ICA Miami and Performa 15 to Co-Present Performance during Art Basel Miami Beach
Artist Theater Program Marks Launch of ICA PERFORMS, Museum’s New Performance Series. Solo Exhibitions of Artists Shannon Ebner and Alex Bag on View Concurrently During Fair.
Adding to its lineup of programs during Art Basel Miami Beach 2015, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) will present a performance by artists Erika Vogt, Shannon Ebner, and Dylan Mira on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 4 pm. Titled Artist Theater Program, the new collaborative theatrical production brings together visual artists and performers who work across mediums and genres.
Co-presented with Performa, Artist Theater Program will be the inaugural program in the museum’s new performance series, ICA PERFORMS, which is dedicated to challenging conventional ideas of performance. Concurrently on view at the museum’s current location in the landmark Moore building is A Public Character—the first major museum presentation of Shannon Ebner’s work—and a major solo exhibition dedicated to video and performance artist Alex Bag.
Artist Theater Program will be performed in ICA Miami’s main second floor gallery, with Ebner’s A Public Character simultaneously on view, transforming the exhibition into the performance’s set. Building on the performance at Performa 15 in New York, at ICA Miami Artist Theater Program will fuse elements of each participating artist’s practice—including painting, sculpture, text, sound, and light—to create a new, unified, and site-specific work bridging visual and performing art. The artists will introduce these elements alternatively or simultaneously during the performance, changing both the nature of the individual works and the composition—which is created, transported, and dismantled; reflecting the rhythmic cycles of a creative community. Tickets are currently available to the public at no cost with a RSVP (details follow below).
“With ICA PERFORMS, we are expanding our commitment to presenting experimental artwork across genres and art forms, and there is not a more appropriate work to launch the series than Artist Theater Program,” said ICA Miami Deputy Director and Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld. “Sited within the comprehensive survey of Shannon Ebner’s new and recent installation and photographic work, we are providing our visitors with the rare opportunity to experience the variety and depth and Shannon Ebner’s interests and talents during the same visit to ICA Miami.”
A Public Character comprises over 50 photographs, new sculpture, installation, and video by Shannon Ebner, and demonstrates the artist’s efforts to build a catalogue of images and to locate them at the intersection of the poetic, graphic, and photographic. On view in ICA Miami’s second floor galleries through January 16, 2016, the exhibition includes the first comprehensive presentation of photographs from the artist’s ongoing series Black Box Collision A, which since 2012 has seen the artist isolating and documenting the letter “A” from the vestiges of sign, advertisement, message, and other modes of visual communication. Additional highlights include 12 posters from Ebner’s collaborative project with David Reinfurt, A HUDSON YARD; and the title video, A PUBLIC CHARACTER, which is edited by Erika Vogt and scored by Alex Waterman and further explores the images created for A HUDSON YARD. Also on view is a selection from Ebner’s Auto Body Collision project, which is a multi-part series of photographs documenting language taken from signs, and seeking out repetitions of terms such as Auto Body Collision and Automotive, as well as a new sculpture depicting the letter “A.”
Also on view during Art Basel Miami Beach beginning December 1 is Alex Bag, the first major U.S. presentation of the artist’s work since 2009. The exhibition centers around one of Bag’s key videos, The Van (2001), and features a dramatic new site-specific installation created for ICA Miami’s Atrium Gallery.