Simone Leigh Sovereignty

Official U.S. Presentation, 59th International
Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

April 23–
November 27, 2022

Commissioned by the
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston


A museum at the intersection of contemporary art and civic life, the Institute of Contemporary Art has advanced a bold vision for amplifying the artist’s voice and expanding the museum’s role as educator, incubator, and convener.

The ICA building at dusk, featuring a glowing top level cantilevered over Boston Harbor and glass-walled theater and lobby spaces lit from within.

ICA Building by Chuck Choi

Since its founding in 1936, the ICA has shared the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, imagination, and provocation that contemporary art offers with its audiences. Its exhibitions, performances, and educational programs provide access to the breadth and diversity of contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas.

Meet the Pavilion Leadership

Jill Medvedow

Co-Commissioner, Ellen Matilda Poss Director, ICA

Jill Medvedow is recognized across the United States as a national leader in the field of contemporary art and civic life. She dramatically altered the landscape for contemporary art in Boston when, in 2006, she opened the city’s first new art museum in a century. During her over 20 year tenure, Medvedow began the museum’s permanent collection; developed a national model for teen arts education; and opened the ICA Watershed, transforming a condemned former copper pipe factory into a free and open space for immersive works of art. Under her leadership, the ICA has produced influential exhibitions such as Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957 and Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present, and commissioned works by artists such as John Akomfrah and Firelei Báez, generating new scholarship and directions in the arts as well as supporting women artists and artists underrepresented in the art-historical canon.Medvedow began her career championing artists’ books and working in artist-run spaces in New York and Seattle before founding Vita Brevis in Boston, producing groundbreaking temporary projects in public art.

Jill Medvedow, a smiling, fair-skinned middle-aged woman with blond hair pulled back and a black jacket.

Photo by Liza Voll

Eva Respini

Co-Commissioner and Curator, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Barbara Lee Chief Curator, ICA

For two decades, Eva Respini has been curating groundbreaking and ambitious exhibitions and has worked with a range of artists exploring themes around representation and history, political agency, and material culture. At the ICA Respini has curated the critically acclaimed thematic exhibitions When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art (2019) and Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today (2018); and organized ambitious solo presentations with artists such as Firelei Báez (2021), Deana Lawson (2021), John Akomfrah (2019), Huma Bhabha (2019), and William Forsythe (2018). Her other notable exhibitions include retrospectives of Cindy Sherman (2012) and Walid Raad (2015) at the Museum of Modern Art. Well respected in the art field, she teaches curatorial studies at Harvard University and publishes widely. Respini is currently working with Leigh on her first museum survey exhibition, opening at the ICA in April 2023.

Eva Respini, a fair-skinned woman with dark shoulder-length hair and bangs, dark eyes, and a cream-colored jumpsuit.

Photo by Liza Voll