Last words


When ICA founder and former Dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Penn, G. Holmes Perkins died in August, I realized that I was probably the last person to interview him–for an article I wrote for Penn’s alumni glossy magazine, the Pennsylvania Gazette.

I talked to Perkins in July about why he had started the ICA–the short answer was to bring contemporary art to the students at Penn. His speech was slow, his hearing dim, but his mind was clear.

The article is about the ICA’s 40th anniversary. If you haven’t attended any of the celebration lectures, there are more coming this academic year. I see one with installation artist Ann Hamilton and one with painter Lisa Yuscavage on the ICA event calendar.


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