Founded in 1963 by the dean of the school of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Holmes Perkins wanted to expose students to what was “new and happening” in art and culture. Since that time, ICA has developed an international reputation as a preeminent venue for contemporary art and culture.
A non-collecting museum, ICA has an established history of mounting exhibitions that aim to bring under-recognized artists to the attention of the broader world. For example, in 1965 ICA organized Andy Warhol’s first ever solo museum show.