In fall 2022, the ICA will travel to Venice, Italy, to experience Simone Leigh’s exhibition at the 2022 Biennale di Venezia, commissioned by the ICA.

For the U.S. Pavilion in Venice, Leigh has created a new series of figurative sculptures in bronze and ceramic. Drawing upon artistic traditions from within Africa and the African diaspora, the artist uses a strategy that she terms “the creolization of form,” merging disparate cultural languages linked through histories of colonization. With these works, Leigh weaves together references to 19th-century West African art, the material culture of early Black Americans, and the colonial history of international expositions.

Joined by co-commissioners of the U.S. Pavilion Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director, and Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, this ICA Travel opportunity to Venice will also include guided visits of the city’s leading arts spaces and institutions, luxury accommodations and, of course, incredible cuisine.

See itinerary 

Note: subject to change

International ICA Travel excursions are a benefit of membership in the Ars Longa Society and above. With questions about membership or to confirm your interest, please contact the ICA Development Office at