Institute of Contemporary Art Miami

July 7, 2016 | By FRENCH CULTURE MIAMI

ICA Miami presents an exhibition of French contemporary artist Renaud Jerez, opening July 8th, and on view through October 30th. This show follows a residency at Fahrenheit in Los Angeles, and features the installation of new works that build upon his evolving language of innovative, apocalyptic and anthropomorphic forms.

On this the occasion, French Culture wished to highlight a new major partner in Miami’s cultural landscape. On November 16th, 2015, the future building of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Miami broke ground in the Design District, making another step stone in Miami’s ever growing art scene. The building will be located on NE 41 Street; the new 37,500-square-foot building is being designed by the Spanish firm Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos. Featuring more than 20,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, and a 15,000 sq ft public sculpture garden, the new building enables ICA Miami to expand its reach and programs.

ICA Miami's new building in Miami's Design District!ICA Miami New Building in the Design District, to open in 2017.

The establishment of the ICA Miami is an outcome of the recent evolution of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) North Miami:  the permanent collection of ICA Miami is built on part of the former collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami.

The museum in its new format benefits from the generosity of several philanthropists. In 2014, Norman and Irma Braman –members of the MoCA’s former Board of Trustees since its inception - helped ICA secure funds to ensure the museum’s first 10 years of operation. In addition, Craig Robins – art collector and real estate developer who created the Design District with the idea of mixing culture and luxury - has granted a temporary rent-free exhibition space in the Design District and donated the land for ICA’s future building.

Ellen Salpeter, former deputy director of external affairs at the Jewish Museum, was appointed as director of ICA in late 2015. Ms. Salpeter - who was also director of the New York-based experimental gallery, the Thread Waxing Space, for 7 years - explained her approach to the New York Times (September  17th , 2015): “Art and artists of any persuasion and any medium, whether it is performing artists, visual artists or poet, have always been in my wheelhouse”. With this appointment, ICA Miami reasserted its will to embrace a broad and bold involvement in the art scene.  Also heading the team is Chief curator Alex Gartenfeld, former senior editor of A.i.A. and Interview magazine online, who began his career by creating a gallery in his apartment on Canal Street in New York City where he staged high-profile shows.

In an effort to broaden public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative and experimental contemporary works, the museum has decided to make admission to the museum free.  
Along with free admission, the ICA Miami has developed educational programs; these include seminars as well as outreach programs targeting young adults in the Miami region.  Among them was a talk with the French curator and performance scholar Charles Aubin, in April 2016, entitled “Dance in the White Cube”.  

With the establishment of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in 2013, and the major expansion of the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, the opening of ICA Miami in its future site bodes well for the development of Miami’s contemporary art scene.

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