VCU picks curator for Institute for Contemporary Art

An exhibit opens later this week that shows how VCU’s forthcoming Institute for Contemporary Art building evolved.

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Update #1 — September 11, 2014; 9:04 AM

When the doors of the Institute for Contemporary Art open in 2016 the curator will be Lauren Ross. Ross is currently curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She also served as the first curator of arts programs at the High Line in New York, an elevated freight rail line that was transformed into a public park.

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Original — September 10, 2012

The firm who is designing VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) building will have an entire exhibit devoted to their latest project. Beginning September 13th, the Virginia Center for Architecture will present Steven Holl Architects: Forking Time, featuring over 30 models and concept drawings that will depict the evolution of the ICA.

Based in both New York City and Beijing, Steven Holl has designed several buildings that have earned awards and accolades. His addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City was named the “Architectural Marvel of 2007” by Time Magazine and called “one of the best buildings of the last generation” by The New Yorker. In 2012, Holl and his firm won the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor conferred by that organization.

He has also designed MIT’s Simmons Hall in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark.

Steven Holl Architects competed against 64 global architecture firms to design the $32 million, 32,000 square-foot Institute of Contemporary Art. The ICA will also have 8,000 square-feet of gallery space, a 210-seat auditorium, classrooms, a gift shop, and a café. It is expected to open in Spring 2014.

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Steven Holl Architects: Forking Time will run from September 13th – October 18th at the Virginia Center for Architecture. Steven Holl will visit Richmond on October 15th to give a lecture at VCU’s Singleton Center for the Performing Arts.

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