The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is a non-collecting institution presenting exhibitions at the forefront of contemporary practice and culture that challenge audiences to think in new ways. Since its founding
in 1963, ICA has served as a laboratory for the new, introducing and supporting the production of urgent and important
contemporary art, beginning with ICA’s inaugural show of paintings by Abstract Expressionist Clyfford Still, followed by the first museum show of works by Andy Warhol in 1965. Throughout its history, ICA has been instrumental in identifying and developing many promising artists before they attained prominence within the international art world, some of whom—in addition to Warhol—include Richard Artschwager, Vija Celmins, Alex Da Corte, Karen
Kilimnik, Barry Le Va, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Rodney McMillian, Pepón Osorio, Cauleen Smith, and Charline von Heyl. Recently ICA has forged partnerships with a broad range of cultural organizations, from MCA Chicago and MOCA LA, to Blackstar Film Festival, Ars Nova Workshop, and the
Black and Brown Workers Coalition and has invited guest curators to offer new perspectives at the ICA—Hilton Als, Kara Walker, and Nayland Blake among them.