The Independent Group: Parallel of Art & Life at ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts

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The Independent Group met at the original ICA in Dover Street from 1952-5 and comprised architects, artists, a music producer and three writers. Celebrated today as the so-called 'Fathers of Pop', the Group worked with art, science, technology and popular culture. From horror films to theories of evolution, modern architecture to Marilyn Monroe, this group project worked beyond traditional boundaries and conventional disciplinary areas. The exhibitions organised by the group were highly innovative, both in terms of layout and the range of objects displayed. Building on the ICA’s Surrealist legacy, the Independent Group shows introduced the new age of modernity and mass culture to the gallery space. Reflecting the Group’s collage mentality, new technology and high-end design were juxtaposed with avant-garde art. Even before the Group was assembled by Assistant Director Dorothy Morland, members gravitated to the ICA as the only place to see and discuss modern art and modern culture. The ICA exhibition will include paintings, drawings and photographs, alongside related designed objects and ephemera from the Independent Group. Evoking the ICA’s original home in Dover Street in the 1950s, the Reading Room exhibition will be designed to give viewers a sense of ‘The Home of the Avant Garde’ which first attracted this collection of creative practitioners.

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27 Mar - 16 Jun 2013 Tue, Wed, Fri - Sun 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Thu 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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