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ICA Performs: Artist Theater Program

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On December 3, 2015, Los Angeles-based artist Erika Vogt presented the Artist Theater Program, a collaborative performance commissioned by ICA Miami in partnership with Performa 15.

About Artist Theater Program

Artist Theater Program was started by Erika Vogt in 2011 as a film and video exhibition in a black box theater. It recently culminated in a live collaborative performance at Roulette Theater in Brooklyn as a commission for Performa 15. The ICA performance “A Piano is for Knife” is a textual version of the Performa piece “Lava plus Knives” and is a reflection of what began as a writing collaboration between Erika Vogt, Dylan Mira and Shannon Ebner. The ICA Miami performance was sited in Ebner’s “Black Box Collision A” room on the occasion of her exhibition, A Public Character, on view from October 8 through January 17, 2016.

Past participants include: Math Bass, Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada, Victoria Brooks, Shannon Ebner, Lauren Davis Fisher, Mariah Garnett, Alice Könitz, Dylan Mira, Silke Otto-Knapp, Adam Putnam, Mark So, MPA, Lucy Raven, A.L. Steiner, Paul Sietsema, Nora Slade, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Erika Vogt, W.A.G.E Coalition, James Welling, Evan Calder Williams, and Flora Wiegmann.

Lava plus Knives collaborators: Math Bass, Shannon Ebner, Lauren Davis Fisher, Dylan Mira, Silke Otto-Knapp, Adam Putnam, Nora Slade, and Erika Vogt.

About the Artists

Shannon Ebner holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work encompasses photography, video, sculpture and installation. Ebner’s works frequently explores the nature of writing and its meaning, with the work acting as a form of writing, and the writing, in turn, a way of seeing. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Memmo Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2014), Hammer Museum (2011), MoMA PS1 (2007) and group exhibitions such as Things, Words and Consequences, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012), Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MoMA, New York (2012), ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011), The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011), 6th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2010) and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008). Ebner’s artist book Auto Body Collision was recently released by the Carnegie Museum¹s Hillman Photography Initiative. Ebner lives and works in Los Angeles.

Dylan Mira is an artist moving image and text, recording how language makes bodies. Her recent projects have been presented at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York), Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York), Artist Curated Projects (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Nomadic Division (Los Angeles), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles), Migrating Forms (New York), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and ICA (Philadelphia). Mira holds an MFA in New Genres from University of California Los Angeles and a BFA in Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She grew up between the Midwest and East Asia and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Erika Vogt received her MFA in “Live Action” from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at Simone Subal in New York; The New Museum in New York; Triangle France in Marseilles, France; and Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, UK. Vogt’s work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Whitney Museum, NY; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and SFMOMA. In 2015, Performa 15 commissioned Vogt’s collaborative performance, Artist Theater Program, which will also be presented at ICA Miami. In 2014, Vogt was featured as a guest lecturer at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. In 2013, Frieze Film commissioned Vogt’s film Dark Imposter, which she completed in residency at the Experimental Media, Performing Arts Centre at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Vogt lives and works in Los Angeles.

The Artist Theater Program was originally produced by Performa in association with Lafayette Anticipation: La Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, and co-produced with ICA Miami through a generous gift to ICA Performs by Jay Franke and David Herro. It was co-presented with Roulette in New York City as part of Performa 15.

The rights to each work remain the sole property of the artist(s). All texts are printed with the permission of the artist(s). All artworks printed with the permission of the artist(s). All rights reserved 2015.

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On December 1, 2017, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami will open in its new home in the heart of the Miami Design District at 61 NE 41st St. Dedicated to the exchange of art and ideas, our three-story, 37,500-square-foot museum will expand the museum’s ability to engage the most important artists of our time.

Aerial view of ICA Miami, South Façade. Courtesy Wolfberg Alvarez. Photo: Smith Aerial Photos.

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Location of the new Institute of Contemporary Art in the Miami Design District on NE 41st St between N Miami Ave and NE 1st Ave.

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“ICA Miami is a place that brings the most challenging contemporary art of the highest quality from around the world to our city. It provokes thought, rethinking, and is definitely not a place for the faint of heart.”

Alberto Ibargüen
President & CEO, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Installation view: John Miller: I Stand, I Fall at ICA Miami, 2016. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

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The Everywhere Studio
Dec 1, 2017 – Feb 26, 2018

“The Everywhere Studio” explores the evolution of the artist’s studio from the post-war period to present day and features over 100 works by 50 artists from the past five decades including Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Carolee Schneemann, Matthew Barney, Rosemarie Trockel, Neïl Beloufa, Yves Klein, among others. Click to learn more.

Roy Lichtenstein, Artist's Studio with Model, 1974. Oil and Magna on canvas, 96 x 128 in. Collection of Irma & Norman Braman.

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Chris Ofili
Dec 1, 2017 – May 5, 2019

A new installation of paintings by internationally renowned artist Chris Ofili will reflect the artist’s practice of employing historical and cultural references to comment on contemporary society.

Chris Ofili, Post Black (Love, Life, Liberty), 2015. Oil on linen. Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York/London.

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Tomm El-Saieh
Dec 1, 2017 – May 14, 2018

Haitian-born, Miami-based artist Tomm El-Saieh will inaugurate ICA Miami’s new project gallery with a series of new paintings exploring the connections between abstraction and the Haitian tradition of narrative icon painting.

Tomm El-Saied, Tete Foumi (Ants Tits), 2015. Acrylic on canvas. Private collection, Miami. Courtesy the Artist and Central Fine, Miami Beach.

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Charles Gaines
Dec 1, 2017 – Nov 4, 2018

Activating the staircase’s vertical cantilevers, the site-specific installation by Charles Gaines will explore the artist’s application of seriality on a massive scale. Gaines’s practice places him within the legacy of conceptualism, evidenced by works such as his gridded, serial images of trees painted on Plexiglas.

Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees IV, #2 Xeno (orange), 1988. Acrylic sheet, acrylic paint, wood. Courtesy the Artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Jeff Mclane.

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Mark Handforth
Dec 1, 2017 – June 26, 2021

On view in the sculpture garden, a major sculpture by Miami artist Mark Handforth depicting a bent telephone pole-star will embody the artist’s signature use of industrial materials and pop iconography.

Mark Handforth, Pink Panther, 2016. Sculpture, aluminum, painted. Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich.

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Abigail DeVille
Dec 1, 2017- Oct 14, 2018

Bronx-born artist Abigail DeVille will create new work for the sculpture garden reflecting on Miami’s rich and diverse social history. DeVille is known for multimedia installations that involve deep social engagement and historical investigation.

Abigail DeVille, Half Moon, 2016. Reclaimed lumber, plastics tarps, accumulated debris. Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park. Photo: Nate Dorr.

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Allora & Calzadilla
Dec 1, 2017 – Aug 18, 2018

Puerto Rican artist duo Allora & Calzadilla will create a large-scale installation for the sculpture garden. The artists are renowned for their radical approach to the medium.

Allora & Calzadilla, Track and Field, 2011. 54th Biennale di Venzia. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images.

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“ICA Miami touches the heart of the community–this is not a white-glove museum; we are focused on bringing people together.”

Norman Braman
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Students from Southside Elementary receive a guided tour of John Miller: I Stand, I Fall at ICA Miami. Photo: Javier Sanchez.

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