A Different Kind of Institute in a Box

Written by institute on July 25th, 2014

A cabinet dedicated to Institute objects and ephemera found in the home of two ICI Associates.ICIdp-cabinet_with_Sebald-w ICIdp-AIDSbottle_more-wICIdp-conk_art-wICIdp-institute_cab_detail-wICIdp-bataille_soapscum_edit-w



Summertime at the ICI

Written by institute on July 18th, 2014

The Institute would like to send a warm welcome to our new interns for summer 2014, April Zhang and Britney Ko, who will be working on the Library and the Earth Cabinet, respectively. We hope that your internships prove to be a fruitful and rewarding experience for us all, as we work together to improve and expand upon the ICI’s unique collections.

Wishing everyone a mild, fun-filled and productive summer.




Written by Intern on July 18th, 2014

Hello! My name is April Zhang and its my second day here at the ICI. I am excited to be the new Archivist intern and to be building the unique library at the ICI.10334345_1498820707003484_4041624045832115246_n

A little bit about me: I studied art and psychology at USC and just graduated in May 2014. My hobbies are art (obviously), psychology (obviously), writing, baking and making things whenever I can. I have two sisters and two cats and a dog that I love dearly.

I am also working at a gallery at Bergamot Station, so for now, these two jobs will keep me occupied.

This summer, I hope that the ICI will bring me lots of joy and I am really excited to be a part of this organization.

Best wishes,



Written by Intern on June 30th, 2014

ICI-BLOG_intern_brittany-wToday is my second day inside the ICI and my first day as an Earth Cabinet Intern. I feel excited and maybe a little jittery from drinking coffee.

I’m Brittany. I have been out of artschool at UCLA for a year now and have spent 2014 teaching art to kids in Los Angeles. I am interested in empowering students through visual art and a heightened awareness of the world around them. I hope that one day there will be arts education for all K-12 students.

Whether it is walking to the convenience store or flying to another country, I love seeing places, new and old. Two of my favorite things to do are people watching and photographing objects that have been left on the street. I also love painting and color.

As the Earth Cabinet Intern, I will be spending a lot of time with Earth, Dirt, Soil, et al, which means I’ll be dreaming up stories of the places where this material originates. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to visit these places as well.

For now, I’m excited to begin a meticulous and meditative process in this unique space on Robertson Blvd.

More to come.



The Meaning of Colors: BLUE

Written by institute on February 28th, 2014


Blue is the most common favorite color of people worldwide. It is often associated with the sky, oceans, water, ice, cold, peace, serenity, and at times sadness.

Naturally occurring blue foods are rare which may be why blue is also commonly thought to be an appetite suppressant.

“Feeling blue” “I’ve got the blues.”

“Blue is a power like that of nature in winter, when all germination and growth is hidden in darkness and silence. Blue is always shadowy, and tends in its greatest glory to darkness. It is an intangible nothing, and yet present as the transparent atmosphere. [...] Blue beckons our spirit with the vibrations of faith into the infinite distances of spirit.” — Johannes Itten, The Elements of Color, 1970