New exhibits open at the ICA this week

Get a sneak peek at the spring season and a special event on Friday


ICA layout for Alexander Apostól, Partidos Políticos Desaparecidos, 2018, selection of 13 digital prints, 49 ¼ ✕ 49 ¼ in. (125 ✕ 125 cm), . (artwork © Alexander Apostól)

Alexander Apostól

Mark your calendar for this Friday, Feb. 24 — that’s when the Spring 2023 season starts at the Institute for Contemporary Art. Richmonders can explore two new exhibitions starting at a free community event that evening.

Opening on Friday are “Navine G. Dossos: McLean” and a group exhibition titled “So it appears.”

Dossos’ work is a commissioned piece of public art that will be placed on the facade of the building, facing Belvidere Street. The series of paintings serves as a record and visual narrative of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and resident of McLean, VA.

“So it appears” consists of over 40 abstract works by 19 international artists. Addressing a variety of themes — from incarceration to environmental racism to sonic warfare — the pieces combine to reveal the complexity and power of the abstract.

The spring season also includes a continuation of the exhibit “MURRMUR,” featuring new commissions, and “The Medium is the Massage,” which opened in September.

The party gets started on Friday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. with the season premiere event. The program will feature a conversation with “So it appears” artists, music by DJ Haram, and a live performance by multidisciplinary artist Sadaf Nava. Although the event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are recommended.

“So it appears,” “MURRMUR,” and “The Medium is the Massage” will remain on view at the ICA until Sunday, July 16. “McLean” will stay up through 2023.

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