OPENING NIGHT EVENTS, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012: 5PM EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH WITH CURATOR RALPH RUGOFF, ICA MEMBERS AND DONORS ONLY 6:30PM ARTIST TALK BY JEREMY DELLER, FREE FOR ALL 7:30-10PM PARTY, FREE FOR ALL
The ICA is pleased to present Jeremy Deller: Joy in People, the first mid-career survey of this unpredictable, generative, and vibrant artist. Hugely influential, Jeremy Deller (b. 1966, London; lives London) has helped to rewrite the rules of contemporary art over the past two decades by putting people at the center of his work. Operating as forums for discussion, display, and social interactions of all kinds, this work is disarmingly democratic in its muddling of class and cultural hierarchies. The sheer delight Deller takes in various forms of sub and folk cultures—Goth style, Manchester music, pro wrestling, street parades, and historical reenactment societies—transmits itself with a sense of awe at the creativity and zeal with which people resist mainstream values and patterns of consumption. His work explores compelling social territories, while the artist himself variously assumes the roles of artistic producer, publisher, filmmaker, collaborator, curator, parade organizer, and cultural archivist. Joy in People offers an important opportunity for American viewers to experience the work of one of Britain's most significant artists.