Nadine Robinson: "Das Hochzeitshaus (The Wedding House)"ICA Ramp Project:
May 3 - July 27, 2003
Das Hochzeitshaus, 2003, multi-media installationCourtesy of the artist and Caren Golden, NYPhoto: Aaron Igler
Nadine Robinson (b. 1968, London, England; lives Bronx, New York) makes mixed media installations that use sound to create intersections between Black music culture and White visual culture. "Das Hochszeithaus" relates to her recent series of Boom Paintings, named after the ubiquitous boom box radios of the 80's, and to her 2001 installation Tower Hollers. Conceived during a residency at the World Trade Center Studios, Tower Hollers combines slave songs and elevator "muzak" into a wall of sound. It was exhibited in the group show "Tempo" at The Museum of Modern Art, Queens. Other group shows include "Rappers Delight (The Visual Avante-Garde of Hip-Hop)" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2001; "Freestyle" and "For the Record: Julie Mehretu, Senam Okudzeto and Nadine Robinson" both at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where Robinson was a 2000-2001 participant in Artists-in-Residence. She is a graduate of New York University.
The exhibition opens May 3, 2003 and continues through July 27, 2003. The Preview Reception, which is free and open to the public, is Friday, May 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Exhibition walkthroughs will begin prior to the reception at 5:00pm.
Since 2000, ICA has commissioned artist installations for its 92' ramp, a transitional space that connects the first and second floor galleries. The work is visible from the street through a giant picture window that is one of the architectural features of ICA's façade. As this "picture" changes from project to project - Arturo Herrera and Kimowan McLain made previous commissions - it shows the dynamism of ICA's program as a whole. The ramp extends the museum's invitation to anyone walking down 36th street to share in the experience of contemporary art.
ICA acknowledges the generous sponsorship of the William Penn Foundation for this project. Additional funding has been provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Dietrich Foundation Inc., the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art, friends and members of ICA, and the University of Pennsylvania. ICA is also grateful for the in-kind support of JVC America, Pink Noise Sound Environments, NYC and Glide Design. (Information complete as of 6/13/03.)