Art + Research Center (A+RC): research department and educational initiative

Art + Research Center (A+RC): research department and educational initiative

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)

Evan Calder Williams. Courtesy of the Artist.
September 19, 2016
Art + Research Center (A+RC): research department and educational initiative

ICA Miami
4040 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–7pm

Beginning October 2016, ICA Miami’s new Art + Research Center will mount month-long workshops and related public programs in collaboration with Florida International University.

Applications now open; Enrollment is free and open to the public.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) announced today the launch of its Art + Research Center (A+RC), the museum’s new research department and educational initiative dedicated to exploring topical social and environmental issues in relation to contemporary art. The A+RC’s program will feature application-based graduate-level workshops and public presentations by leading thinkers and theorists in the humanities and social sciences, exploring themes such as climate change and social justice that impact the conditions from which contemporary art emerges.

Developed by ICA Miami’s Curator of Programs, Gean Moreno, the Art + Research Center is the first museum-based research department in South Florida focused on theoretical inquiry. A major component of the A+RC will be the production of print publications and e-books that expand the reach of its programmatic activities and provide a new open source for freely distributed research materials in our region. Mounted in collaboration with Florida International University’s MFA Visual Art program, the A+RC’s field-advancing curricula will include a calendar of lectures, programs, and symposia geared towards fostering robust dialogue with the general public and life-long learners.

For the pilot semester, beginning October 3, and its theme of “New Social Abstractions,” leading artists-theorists Hito Steyerl, Simon Denny, Evan Calder Williams, and writer Ana Teixeira Pinto will lead an exploration into new levels of complexity that organize our modern world and discuss new kinds of artistic production that this development may demand. ICA Miami’s Art + Research Center is funded through a generous grant from the Wege Foundation, directly supporting the department’s faculty and staff, and is made possible through the vision and philanthropic leadership of the museum’s Board of Trustees and Founders Circle.


Art + Research Center 2016 pilot semester schedule of events
A+RC’s semester of month-long graduate-level workshops are free to attend, and require an application and a 25 USD administrative fee. More information and to apply visit

A+RC’s calendar of public presentations are free, RSVP required. More information and to RSVP visit

New Social Abstractions 
October 3–27, 2016
Whether it is a finance economy that relies on complex projections and infinitesimal shifts, or infrastructures and corporations that blur national and hemispheric borders, today’s world functions at levels of complexity that defy straightforward examination. Current social abstractions provoke new ways of understanding and describing our world, and our culture. ICA Miami’s A+RC pilot semester will address how contemporary art production might contend with a world defined by ever-changing abstraction.

Evan Calder Williams
Seminar: October 3–5, 6:30pm
Public presentation: October 6, 7pm
Evan Calder Williamsis a writer, theorist, and artist. He received a PhD in Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and was a Fulbright Fellow in Italy for his research on cinema, industry, and revolt, and is the author of Combined and Uneven Apocalypse and Roman Letters. He is part of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine and works, with Lucy Raven and Victoria Brooks, as Thirteen Black Cats, a research and production collective for moving images. He is currently a 2015 artist-in-residence at ISSUE Project Room.

Simon Denny
Seminar: October 11–12, 6:30pm
Public presentation: October 13, 7pm
Simon Dennyis an artist working with installation, sculpture and video. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. Selected solo exhibitions include: WIELS, Brussels (2016); Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Portikus, Frankfurt (2014); MuMOK, Vienna (2013); Kunstverein Munich, Munich (2013); and Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2012). In 2012, Denny was awarded the Art Basel Statements Baloise Preis. Denny represented New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and was included in the central curated exhibition in 2013.

Ana Teixiera Pinto 
Seminar: October 17–19, 6:30pm
Public presentation: October 20, 7pm
Ana Teixeira Pinto is a writer from Lisbon currently living in Berlin. She is a lecturer at the UdK (Universität der Kunste) Berlin and her writings have appeared in publications such as e-flux journal, Art-Agenda, Mousse, Frieze/de, Domus, Inaesthetics, Manifesta Journal, and Texte zur Kunst.

Hito Steyerl
Seminar: October 26–27, 6:30pm
Public presentation: October 28, 7pm
Hito Steyerl is one of the most influential contemporary artists in the fields of video art and media theory practicing today. Steyerl represented Germany at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), and participated in Documenta 12 (2007) and the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013). Recent solo exhibitions  have been held at the Chicago Art Institute, the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London.



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