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The Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU Presents Declaration, Its Inaugural Exhibition

Declaration highlights the transformative power of art and artists, exploring themes such as racial justice, gender, communication across barriers, human impact on the built and natural environment, and responses to social dysphoria.

(Photo by Iwan Baan)

The new Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, is a non-collecting institution that offers a fresh slate of changing exhibitions and programs.

Located in a striking Steven Holl-designed building at one of Richmond’s busiest intersections, the ICA’s inaugural exhibition Declaration includes the work of 34 artists from around the world in a range of media. More than a third of the works in Declaration will premiere at the ICA, including site specific installations by Paul Rucker, Stephen Vitiello, and Peter Burr with Porpentine Charity Heartscape.

Declaration highlights the transformative power of art and artists, exploring themes such as racial justice, gender, communication across barriers, human impact on the built and natural environment, and responses to social dysphoria. Art will fill the fluid volumes of the building, activating sites beyond the ICA’s four galleries, from the entrance forum to the café to the auditorium.

Declaration also features off-site collaborations and performances, including a selection of performances at Richmond’s Festival of the River on Brown’s Island, June 8–10, 2018. The ICA’s open circulation allows visitors to experience the exhibition in a non-prescribed sequence from multiple sightlines, reinforcing the importance of chance and agency and the wide range of responses that art can foster.

Learn more at icavcu.org.

Declaration opens April 21 and continues at the Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University (601 W Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia) through September 9, 2018.