Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami ready to make a splash
Written by Katya Maruri on November 14, 2017
With preparations underway to open its permanent home in the Miami Design District on Dec. 1, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami plans to kick off its grand opening with a bold inaugural program that its director says reflects the museum’s commitment to championing new narratives in contemporary art, while providing a platform for the exchange of art and ideas.
“We are thrilled to unveil ICA Miami’s new permanent home in December and to sustain our commitment to free general admission, inviting the entire community to engage with our dynamic inaugural program,” said Ellen Salpeter, director of ICA Miami. “We look forward to building on the diverse spectrum of exhibitions and educational programs offered year round from workshops for teens and youth, to public talks and activities, to seminars for graduate students that foster cross-cultural dialogue and the exchange of ideas.”
As a result, the museum’s new 37,500-square-foot home, which was designed by the Spanish firm Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos and funded entirely by a major capital gift from Irma and Norman Braman, will provide guests with the opportunity to view exhibitions from local and international artists in its new exhibition galleries, ground floor galleries and 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden.
One of those exhibitions includes its inaugural program of “The Everywhere Studio,” which brings together over 50 artists from the past five decades to reveal the artist’s studio as a charged site that has both predicted and responded to broader social and economic changes of our time.
“The inaugural program of the new ICA Miami represents an expansion of the depth and breadth of our programmatic approach,” said Alex Gartenfeld, deputy director and chief curator of ICA Miami in a release.
“Thematic surveys such as ‘The Everywhere Studio’ will explore critical topics in contemporary practice through the work of today’s leading artists as well as their predecessors,” he said. “These major exhibitions, in addition to solo presentations of rarely exhibited bodies of work like those of Senga Nengudi and Hélio Oiticica, are key examples of ICA Miami’s commitment to bringing fresh perspectives to our understanding of contemporary art, fostering dialogue and expanding scholarship in the field.
“The inaugural program,” he said, “also represents the global and local voices represented in ICA Miami’s programs, from renowned Trinidadian artist Chris Ofili to emerging Miami artist Tomm El-Saieh.”
As to what sets the museum apart from other cultural institutions, Ms. Salpeter told Miami Today, “We are free, we are new and we are exciting, and what sets us apart is that you can step into the museum for a planned visit or stop by for a lunch meeting in the sculpture garden and answer emails.”
“It all depends,” she said, “on what visitors feel like seeing and doing.”
Looking forward, she said, “We are extremely excited to open on Dec. 1, and are looking forward to welcoming Miami to the museum.”