Trisha DonnellyApril 25 - August 3, 2008
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is pleased to present the first
Trisha Donnelly’s ineffable body of work resists simple characterization. A lexicon of imagery and action relies on the power of suggestion: what precise, economical gesture can evoke a moment, a place, a feeling? How does sound create form? With a word, can the artist embed herself in our conscience? These potent gestures are catalysts, and this is the crux of Donnelly’s work. What unite her media-diverse work are gestures of altered time, shifters, dimensional explorations, evocation, perception, and belief structures.
Time, literally and metaphorically, is a signature of Donnelly’s work: a drawing may request slowness, a sound piece may stretch a phrase interminably, a video presents an action in slow motion, a photograph freezes a turn of the torso. This pause generates shifts, fractures, and collapses in time, both in the present and in time’s historical reverberations. This exhibition, too, requests time.
Donnelly is a San Francisco-based artist (b. 1974,
Since completing her MFA at Yale in 2000, Donnelly has had solo projects at Modern Art Oxford (2007), Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (2006), Kunsthalle Zurich (2005), Kolnischer Kunstverein (2005), and ArtPace, San Antonio (2005). She has been included in numerous group exhibitions: “Uncertain States of America,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (traveled) (2005); “Day for Night,” 2006 Whitney Biennial, New York; “Of Mice + Men: 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art,” Berlin (2006); and 54th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2004). She teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute and is a visiting critic at Yale. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum, Walker Art Center, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, among others.
This exhibition is organized by Associate Curator Jenelle Porter and is accompanied by a catalog publication documenting the installation and will be available after the exhibition opens.
Spring Opening Walkthrough (For Members Only)
April 24 @ 5pm
Kimberly Eisler and Kaegan Sparks, students from Charles Bernstein's English 111 class, present experimental writings about Donnelly's work.
Performance: Bardo Pond
June 25 @ 7pm
Back by popular demand! The flagship band of Philadelphia's "Psychedelphia" space rock movement returns-three years after the quintet's ICA gig with fellow artist/musician Rodney Graham on the occassion of his traveling survey-to play their hypnotic jams in the exhibition space at the request of Trisha Donnelly.
We gratefully acknowledge generous support of the American Center Foundation, the Harpo Foundation and ICA’s Leadership Circle: Jill & Sheldon Bonovitz, Robert Kirkpatrick & John Wind, Meredith & Bryan Verona, Elizabeth A. Asplundh, Floss Barber, Inc., Ellen & Stephen Burbank, Cecile & Christopher J. D’Amelio, Mary & Anthony B. Creamer, III, Barbara & David Farley, Glenn R. Fuhrman, Fury Design, Inc., Suzanne & Jeffrey Koopman, Gabriele W. Lee, Margery P. Lee, The Marketing Audit, Inc., Paul H. Pincus, Leah Popowich & Andrew Hohns, Marguerite Rodgers, Ltd., Alec Rubin & Phillip Chambers, Cindy L. Shaffran & Gary Schwartz, Laura Steinberg Tisch Foundation, Inc., Karen & Howard Weiner, Francis H. Williams and the Wind Foundation.
Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the
Images, top: Installation view, photo: Aaron Igler. Bottom, left to right: Trisha Donnelly, Satin Operator, 2007, C-prints, 62 1/2 x 44 inches each (13), Edition of 5. Courtesy of the artist,Casey Kaplan,