ICA Philadelphia

Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania | 118 South 36th Street
PA-19104 Philadelphia

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Angel Nevarez (born 1970, Mexico City; lives New York) and Valerie Tevere (born 1970, Chicago; lives New York) have been working collaboratively for more than fourteen years, seven of them under the collective name neuroTransmitter. Often incorporating popular music and radio, their projects traverse the cultural complications and contradictions at play within public spaces. They have developed and exhibited works in sites as diverse as the Staten Island Ferry, the electromagnetic spectrum, Plaza de la Liberación (Guadalajara, Mexico), Austin City Hall’s Plaza Stage, and the Museum of Modern Art’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden (New York).

This first United States survey of their work will debut several projects, including their most recent video, Memory of a Time Twice Lived (2015). Made in collaboration with Philadelphia’s Wagner Free Institute of Science, the project looks to Chris Marker’s La Jetée within a field of relations connecting the Wagner’s Victorian collection, twentieth-century iconoclasts and mythic heroes, contemporary Mexican immigration in Philadelphia, and the accordion as a migratory instrument.

Organized by Associate Curator Kate Kraczon.