The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) North presents experimental art and learning with a mission to question everything. ICA North is redefining the museum experience to make contemporary art more accessible and personally meaningful. At ICA North, you don’t just see finished works of art; you see the artistic process firsthand, observing internationally recognized artists in a working studio environment. ICA North organizes regional artist exhibitions, offer artist residencies, classes, and workshops across six acres of coastal landscape overlooking the San Elijo Lagoon but with an expanded focus on site-specific installations and commissions.
ICA San Diego’s exhibitions are always free at ICA North for everyone through our Pay-As-You Wish initiative. To visit, please make a reservation here. If you would like to schedule a group tour, please contact email@example.com.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
CURRENT & UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Cog•nate Collective, Tianquiztli: Portraits of the Market as Portal.
November 11, 2022 – February 12, 2023
Cog•nate Collective (founded in 2010 and based in National City, CA) explores cultural consumption through spaces of exchanged goods, using an interdisciplinary practice to dive into the concept of cultural consumption. Their work focuses on how systems of multi-cultural exchange shape identity within cross-border market spaces.
Since beginning their collaboration in 2010, their work has interrogated the evolution of the border as it is simultaneously erased by neoliberal economic policies and bolstered through increased militarization –tracing the fallout of this incongruence for migrant communities on either side of the border. As a result, their inter-disciplinary projects often address issues of citizenship, migration, informal economies, and popular cultural, arguing for understanding the border as a region that expands and contracts with the movement of people and objects. More Here
Artist in Residence / Shellie Zhang: What We Bring and Leave,
In What We Bring and Leave, Shellie Zhang reflects on the shadows left behind in places whose magnetic pull once drew us together and how diasporic communities gravitate towards spaces that create belonging. As epicenters of cultural exchange, the marketspace is a foundation for the construction of identity and nationhood. Vibrant with cultural heritage, these sites are moments of anchorage for liminal identities to find kinship within a new landscape. What We Bring and Leave queries what it means when the signposts that attract us to a place – cultural signifiers of welcome and belonging – have disappeared and only traces are left behind. In this exhibition, Zhang explores past presences by drawing parallels between a vibrant international trading hub, in her Means of Exchange series, and the abandoned signposts of urban cultural landscapes, through Facades. Read more…
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Encinitas, CA 92024
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