Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art celebrates its 50th anniversary

Questlove will help ring in the inaugural 50th celebration at Philadelphia's ICA.

We’re a city that’s blessed with many great art museums and the Institute of Contemporary Art in University City is one of the most unique artistic venues around.

This year, the ICA (118 S. 36th St.) is celebrating its 50th birthday with a six-month-long exhibition, ICA@50: Pleasing Artists And Publics Since 1963, that will serve as a chronological retrospective of more than 50 contemporary artists associated with Philadelphia’s art community, including Zoe Strauss, Beverly Semmes, and Isaac Tin Wei Lin.

Every two weeks, a new ‘micro-exhibition’ will debut along with a running calendar of public programs, performances, and other “moveable plinths and vitrines” that will “further animate the shifting space.” The 50 new presentations will cover all sorts of mediums like sculpture, film, painting, video and much more. And for those of us who really love the ICA, when you visit ICA@50 five times, you’ll receive a free membership.

To kick off this exciting exhibition, ICA is hosting their grand opening celebrating on Wednesday, Feb. 12 beginning at 6:30 p.m. The free, open-to-the-public event invites you to have a first look at the show while enjoying a performance piece by Lior Shvil and DJ sets by Philly’s own Questlove and DJ PHSH until 10 p.m.