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On April 21, 2018, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) will open to the public. The ICA debuted with its inaugural exhibition, Declaration, an exploration of contemporary art’s power to respond to pressing social issues through the voices of 34 emerging and established artists from Richmond and around the globe. The ICA is Richmond, VA’s first art institution dedicated exclusively to exhibiting contemporary art and will be a significant cultural resource for Richmond and VCU, in direct dialogue with the VCU School of the Arts, the #1-ranked public school of art and design in the U.S.

2018 年 4 月 21 日:弗吉尼亚州立联邦大学当代艺术学院于 2018 年 4 月 21 日正式开幕。当代艺术学院通过《Declaration》首映展亮相,这是来自里士满及全球 34 名新兴艺术家与知名艺术家的声音,探索当代
 艺术的力量对当日紧迫社会问题的回应。当代艺术学院是弗吉尼亚里士满首个专门致力于展示当代艺术的 机构,并将通过与弗吉尼亚州立联邦大学艺术学校,这所全美排名第一的艺术与设计公立学校的直接对话,成为里士满和弗吉尼亚州立联邦大学的重要文化资源。

\photo @ Iwan Baan

Located at the historic intersection of Richmond’s Belvidere and Broad streets, the ICA’s striking new building, the Markel Center, anchors one of the city’s busiest gateways. With dual entrances opening to the city’s arts district on one side and VCU’s Monroe Park campus on the other, the ICA provides a venue for connection between the two vibrant communities. Activating the 41,000 square feet of flexible space, including an inviting 33-foot-high central forum, the ICA will feature a dynamic slate of changing exhibitions, performances, films, and interdisciplinary programs. Envisioned as a forum for collaboration and conversation, the ICA will serve as an incubator for innovation, piloting curatorial and educational programs. Its fluid spaces are designed to support the diverse practices characteristic of the art of today, mirroring VCU’s collaborative approach and supporting the varied needs of contemporary art and audiences.

坐落于里士满宽阔街道充满历史气息的交叉口,当代艺术学院引人注目的新建筑马克尔中心,成为这个城  市最繁忙的入口之一。由于兼具双重入口,一侧朝向城市的艺术区而另一侧面向弗吉尼亚州立联邦大学的  梦露公园校区,当代艺术学院提供了一个可以将两个充满朝气的社区联结起来的场地。拥有 41000 平方英尺的弹性活动空间,以及一个引人注目的 33 英尺高的中心论坛,当代艺术学院以多元的展览、表演、电影和跨学科活动为其展馆特色。被预想为一个合作与对话论坛,当代艺术学院将作为一个为创新、引航策展  与教育功能的孵化器。流动似的空间设计用来支持今日艺术的多种实践特质,这反映出弗吉尼亚州立联邦  大学的协作并满足当代艺术和观众的多样化需求。

\Courtesy of Steven Holl

The open design of the ICA features dynamic exhibition and programming spaces that can support widely varied forms of contemporary art. The glass walls and windows create continuity between the interior and exterior spaces of the building. On the first floor, a 4,000-square-foot gallery, café, bar, and concept shop radiate from the ICA’s central forum and frame an outdoor garden. The “Thinking Field” garden will be used for social gatherings and public programs. The first floor also features a state-of-the- art, 240-seat auditorium for film screenings, performances, lectures, and other programs. The second floor includes two forking galleries and an adaptable “learning lab” for interactive engagement. It also includes a publicly accessible terrace, featuring one of four green roofs. The third floor features a gallery with soaring, 33-foot-high walls and houses one of the administrative suites and the boardroom.
Additional staff offices are located in the building’s lower level, which also includes a lobby for visitors, art storage and preparation facilities, a fabrication workshop, a green room, the catering kitchen, and general storage.

当代艺术学院的开放性设计拥有动态展览和可极大化支持各种当代艺术形式的规划空间。玻璃墙体和窗户  为建筑内外空间创造了延展性。一楼是 4000   平方英尺的画廊、咖啡厅、酒吧和概念商店,从当代艺术学院的中心论坛向外扩散,围合出一个户外花园。这个“思维场”花园被用于社交聚会和举办公共活动。此  外在一楼也有最前沿且能容纳 240  人座的报告厅,用于电影放映、举办表演、演讲及其他活动。二楼是两个分叉的画廊和一个可适用于互动参与的“学习实验室”,它同时包含了一个公众可进入的阳台,为四个  绿色屋顶中的其中一个增添了特色。三楼画廊有 33 英尺高的墙以及一个行政套房和会议室。额外的员工办公室位于建筑物的底层,包括游客休息室、艺术储藏区和后勤设施、装配车间、演员休息室、餐饮厨房以  及常用储藏间。

photo @ Iwan Baan

We designed the ICA to be a flexible, forward-looking instrument that will both illuminate and serve as a catalyst for the transformative possibilities of contemporary art,” said Steven Holl. “Like many contemporary artists working today, the ICA’s design does not draw distinctions between the visual and performing arts. The fluidity of the design allows for experimentation and will encourage new ways to display and present art that will capitalize on the ingenuity and creativity apparent throughout the VCU campus.”

“我们将当代艺术学院设计成一个灵活的、具有前瞻性的建筑,作为一个催化剂它将照亮和服务当代艺术 变革的可能性。”斯蒂文霍尔说道;“就像今天很多的当代艺术家工作一样,当代艺术学院的设计并没有 在视觉艺术与表演艺术划分开。设计的流动性允许我们尝试并利用在弗吉尼亚州立联邦大学校园的独创性 与创造性,鼓励并激励新的艺术展现方式。”

In keeping with VCU’s master sustainability plan, the ICA’s design incorporates state-of-the-art technologies and environmentally conscious design elements and makes use of numerous natural resources. The pre-weathered, satin-finish zinc exterior of the Markel Center, which houses the ICA, includes interspersed clear- and translucent-glass walls and skylights that infuse the building with natural light and lessen reliance on nonrenewable energy. Geothermal wells provide heating and cooling energy for the building, and four green roofs absorb storm water, offset carbon emissions, and maximize insulation. Native plantings include wood oats, little bluestem, Pennsylvania sedge, and goldenrod. Building materials include Virginia bluestone and custom glass cavity walls, designed to exhaust heat in the summer and harness it in the winter. The project is designed to meet LEED Gold Certification standards.

遵循弗吉尼亚州立联邦大学的可持续性计划,当代艺术学院融合最先进的技术与环保设计元素,并大量采 用自然资源。当代艺术学院的主体建筑马克尔中心,有预风化的钛锌外部表皮,透明与哑光半透明玻璃幕 墙及天窗,使自然光线能进入到建筑中来,减少对不可再生资源的依赖;地热井提供加热与制冷能源,四个绿化屋顶可储存雨水、抵消碳排放同时最大化的隔热。使用的当地植被包括木燕麦、小须芒草、宾夕法 尼亚莎草和金菊花;建筑材料涵盖弗吉尼亚青石和定制玻璃空心墙,使建筑能有冬暖夏凉的性能。该项目 设计旨意达到 LEED 黄金认证标准。


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