Every Jeremy Deller exhibition packs a populist punch. In 2004, he used working-class Brits to recreate the Battle of Orgreave, the 1984 skirmish between police and picketing miners. More recently, he restructured a parade float into a working café modeled and named after famous Manchester hotspot Valerie’s Snack Bar. American museum-goers can now sip some tea in this makeshift venue as a retrospective showcasing Deller’s 20 years of collaborative, multimedia art comes to Philly. The London-born artist’s major works — photos, posters, sound installations and more — will be on display during this career retrospective, including material from Our Hobby Is Depeche Mode, a documentary which celebrates fans of the synth-pop pioneers. Inclusivity is the theme here; those sick of art-world insularity should find joy in “Joy in People.”
Opening reception Wed., Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m., exhibit through Dec. 30, free, Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 S. 36th St., 215-898-7108, icaphila.org.