While offering a multitude of insights about our relationship to contemporary and bygone culture, the two ICA exhibits tell us much about social space and the ever-changing, increasingly hieroglyphic language we use to navigate it. Both Brand and Smith use familiar household media to connect cultural ideas that once seemed light years away. The fact that we can't help but feel nostalgic for both suggests we might be the ones truly on display.

Nicholas Schroeder can be reached at  nschroeder@phx.com.

"ACCESS TO TOOLS: PUBLICATIONS FROM THE WHOLE EARTH CATALOG, 1968-1974" + INSTALLATION BY MICHAEL BELL-SMITH | Through April 8 | ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St, Portland | 800.699.1509 | meca.edu/meca-life/ica

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