BOSTON.- The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
(ICA) unveils the seventh installation of its permanent collection galleries, featuring the museums new acquisitions as well as works on extended loan to the ICA. Since its establishment in 2006, the ICA Collection has developed a particular strength in the area of photography, a reflection of the museums strong history of exhibitions by leading artists in this field. The new collection exhibition places particular focus on portrait-related imagery, as seen in work by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Rineke Dijkstra, Roe Ethridge, and Lorna Simpson, as well as new acquisitions of work by Catherine Opie, Anne Collier, and Ray Navarro with Zoe Leonard. The exhibition is organized by ICA Senior Curator Jenelle Porter, and is on view at the ICA from March 21, 2012, through March 2013.
Traditionally, portraits document people, often paying tribute to or memorializing them. Portraits might convey information about the subjects personalities or social standing through pose, jewelry, clothing, and surroundings. Portraits also image mood, with the figure often looking directly at the artist, and by extension, the viewer. The artworks included in this collection exhibition move this most traditional of genres in unexpected directions: the elevation of the everyday, the documenting of subcultures, and the depiction of places and events. They expand the tradition of portraiture not only through conceptual modes, but also through medium, taking the notion of the portrait past painting and photography to include a video (Rachel Perry Weltys Karaoke Wrong Number), a bronze sculpture (Anne Chus El Primo II), an open book (Anne Colliers Open Book #3) favorite records (Dave Mullers Tristins Top 20), or even a verdant landscape (Catherine Opies photograph of the Michigan Womyns Music Festival).
Separate from the works exploring the portrait genre, the new installation also features a selection of sculpture including Cornelia Parkers Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson), Tara Donovans Untitled (Pins), and a small-scale marble footstool by Jenny Holzer, SELECTIONS FROM SURVIVAL: PROTECT ME FROM WHAT I WANT.