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ICA Ramp Project: Nadine Robinson: "Das Hochzeitshaus (The Wedding House)"May 3 - July 27, 2003
Preview Reception: Friday, May 2, 6 - 8pm
March 17, 2003
ICA is pleased to present the third in a new series of commissions for the museum's Ramp Space: an installation of sound and light by Nadine Robinson. Das Hochzeitshaus (The Wedding House) is a stack of illuminated speakers blasting out a blend of laughter and pentacostal glossalalia (speaking in tongues) through a blaze of blue light. It stems from the artist's interest in the subject of labor, to spin social and cultural references that are read through, what Robinson calls "my own Black West Indian subjectivity." These references extend from Hamelin, Germany, (whence comes the legend of the Pied Piper, an allegory of greed and mass hysteria) to the Bronx, New York, (where Houses of Joy' is slang for the elaborate amalgamations of speakers that power street parties). The formal similarities between such a tower and the rooftop of a Renaissance "Wedding House" in Hamelin becomes the fusion point that Robinson constructs to transform the ramp into a chamber of hypnotic associations and holy laughter.
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. The ICA is located at 118 South 36th Street at the University of Pennsylvania. The ICA is open to the public, except during installation, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday through Friday and from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for students over 12, artists, and senior citizens; and free to ICA members, children 12 and under, PENN card holders, and on Sundays from 11:00am to 1:00 pm. For more information, call 215-898-7108/5911.
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.
Founded in 1963 as part of the University of Pennsylvania, ICA presents a year-round exhibition schedule that defines, analyzes, and explores the contemporary visual arts. A non-collecting museum, ICA offers one-person, thematic, and group exhibitions, including commissioned works. ICA diversifies its examination of art to include interdisciplinary work such as film, video, performance, architecture, and design. ICA plays a vital role in introducing American audiences to rising international artists and is also committed to the regional arts community. ICA has been at the forefront of contemporary art for nearly 40 years, presenting the first museum solo exhibitions of artists Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Lisa Yuskavage, Charles LeDray and many others.
The ICA is located at 118 South 36th Street at the University of Pennsylvania. The ICA is open to the public, except during installation, from 12:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday through Friday and from 11:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for students over 12, artists, and senior citizens; and free to ICA members, children 12 and under, PENN card holders, and on Sundays from 11:00am to 1:00pm. For more information, call 215-898-7108/5911.