“Ruffneck Constructivists”

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
February 12–August 17

Curated by Kara Walker

In 2006, Kara Walker made her curatorial debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with her post-Katrina exhibition “After the Deluge.” Her sophomore effort’s mash-up title, “Ruffneck Constructivists,” conjoins the ethos of Russia’s revolutionary avant-garde with MC Lyte’s early-1990s track. Walker will go beyond her authorial interest in the psychosexual phantasms of American cultural history in selecting more than thirty recent works by artists from the US, Eastern Europe, and South Africa: Dineo Bopape, Kendell Geers, Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, Jennie C. Jones, Deana Lawson, Rodney McMillian, William Pope.L, Tim Portlock, Lior Shvil, and Szymon Tomsia. Muscularly responding to ideas of space, policing, and antisociality, the show will emphasize works in sculpture, installation, video, and photography, and will include a full roster of performances, talks, and screenings. The catalogue is designed by artist A. K. Burns, with original texts by Walker and architectural theorist Craig Wilkins.