November 27, 2014 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - Julie Verhoeven
November 27, 2014

Julie Verhoeven

Julie Verhoeven. Photo: Annie Collinge.

Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs
9 December 2014–18 January 2015 

Institute of Contemporary Arts
Fox Reading Room
The Mall
London SW1Y 5AH

The ICA has invited artist and designer Julie Verhoeven to respond to the Fox Reading Room, creating an immersive installation that explores concepts of femininity and modes of display. Primarily known for her work as a fashion designer and illustrator, Verhoeven here creates what she describes as a “grotto of visual excess”: an installation that is playful, yet visually cacophonic and ominous defying and questioning our own perceptions of femininity, gender and taste.

Julie Verhoeven was born in the UK in 1969. She lives and works in London. Verhoeven first trained in fashion at Kent Institute of Art & Design from 1985 to 1987. Recent solo exhibitions include: Julie og Jimmy go dogging (with Jimmy Merris), Hordaland Arts Centre, Norway, 2014; Your Fly is Open, Stedelijk Museum’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 2013; Ladies, Lets Rip!, The Holburne Museum, Bath, 2013; Daisy: Manwatching (with Anthea Hamilton), Peles Empire, London, 2012; Bread & Butt (with Will Benedict), Meyer Kainer, Vienna, 2012; and Gluteus Maximus, ZINGERpresents, Amsterdam, 2011. 

Her work has also featured in several group exhibitions including Sacre 101, Migros Museum, Zurich, 2014; Works on Paper, Gregor Staiger, Zurich, 2013; and Antibody (with Anthea Hamilton), Lisa Cooley, New York, 2013.

This display was made possible by the Julie Verhoeven Supporters Group, Valeria Napoleone and The Rug Company.

The Fox Reading Room was made possible by the generous support of the Edwin Fox Foundation.

Accompanying the Reading Room display is a publication Gusset by Julie Verhoeven and available for purchase in the ICA bookshop. 

Julie og Jimmy down ICA
16 January, 6:30pm
Artists Julie Verhoeven and Jimmy Merris present an immersive, interactive and multi-sensory performance experience in the ICA Theatre. This follows their recent collaborative exhibition Julie og Jimmy go dogging, Hordaland Art Centre, Bergen (2014) and marks the closing weekend of ICA Reading Room display Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs.

Also showing:
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014
26 November 2014–25 January 2015
Lower and Upper Galleries
The ICA is delighted to welcome back Bloomberg New Contemporaries, with selectors Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Enrico David and Goshka Macuga choosing works by 55 of the most promising artists emerging from UK art schools.

ICA Quickfire: Tristan Garcia
4 December, 6:30pm
French philosopher and novelist Tristan Garcia is joined by London-based writer, musician, broadcaster and curator Morgan Quaintance, for a discussion about his recent writings.

Symposium: “What Work Does the Artwork Do? Criticality in Context”
4 December, 2pm
This symposium brings together researchers, members of activist art groups and members of the general public interested in the place and role of art’s criticality.

Symposium: “Realisms and Object Orientations: Art, Politics and the Philosophy of Tristan Garcia”
5 December, 11am
This multidisciplinary symposium seeks to interrogate philosophical realisms and object orientations within recent thought.

Culture Now: Joshua Simon and Nimrod Kamer
5 December, 1pm
Joshua Simon gives a talk in relation to a newly commissioned text, Shockwork: the Selfie and the Labour of the Overqualified, with an introduction by Nimrod Kamer.

The Artist, The Artwork, The Guardian and The Legacy
6 December, 2pm
Chaired by DACS Chief Executive Gilane Tawadros and art law specialist Daniel McClean, speakers including Matthew Arnatt, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Guy Brett, Mark Francis, Mary Moore and Barry Rosen, explore the conceptual, ethical and practical issues that determine an artist’s legacy.

Foreignness of Sound present Slavs and Tartars: The Tranny Tease and Zorka Wollny with Maspindzeli
11 December, 8pm
Through the lens of phonetic, semantic, and theological slippage, this performance lecture explores the potential for transliteration—the conversion of scripts—as a strategy of resistance and research into notions such as identity politics, colonialism, and faith.

Culture Now: Renzo Martens
12 December, 1pm
Artist Renzo Martens discusses The Institute for Human Activities (IHA), a “gentrification programme” in The Democratic Republic of Congo.

Artists’ Film Club: “The Sixth Year”
7 January, 6:45pm
“The Sixth Year” is an art world drama series in five episodes, which re-interprets the format of the TV series.

Julie Verhoeven at Institute of Contemporary Arts
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