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Institute of Contemporary Art

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Address: 118 S 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3211
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A contemporary gem on the classic Penn campus

I quickly ran through this art gallery on Sunday morning just as they had opened for business and I was staying at The Inn at Penn just 1min away and had to go to a meeting right... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2015
Garrett R
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

We like these rotating exhibitions. Although there's always something we don't understand, there are often shows that expand our knowledge of what's happening in the art world. The small exhibitions are interesting, fun, beautiful, strange, puzzling....worth a visit. Admission is free and the exhibitions are usually compact, Especially liked Nicole Eisenman, in a recent show, and now, Louise Fishman.

Thank Myra L
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

There were six works of art on display. One of them was nice, with a forest-like design. Another was a written story about how this guy got drafted into the Vietnam War and how he hates George Bush. Then there's one of a guy who looks like General Greivous from Star Wars Episode III dancing with an elderly African woman.... More 

Thank MrSaturn64
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

I quickly ran through this art gallery on Sunday morning just as they had opened for business and I was staying at The Inn at Penn just 1min away and had to go to a meeting right after. They had a great Kasten (sp?) exhibit on at the time. Staff were very friendly and helpful. I was happy to make... More 

1 Thank Garrett R
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 814 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2014

This small glass, steel & concrete contemporary museum, nestled at the edge of the Penn campus, is the perfect showcase for edgy art & super-sized canvases, such as those of Nicole Eisenman, featured in the current show. Seldom crowded, the best news of all is that admission is free & trendy restaurants are nearby.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

It's not a museum but a space for contemporary art exhibits. Every three months they tear everything down and set new exhibits. Intellectually complex. Go if you understand, or at least love, contemporary art. Don't go if, when you watch a cubist painting of a lady, you wonder where's the lady. Ah, it's also free.

1 Thank Ilbuonme
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2013

This is a small museum with three smallish galleries, two down and one up. The spaces are big enough for some decent sized installations. Interpretation is limited. If you happen to be up on Penn's or Drexel's campus and have time this is worth a stop. But don't go out of your way. And it may be completely consumed by... More 

1 Thank poodledoop
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 October 2012

We totally didn't get this place at all...sorry. Thank goodness it was free, we would have totally demanded our money back.

Thank I'mEmma
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 25 December 2011

I used to make sure I visited the ICA whenever I came to Philadelphia to visit my parents. Unfortunately I had a number of very unpleasant visits in 2011. It wasn't the art that disappointed, but the way we were treated. My elderly mother was treated with such disrespect by the invigilator. Ultimately we were made to feel very unwelcome.... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2010

This museum was easy to get to by subway. It was a waste of time as all we saw was 2 videos on very large screens. One video was of someone talking on the phone. The security guard was better entertainment as she mimic the conversation. The second video was of different people surfing. We did go through a room... More 

1 Thank happytourist36

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