Lisa Freiman is regarded as one of the most inventive contemporary art curators in the U.S. She is the inaugural director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), which has been designed by the world-renowned Steven Holl Architects. Opening in 2016, the ICA will feature exhibitions, music, experimental performances, and films by nationally and internationally recognized artists. The ICA will be a noncollecting contemporary institution dedicated to exploring the art of our time.
Freiman served as senior curator and chair of the contemporary art department at Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) between 2002 and 2013. Under Freiman’s vision and direction, the IMA opened 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park to critical acclaim in June 2010. 100 Acres offers a new model for sculpture parks in the twenty-first century, emphasizing experimentation, place-making, and public engagement with a constantly changing constellation of commissioned artworks.
In 2011, Freiman served as commissioner of the U.S. Pavilion in the 54th Venice Biennale, presenting six newly commissioned, site-responsive works by Puerto Rico–based artists Allora & Calzadilla—the first collaborative to be presented in the U.S. Pavilion.
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