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Zoë Ryan to lead the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania

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Zoë Ryan to lead the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania

Zoë Ryan will be the new director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. (Clare Britt/Via Institute of Contemporary Art‎, University of Pennsylvania)

Starting November 5, Zoë Ryan will be the new Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The ICA announced the news today.

Since 2006, Ryan has been the John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, and before that she was at the Van Alen Institute in New York. She serves on the editorial board of The Architect’s Newspaper.

I am incredibly honored to join the ICA, an institution that has long championed under-recognized artists, diverse narratives, and a breadth of artistic practices, Ryan said in a statement. I look forward to collaborating with the team at ICA, Penn’s students, faculty, and staff, and the broader community, to build on the ICA’s rich history as an inclusive, expansive, and vital center for interdisciplinary art.

In 2017, Ryan edited As Seen: Exhibitions that Made Architecture and Design History, a look at 11 influential exhibitions from the past 70 years. The book followed up a show by the same name that Ryan curated for the 2014 Istanbul Design Biennial that then moved to the Art Institute in 2016.

The ICA was founded in 1963 by Holmes Perkins, then dean of the school of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the site of Andy Warhol’s first museum show. It arranges exhibitions by contemporary artists but has no permanent collection. Its current home opened in 1990 and was designed by Adèle Naudé Santos, who was the dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2014.

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