space, on view at the ICA. VCU Political Science Professor Ravi Perry responds from his perspective as a political scientist. A moderated Q+A with ICA’s Chief Curator Stephanie Smith follows.


David Hartt creates work that unpacks the social, cultural, and economic complexities of his various subjects. He explores how historic ideas and ideals persist or transform over time. Born in Montréal in 1967, he lives and works in Philadelphia where he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.


Ravi Perry’s broad research interests focus on an evolving and prolific take on issues facing African-Americans in the US. He is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. Perry holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a MA and PhD from Brown University, each in political science.