May 16, 2008

Some good stuff showing at the ICA right now. I missed the openings a few weeks ago but hopefully I can make it on one of my lunch breaks to take a look. Here's a summarized glimpse at the exhibits stolen from the ICA webpage.
This spring, the Institute of Contemporary Art is home to “Mike's World: Michael Smith & Joshua White (and other collaborators),” the first major retrospective of internationally renowned performance/video/installation artist Michael Smith and his New York-based collaborator, director/artist Joshua White. This extraordinary exhibition features some 30 years of videos, installation environments, and other performance-related materials detailing the adventures of "Mike," a sweet but hapless Everyman character created by Smith, and his amusingly ineffectual search for a piece of the American Dream. "Mike's World" will be on view April 25 - August 3, 2008.
"Also featured is a site-specific installation by Trenton Doyle Hancock on view in ICA’s Ramp and Project spaces April 25-August 3, 2008. Since 1997 Trenton Doyle Hancock (b. 1974, Oklahoma City, OK) has created a body of work that has evolved into the sprawling, mythic tale of the Mounds, a gentle, human-plant hybrid, and the Vegans, an evil, tofu-worshipping mutant species of ape man who want to destroy all Mounds. Each of Hancock’s uniquely crafted exhibitions is an opportunity for him to further develop a particular chapter or incident in the narrative through his paintings, drawings, prints, wallpapers and installations. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is pleased to present the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of Trisha Donnelly’s work, on view April 25-August 3, 2008. Using sculpture, drawing, photographs, text, sound, video, and painting, Donnelly has composed this installation, her first U.S. solo museum exhibition, using works made between 1998 and 2007.  In a breathtakingly spare gallery, twenty-four works of art are closely hung on a horizontal line. The works on display, which also include one sculpture and three different sound works, propose a reconfiguration of the past constructed from a rigorous, distinctly personal selection. -Jaguarman

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