Join us for a virtual evening honoring Virgil Abloh and Sterling Ruby, two of the most influential artists of our time, each breaking boundaries and redefining the worlds of art, fashion, and design.
Enjoy special performances from 2020 Grammy nominee Tank and the Bangas and experimental pop and performance artist serpentwithfeet. Hear tributes from renowned artist, director, and cinematographer Arthur Jafa and former New York Times chief fashion critic and editor-at-large for New York Magazine’s The Cut Cathy Horyn as well as appearances from our very own ICA teens. And as a special treat, join us for inspiration and conversation with the honorees themselves!
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Performance / serpentwithfeet
Welcome / Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director
Testimonial / Rafael Andrade, ICA Teen Arts Council
Introduction / Nathan DeJesus, ICA Teen Arts Council
Tribute / Cathy Horyn
Intro / Beatrice Jackson, ICA Teen Arts Council
Tribute / Arthur Jafa
Conversation / Virgil Abloh + Sterling Ruby
Thanks / Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director
Performance / Tank and the Bangas
Artist and designer Virgil Abloh has pioneered a practice that cuts across media and connects visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers, and architects. Abloh cultivated an interest in design and music at an early age, finding inspiration in the urban culture of Chicago. While pursuing a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, he worked on album covers, concert designs, and merchan- dising. In 2013, he launched his fashion house Off-White, and in 2018 he was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear. Next July, the ICA opens Abloh’s first museum exhibition, Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech,” organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and set in an immersive space designed by Rem Koolhaas’s renowned architecture firm OMA* AMO. Offering an in-depth look at defining highlights of Abloh’s career, the exhibition includes signature clothing collections, video documentation of iconic fashion shows, and distinctive furniture, graphic design work, and collaborative projects with other artists.
Sterling Ruby is a leading contemporary artist whose work has been presented in solo exhibitions throughout the globe. Since his earliest works, Ruby has investigated the role of the artist as an outsider. Critiquing the struc- tures of modernism and traditional institutions, Ruby ad- dresses the repressed underpinnings of American culture and the coding of power and violence, employing a range of imagery from the American flag to prison architecture and graffiti. Based in Los Angeles, Ruby also privileges craft in his work, informed by his interest in California’s radical ceramics tradition and the quilt-making and other handicrafts of Pennsylvania Dutch country, where he grew up. The artist’s first comprehensive museum survey, co-organized with ICA Miami and on view at the ICA, features more than 70 works that demonstrate the relationship between material transformation in Ruby’s practice and the rapid evolution of contemporary culture, institutions, and labor. Spanning more than two decades, the exhibition features works ranging from his renowned ceramics and paintings to lesser-known drawings and sculptures.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS
Renowned artist, director, and cinematographer Arthur Jafa has captured the history and experience of black Americans from groundbreaking collaborations with Beyoncé and Spike Lee to major museum presentations across the globe. The ICA presented his powerful video installation Love is the Message, The Message is Death in 2018.
Former New York Times chief fashion critic and current editor-at-large for New York Magazine’s The Cut, Cathy Horyn is celebrated for her fearless and provocative reviews and was recognized by the Council of Fashion Designers of America with the prestigious Eugenia Sheppard Award for fashion writing.
Experimental pop and performance artist acclaimed for his voluminous, operatic flourish and electroacoustic milieu.
TANK AND THE BANGAS
Unpredictable 2020 Grammy nominees for Best New Artist full of funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, and spoken-word freshness.
Jodi and Hal Hess
Bridgitt and Bruce Evans
Charlotte Cramer Wagner and Herbert S. Wagner III
Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté
Jennifer Epstein and William Keravuori, Bob and Esta Epstein,
Giving |Grousbeck Fazzalari, and Eric and Sarah Svenson
Abigail Johnson and Christopher McKown
Tristin and Martin Mannion
Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick
Nancy W. Adams and Scott A. Schoen, Adelle Chang and
Eddie Yoon, Lynn Dale and Frank Wisneski,
and Sinesia and William Karol
Kate and Charles Brizius with Negin and Oliver Ewald
Jim and Audrey Foster
Edward Berman and Kate McDonough
Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser
Karen and Brian Conway
Debi and Mark Greenberg
Barbara and Amos Hostetter
Isabelle and Ian Loring
Kristen and Kent Lucken
Marilyn and Dan O’Connell
David and Leslie Puth with Mark and Marie Schwartz
Tobias and Kristin Welo
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Sterling Ruby is organized by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, ICA/Boston, and Alex Gartenfeld, Artistic Director, ICA, Miami, with Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator and Publications Manager, ICA/Boston.
Sterling Ruby was on view at ICA, Miami November 7, 2019 – February 2, 2020.
Major support for Sterling Ruby is provided by Sprüth Magers, Gagosian, and Xavier Hufkens.
VIRGIL ABLOH: “FIGURES OF SPEECH”
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator of the MCA Chicago. The exhibition is designed by Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, the research and design studio of OMA. The ICA’s presentation is coordinated by Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator.
The exhibition tour is made possible by Kenneth C. Griffin.
Major support for the Boston presentation of Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is provided by Encore Boston Harbor.
Support is provided by Northern Trust.
Neiman Marcus is the Lead Education Partner of Teen Programs associated with Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech.”
ICA BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Steven D. Corkin
Mary Schneider Enriquez
Erica Gervais Pappendick
Ellen M. Poss
ICA BOARD OF HONORARY TRUSTEES
ICA ADVISORY BOARD
Stephanie Formica Connaughton
Elizabeth Erdreich White
John S. Foster
William D. Krause
Stephen T. Kunian
Robert J. Nagle
Arnold E. Sapenter