Excursus IV: Past Events

Saturday
June 15
@ 2pm

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What was video art? Rebecca Cleman, Distribution Director at EAI, poses this question in light of technological and cultural changes in the decades since ICA’s 1975 Video Art exhibition, and David Antin’s influential catalog essay about the then nascent medium. Participate in this final Excursus discussion, along with a group of artists, curators, and scholars, to help us consider the legacy of video art.

Wednesday
June 12
@ 6:30pm

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After WWII children’s music education became a site of aesthetic experimentation, and its traces in videos and records continue to inspire today’s musicians. Jesse Pires, Program Curator at International House, and Ben Graves of Toys & Techniques will discuss why making bird sounds, dancing under huge parachutes, and pretending to be a tree are all good things.

Saturday
June 8
@ 2pm

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Enjoy a cup of complimentary La Colombe coffee and join PennDesign MFA student Dan O’Neill for an intimate conversation about questions of appropriation, copyright, republication, and documentation, prompted by the ICA exhibition Excursus IV: Primary Information currently on view.

Sunday
June 2
@ 2pm

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Artists Danny Snelson and Mashinka Firunts examine the role of data formats and card catalogs under the sign of the archival database. This mediagenic performance navigates Primary Information and ICA collections to ask: how might one stage the database and what changes does a user introduce to her archive?

Saturday
June 1
@ 2pm

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Bring your handkerchiefs to a reading by Angie Keefer from Elad Lassry’s publication On Onions (Primary Information, 2012), the saddest book of 2012. Lassry’s photographs of onions will be viewed and Otto Hauser will play a selection of the saddest songs from 1975 to the present.

Sunday
May 19
@ 2pm

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David Senior, Bibliographer at the Museum of Modern Art Library in New York, will discuss a history of artists’ publications in the 20th century. There will be a few different stories about how artists and designers have used their little publications as containers for new ideas, creating lively and weird spaces to communicate work and archive actions. Most examples will come from the collection of books that he works with at MoMA and several recent exhibitions he has organized of artists’ books and ephemera.

Saturday
May 18
@ 2pm

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Enjoy a cup of complimentary La Colombe coffee and join Penn History of Art PhD candidate Iggy Cortez for an intimate conversation about artist Karla Black’s engagement with psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and the broader interdisciplinary developments within contemporary psychoanalysis. The discussion is prompted by the ICA exhibition Karla Black currently on view.

Sunday
April 28
@ 2pm

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Where did chapbooks come from and where are they going? Matvei Yankelevich sketches the chapbook’s
trajectory from populist pamphlet in the early days of print to today’s varieties of small-press economy, leading to a discussion of the effect of contests and institutionalization on this ephemeral, often excessive book form.

Sunday
April 21
@ 2pm

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Enjoy a cup of complimentary La Colombe coffee and join PennDesign MFA student Evan Nabrit for an intimate conversation about distribution networks, narcissism, and global capital in relation to the work of artist Seth Price, inspired by the ICA exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart.

Sunday
April 7
@ 2pm

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Artists Robin Cameron and Sebastian Black invite you to join us in the Excursus installation on the ICA mezzanine to celebrate the launch of their new collaborative publication and encourage you to bring your own ‘zines to trade.

Saturday
April 6
@ 2pm

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Enjoy a cup of complimentary La Colombe coffee and join PennDesign MFA student Sarah Tortora for an intimate conversation about how fashion and branding prompts a consideration of camouflage and mimicry. The discussion is inspired by the exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart.

Saturday
March 30
@ 2pm

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Enjoy a cup of complimentary La Colombe coffee and join PennDesign MFA student Jacob Rivkin for an intimate conversation about the metaphorical function and varied uses of mirrors in artistic practice. The discussion is prompted by ICA exhibitions White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart and Glitter and Folds, currently on view.

Thursday
March 28
@ 2pm

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Learn more about Primary Information and Excursus in this open seminar. Join students from the Annenberg School for Communications course “Communication, Art, and Audience” in conversation with Alex Klein, The Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Program Curator, for a discussion about the untapped potential of the archive and the notion of “discursive space.”

Sunday
March 24
@ 2pm

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Enjoy a cup of complimentary La Colombe coffee and join Penn History of Art PhD candidate Marijana Rayl for an intimate conversation about subculture as a point of inspiration and identification within 20th century photographic practice. The discussion is prompted by the ICA exhibition Brian Weil, currently on view.

Wednesday
March 20
@ 6:30pm

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Celebrate the launch of Excursus IV with performances by Alan Licht and C. Spencer Yeh. Primary Information was formed in New York by James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff to foster intergenerational dialogue through the publication of artists’ books and writings, and this spring they bring these concerns to bear on ICA’s own archive and history of publishing.