“First Among Equals”, an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, opens tonight.
March 14 through August 12, 2012
Opening Celebration + Walkthrough, March 14, 6:30pm
with curators Alex Klein and Kate Kraczon
Opening Reception, April 4, 6-8pm
walkthrough at 5pm (ICA Members Only)
In a moment of unprecedented social connection, how do artists work together outside of their individual practices? Focusing on Los Angeles and Philadelphia, First Among Equals considers the various modes that contemporary artists have developed to work with their peers and reach across generations. Cooperative, if at times contentious, contributions to the show include performance, publications, curatorial projects, and artworks that incorporate the work of other artists. Who comes first in these relationships? By highlighting the dynamics of negotiation, dialogue, influence, contingency, and competition at work in contemporary artistic practice, First Among Equals resists the notion that collaboration equals consensus.
First Among Equals draws on the respective communities of the exhibition’s curators. Philadelphia participants include Bodega, Alex Da Corte, Extra Extra, and Marginal Utility and Machete Group. Los Angeles participants include Kathryn Andrews, P&Co., Mateo Tannatt, and Wu Tsang.
In addition to participants invited by the curators, each artist or group has included additional artists and cultural producers in their projects, highlighting both overlapping networks of peers as well as an expanded, intergenerational notion of community and influence. These include:
Sam Anderson, AP News, Polly Apfelbaum, David Armstrong, Darren Bader, Tenzing Barshee, Anna Betbeze, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Tina Braegger, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Bureau of Loose Associations, Xavier Cha, Ben Chapman, Chris Chechin, Jay Chung, Yve Laris Cohen, Tony Cokes, Luisa Lorenza Corna, Paul Cowan, JingJing Dan, Aaron Drake, Abigail DeVille, Oliver Falk, Elaine, Mashinka Firunts, Fredi Fischli, Debbie Foster, Ganzobean, Andrew Gbur, Richard Harrod, John Hawke, Jim Hodges, Barry Macgregor Johnston, Karen Kilimnik, Daniel Lefcourt, Aaron Levy, Brendan Lynch, Emilio Macchia, Q Takeki Maeda, Pooneh Maghazehe, Fabian Marti, Brian Massumi, David Mettler, Matt Metzger, Rory Mulligan, Jayson Musson, Laura Nejman, Onestar Press/Three Star Books, The Order of the Third Bird, Elizabeth Orr, Nick Paparone, Pauline, Dushko Petrovich, Megan Piontkowski, Possible Projects/Possible Press, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Jen Rosenblit, Miljohn Ruperto, Allen Ruppersberg, Piotr Rypson, Danny Snelson, Nancy Soto, Federico Spadoni, Jacek Staniszewski, Shannon Stratton, Studiolo, Martine Syms, Kelly Taxter, Paul Thek, John Transue, Mike Vass, Wandering, Hannah Weinberger, Jesse Willenbring, and Michał Woliński.
Related programming will be organized by Wendy Yao (Ooga Booga) as a lead-in to her installation at ICA in fall 2012, Excursus III.
The exhibition is organized by Program Curator Alex Klein and Assistant Curator Kate Kraczon. It will be accompanied by a catalogue documenting the many performances, events, and conversations that will take place over its five-month run.
Image: Wu Tsang, The Fist is Still Up, 2010, neon, acrylic on wood panel, 40 x 70 x 10 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento.