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Okayplayer Celebrates The Opening Of Kara Walker's Ruffneck Constructivists With DJ ?uestlove

ruffneck-constructivists-szymon-tomsia-penn-exhibit-lead celebrates the opening of the Kara Walker curated Ruffneck Constructivists exhibit at The University of Pennsylvania's Institute of Contemporary Art with a free party featuring the sounds of DJ PHSH and special guest DJ ?uestlove. The exhibit presented as part of the Katherine and Keith L. Sachs Guest Curator Program - an initiative that brings new perspectives to ICA - features the works of Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kendell Geers, Arthur Jafa, Jennie C. Jones, Kahlil Joseph, Deana Lawson, Rodney McMillian, William Pope.L, Tim Portlock, Lior Shvil, and Szymon Tomsia. The Ruffneck Constructivists exhibit will be on display in ICA's First Floor Space from February 12th through August 17th, featuring sculpture, photography and video. The exhibit, which deals with defiance, falls in line with the topics Walker often explores in her own work with silhouettes, including sexuality, race and violence. Kara Walker details the ideas behind the collection ahead of the upcoming exhibition:

“I was wondering what Black Architecture would look like if there were enough black architects to bring forth a spatial movement that contained all the angst and braggadocio and ego and rage that Black creatives have brought forth in other fields, particularly music, but also underground entrepreneurship, dance, “thug life,” and spiritualism. Given the negative forces (economic, segregationist forces) that have shaped space around Black Bodies, what questions, concerns, or psychoses might inform or limit the Black Architect; and also, in what ways to folks become architects by their refusal to accept the limits of social space—who undermine (or mine under) the norm? To that end, Ruffneck Constructivists was conceived, a nexus between bebop, hip hop, modern architecture, state control, and violently passionate self-determination.”

Join and the Institute of Contemporary Art on February 12th at 6:30 PM to celebrate the grand opening of the Ruffneck Constructivists exhibit. Stick around for the after party from 8:00 to 10:00 PM featuring DJ ?uestlove and DJ PHSH. Check the information below for event details. Get more info at

Ruffneck Constructivists Opening at ICA:

Free Public Reception - February 12th - 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Free Afterparty ft. DJ ?uestlove & DJ PHSH - 8:00 to 10:00 PM

Institute of Contemporary Art

University of Pennsylvania

118 S. 36th Street

Philadelphia, PA, 19104

215 898-7108