Coffee & Conversation: Myth, Truth, and Archaeology at ICA Philadelphia

Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join PPEH Graduate Fellow Patricia Kim for an intimate conversation inspired by the ICA exhibitions on view.

Becky Suss, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media.

Becky Suss, 2015, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Photo: Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media.

Patricia Kim leads a conversation about the archaeological process of self-reflection and image-making inspired by Becky Suss’s ICA exhibition. Focusing on her late grandparents’ now-extinct mid-century home, Suss depicts the books, photographs, and artworks that they collected in spaces both real and imagined, thereby creating new myths and memories. By considering Suss’s work in relation to other artists including Ana Mendieta, Robert Smithson, and Moyra Davey, this conversation will explore the political, social, and cultural ramifications of archaeology as a method that is at once destructive but also creative and productive because it offers alternative memories and new traditions for the present.

Central to Suss' work is the relationship between interior spaces of 'culture' and exterior spaces of 'nature.' By placing Suss' work in dialogue with ecofeminist and ecocritical frameworks mobilized to discuss land art of the late 20th century, the conversation will provide a platform to think about ways that humans (re)create myths and memories through painting and sculpture.