ICA Miami Announces 2021-2022 “ICA SPEAKS” Lecture Series

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The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) announces the newest season of ICA SPEAKS, an artist lecture series focused on promoting the exchange of art and ideas. From mid-August through May, the virtual and in-person events in the Miami Design District will feature a series of talks given by artists represented in ICA Miami’s permanent collection, including Isaac Julien and Lyle Aston Harris – both of whom have works now on view at the museum – as well as Stefanie Heinze, Louis Fratino, Ellen Lesperance, Liz Deschenes, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. 

ICA SPEAKS, which is open to the public at no cost with required RSVP at www.icamiami.org/calendar, reflects the museum’s ongoing commitment to providing a dynamic and critical platform for the most innovative and experimental artists working today. The selection of artists represents the inclusiveness and strength of the museum’s holdings and its dynamic international community of support.

“ICA Miami is committed to producing new scholarship and dialogue around contemporary art and timely issues,” said Alex Gartenfeld, Artistic Director of ICA Miami. “ICA SPEAKS creates a forum where members of our museum community engage with our collection by hearing from the artists themselves. We are proud that this series features today’s leading artists, and figures whose works advance important and inclusive narratives of contemporary art.” 


Above: Isaac Julien portrait
Courtesy of Thierry Ball


Aug 19, 2021 @ 7:00pm 


Isaac Julien (b. 1960, London), one of today’s most prominent and influential figures in media art and film, creates audiovisual installations, documentaries, and photographs that explore Black and queer histories and identities. Julien gained international attention for his iconic film Looking for Langston (1989), a montage that reimagines the life of poet, novelist, and playwright Langston Hughes during the Harlem Renaissance. Julien’s works emerge from in-depth investigations of history, blurring the barriers between film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting, and sculpture. Isaac Julien has been honored with solo shows at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York (2021); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2019); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Art Institute of Chicago (2013); Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2009); and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2000); among many others. His work is represented in prestigious collections the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern; UK Government Art Collection; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum Brandhorst, Munich; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; and de la Cruz Collection, Miami. 


Sept 23, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Location: Moore Building, 191 NE 40th Street  

Lyle Ashton Harris (b. 1965, Bronx, NY) has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photography and collage to installation and performance art. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. Harris has been widely exhibited internationally, and he is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annendale-on-Hudson, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Tate Modern, London, UK; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, among others.


October 23, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Location: Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street

Since graduating with a Masters from the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig in 2014, Stefanie Heinze (b. 1987, Berlin) has presented solo exhibitions at Petzel, New York (2020); Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2019); LC Queisser, Tbilisi (2019); Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf (2019); Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2018); and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2017), among others. Heinze’s works are in the collections of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden, and the Marguerite Hoffman Collection, Dallas.


November 18, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Location: Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street

Louis Fratino (b. 1993, Annapolis, MD) received his BFA in Painting with a concentration in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD in 2015. He is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting, Berlin (2015–16) and a Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, Norfolk, CT in 2014. Fratino lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. The artist’s first institutional solo exhibition will open at the Des Moines Art Center in November 2021.




January 20, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Location: Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street

Ellen Lesperance (b. 1971, Minneapolis) has had solo exhibitions at major institutions, including the Baltimore Museum of Art (2020); Portland Art Museum, Oregon (2017); and Seattle Art Museum (2010). She will present new work at ICA Miami in December 2021. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Portland Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; the Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco.; among many others. Lesperance lives and works in Portland, Oregon.


March 10, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Location: Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street

Liz Deschenes (b. 1966, Boston, MA) lives and works in New York. Past solo exhibitions include the ICA, Boston (2016); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2014); MASSMoCA, North Adams (2015) and Secession, Vienna (2012-2013). Her work is part of the permanent public collections of MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Le Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; among many others.


May 19, 2021 @ 7:00pm

Location: Palm Court, 140 NE 39th Street

Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA) is a Los Angeles–based artist working in photography. His work emerged within the queer zine scene of the 2000s, and was most recently shown in “The Conditions” at team (gallery, inc.), New York (2019); “Paul Mpagi Sepuya” at CAM St. Louis (2019), “Being: New Photography 2018” at the Museum of Modern Art; and a solo museum exhibition, “Double Enclosure,” at FOAM Amsterdam. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MOCA Los Angeles, among others. Sepuya is currently visiting artist faculty at California Institute of the Arts and Bard Summer MFA Program.

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