Opening of new media center highlights fall program at ICA – VCU News


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The fall programming at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University will include a multidisciplinary roster of in-person and virtual programs that will expand opportunities for audiences to engage with art, artists, speech and life. ‘innovation.

On Friday October 15, the ICA will host the “Richmond Racial Equity Summit: An Evening of Conversation” at 6:30 pm with the creators and contributors of the Richmond Racial Equity Essays project. Project creator Ebony Walden and collaborator Duron Chavis will host the event with panelists Enjoli Moon, Trey Hart, Kendra Jones, Nastassja Swift, Eva Rocha and Janine Yvette Bell. The program will also be available live on the ICA on VCU’s YouTube channel.

“The ICA is both global and local, now more than ever,” said Dominic Asmall Willsdon, Executive Director. “This fall, we are presenting exhibitions, talks and performances by artists from several countries and the Richmond area. We’re also opening a new space for local storytelling: the VPM + ICA Community Media Center on the second floor. The CIA is here to help build creative communities in Richmond and to open our city to the world.

On November 5th and 6th there will be a grand opening for the VPM + ICA Community Media Center, a production studio and classroom inside the ICA offering workshops and seminars on podcast and media development. other multimedia content. Visits will take place every 30 minutes at the top of the hour on Friday November 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday November 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The center will host a discussion titled “Listen to the Hook: Perfect the First Five Minutes of Your Podcast with Saidu Tejan-Thomas,” the “ResistancePodcast Host, and Chioke I’Anson, Ph.D., VPM + ICA Director of Community Media, Friday, November 5, 6 to 7 p.m.

Other strengths of the ICA free fall programs include:

Friday October 29: “Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste: Trigger»Opening of the exhibition, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The multi-site event at the ICA and at the 1708 Gallery at 319 W. Broad St., will feature DJ sets and remarks by the artist as well as co-curators Amber Esseiva (ICA) and Park C. Myers (1708 Gallery Royall Family Curator). This exhibit, which runs until June 12, honors the life and contributions of Bill Royall, former Vice-President of the VCU Visitors Council and long-time VCU benefactor.

Saturday, October 30: Sound walk between the ICA and Galerie 1708, noon

Set It Off artist Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste will lead small groups on 45-minute to one-hour sound walks through Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward and surrounding neighborhoods.

The ICA at VCU also continues to partner with artists to focus on music and publishing.

“Elevator Pitch,” a web-based micro-concert musical series, is housed in the one-of-a-kind CIA Elevator, a donation from the Saunders Family Foundation. With the bespoke elevator interior as a backdrop, this season of the series will focus on music from the African diaspora, including native sound, jazz, hip-hop, rock and soul, and will feature sounds from The Archives, Sam Reed, Miramar, Kyle Kidd, Cecily Bumbray and Wes Felton. Episodes are published monthly via ICA on YouTube from VCU channel.

“Wavelength,” an online lecture series and a partnership between the ICA at VCU, VCUarts and VCUarts Qatar, returns for a third semester to connect a dynamic group of artists, designers, curators and academics with the VCU communities in Richmond, Doha and beyond.

Upcoming artist speakers this semester will include filmmakers Elegance Bratton and Chester Algernal Gordon, and choreographer and dancer Alice Sheppard.

In addition, the exhibition “Ibrahim Ahmed: It Will Always Come Back To You” continues until November 7 and “Dineo Seshee Bopape: Ile aye, moya, là, ndokh… harmonic conversions… mm” continues until to December 19.

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