The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Located in a breathtaking waterfront building, the ICA is Boston's destination for new art and ideas.
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In observance of the pain, protest, and loss being experienced by so many right now, we have decided to postpone First F...
06/04/2020

In observance of the pain, protest, and loss being experienced by so many right now, we have decided to postpone First Fridays: Cyber Pride, originally scheduled for tomorrow, June 5. This virtual event will now take place in July. This week's Sunday Brunch Jams has also been postponed.

We mourn the violent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others who died because of ...
06/02/2020

We mourn the violent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others who died because of our country's longstanding history of racial terror and brutality. At the ICA we stand in solidarity with those who are fighting to dismantle systemic racism and ask: Where does racism live here at the ICA and what can we do now?

Seek out, present, and amplify the work and voices of artists who have been historically underrepresented, excluded, or stereotyped because of historical racism.

Listen to people of color and organizations who work to dismantle systemic racism and inequities.

Diversify our staffs, leadership, and audiences to build excellence in governance, programs, and organizational culture.

Create spaces for engagement and belonging where all people are welcome.

We can and will commit to art and artists who play a pivotal role in our understanding about race and justice, and change the culture and conversation in America.

Black Lives Matter.

“Artists – and above all architects – seek permanence. I don’t. I like leaving nothing. That takes courage.”#RIP Christo...
06/01/2020

“Artists – and above all architects – seek permanence. I don’t. I like leaving nothing. That takes courage.”

#RIP Christo, who along with his late partner Jeanne-Claude produced some of the most memorable and monumental interventions on architecture and landscape in contemporary art. Christo Javacheff passed away in his New York home at age 84. The ICA organized a major survey of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's urban projects in 1979.

In 1974, the couple's public intervention and temporary work of art "Ocean Front" covered the surface of the water at King's Beach in Newport, Rhode Island with 150,000 square feet of white woven polypropylene floating fabric for 18 days. Ocean Front was financed by Christo and Jeanne-Claude through sales of their drawings, lithographs, collages, and scale models. The artists did not accept sponsorship of any kind.

“In my work, I’m always interested in appearance and disappearance. I’m interested in these moments particularly around ...
05/30/2020

“In my work, I’m always interested in appearance and disappearance. I’m interested in these moments particularly around African-American history where we feel the need as a people to assert our presence in a place like the United States, by marching on the Mall at Washington D.C., for example. To assert our presence in a country that we’ve been in from the beginning.”

#GlennLigon's neon sculpture "Rückenfigur" references the German art-historical term which literally means "back figure." It is the Romantic device of depicting a subject from behind, often contemplating a grand landscape, as in the work of Caspar David Friedrich. Facing the same direction, the viewer can more readily identify with the subject’s experience. Ligon literalizes the title by placing the ostensible “front” of the neon sign against the floor, placing the viewer in the symbolic position of looking at the back of the vast and diverse landscape that is America.

“I never thought then that this would be the way in which we would demonstrate that the arts and the ICA would be a reso...
05/29/2020
The ICA Will Keep Distributing Fresh Food At The Watershed In East Boston

“I never thought then that this would be the way in which we would demonstrate that the arts and the ICA would be a resource in this Boston community,” says Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA.

Read more to learn about our recent update on the ICA Watershed --> wbur.fm/3exLNVA

The museum, its catering company and partnering community organizations in East Boston are extending their food distribution program through September 3.

Writing in English and his native Spanish, ICA visitor assistant Sergio Salicio-Lupianez reflects on Sterling Ruby's cer...
05/29/2020

Writing in English and his native Spanish, ICA visitor assistant Sergio Salicio-Lupianez reflects on Sterling Ruby's ceramic sculpture "Basin Theology/La Brea 2" in today's #FridayArtNote:

"Ruby's studio can be conceived as an artistic paleontological site as well, because he keeps all his previous work scraps for long periods of time, looking for just the right moment to reuse them in future works." Hear from Sergio --> http://bit.ly/3eyQO02

05/29/2020
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Streaming exclusively starting Fri, May 29 through Sun, May 31. Watch Eva Hesse, Life + Work Documentary for FREE! The film remembers the enduring relevance of Hesse’s work, despite her untimely death 50 years ago, and serves as a tribute to her enduring legacy --> https://bit.ly/36GkLJ5

What is the road ahead as cultural institutions begin to "emerge from pandemic-imposed limbo"?Hear directly from ICA Dir...
05/27/2020

What is the road ahead as cultural institutions begin to "emerge from pandemic-imposed limbo"?

Hear directly from ICA Director Jill Medvedow and fellow Boston art museum directors, joined by art critic Murray Whyte of The Boston Globe in this livestream discussion on Fri, May 29 at 12 PM EST. Join the conversation --> bit.ly/2X9PStw

Artist #LaurieSimmons began her Walking Objects series in the late 1980s inspired by packs of dancing cigarettes seen in...
05/27/2020

Artist #LaurieSimmons began her Walking Objects series in the late 1980s inspired by packs of dancing cigarettes seen in television commercials and magazine ads. She added human legs to books, handbags, cakes, and guns, and then photographed the assemblages at human scale.

In "Walking Camera (Jimmy the Camera / Gift to Jimmy from Laurie)," the prop camera is worn by Simmons’s friend, the artist #JimmyDeSana, a key figure in the New York art scene in the '70s and ’80s who taught Simmons how to develop film. Here, DeSana literally embodies the camera and likewise photography. The enlarged scale of the photographed camera, and its mobility on legs, points toward the ubiquity of photography in everyday life.

05/26/2020
#ICAFromHome with Video + Audio

Get inspired and #MuseumFromHome by exploring the ICA’s digital library: artist interviews, studio visits, lectures, behind-the-scenes, and more! Explore contemporary art and discover the role of artists in revealing the issues of our time. Always open, and always free --> bit.ly/3d7cZu7

Join us for the ICA’s first-ever virtual Play Date on Fri, May 29! De-stress with a fun yoga session for all ages led by...
05/26/2020

Join us for the ICA’s first-ever virtual Play Date on Fri, May 29! De-stress with a fun yoga session for all ages led by Yoga with Marlene, create woven wonders with everyday materials, laugh out loud with Boston-based theater group The Gottabees, and more! FREE with registration --> bit.ly/2yxZvsg

Today, we're wishing you a peaceful and gratitude-filled #MemorialDay.#MuseumFromHome and learn more about Sterling Ruby...
05/25/2020

Today, we're wishing you a peaceful and gratitude-filled #MemorialDay.

#MuseumFromHome and learn more about Sterling Ruby's use of American iconography across his body of work, including his soft sculptures --> bit.ly/sterlingruby

On today's #FridayArtNote, Visitor Assistant Nemo Xu discusses Undammed/Desbloqueada, on view in Carolina Caycedo: Cosmo...
05/22/2020

On today's #FridayArtNote, Visitor Assistant Nemo Xu discusses Undammed/Desbloqueada, on view in Carolina Caycedo: Cosmotarrayas, commenting on the "subjugation, oppression, and exploitation of the bodies of water and women." Hear from Nemo --> bit.ly/2zm1fFu

We're really missing our beautiful building on the waterfront and revisiting it today for #TBT. Some might remember visi...
05/21/2020

We're really missing our beautiful building on the waterfront and revisiting it today for #TBT. Some might remember visiting us when the Seaport district first became our new home in 2006.

Renowned architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the ICA—their first building in the U.S.—conceiving the building both “from the sky down,” as a contemplative space for experiencing contemporary art, and “from the ground up,” providing dynamic areas for public enjoyment.

"Is it worth returning to the way things were? Is there a direction home that doesn’t point backward?"Artist and activis...
05/21/2020
Letter to Young Artists During a Global Pandemic

"Is it worth returning to the way things were? Is there a direction home that doesn’t point backward?"

Artist and activist Paul Chan offers a hopeful letter addressed to graduating students completing their final semester in ways they never could've imagined in this "Letter to Young Artists During a Global Pandemic," via 4Columns.

4Columns arts criticism weekly.

Spending more time indoors is a great opportunity to catch up on your reading! The Art Newspaper features recommendation...
05/20/2020
What has the art world been reading during the coronavirus lockdown? Part two

Spending more time indoors is a great opportunity to catch up on your reading! The Art Newspaper features recommendations from art professionals including Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director. See what's on their reading lists --> bit.ly/2ZkdnRQ

Curators, directors and art historians tell us about the books they have been reading and revisiting

05/20/2020

Try this art project to stay busy – patience required – but the results are worth it! Take a break from the computer screen and plan, draw, animate your own flip book. Follow these simple steps to see your drawings in motion --> https://bit.ly/2zdSXiM

“Transformation, evidence of work, accidents, the time contained in the humanity of the objects — all that stuff is cruc...
05/20/2020

“Transformation, evidence of work, accidents, the time contained in the humanity of the objects — all that stuff is crucial to what I’m trying to get at, which is ways of connecting to the world, ways of knowing ourselves through the things we encounter.” – Jessica Jackson Hutchins

A unique assembly of handmade and found objects, "Convivium" by #JessicaJacksonHutchins commemorates the central role of ritual in everyday life. With social distancing now part of our lives, we're thinking more about the ways in which our traditions and routines have transformed. "Convivium" refers to a Roman feast that emphasized living together and was embedded in social and familial structures. #MuseumFromHome and dive deeper into Hutchins's work along with others from the ICA's collection --> bit.ly/36dZqqe

This International Museum Day, one thing is especially clear: we all are looking ahead to safely welcoming back our visi...
05/18/2020
How Boston Art Museums Are Planning Their COVID-19-Safe Reopenings

This International Museum Day, one thing is especially clear: we all are looking ahead to safely welcoming back our visitors. Listen in via WBUR 90.9 FM --> wbur.fm/3dRdbO2

Boston's area art institutions are collaborating to ensure the museum-going experience will be safe for visitors when they eventually return in a new, distanced reality.

“I became intrigued by the uncanny way in which inhabited spaces take on the energy of those who live and work in them.”...
05/18/2020

“I became intrigued by the uncanny way in which inhabited spaces take on the energy of those who live and work in them.” – Shellburne Thurber

Many people across the globe are now home more than ever – and forming new relationships with their interior spaces. The photographs of #ShellburneThurber resonate with new meaning, as they frequently depict unpopulated houses and rooms. Thurber is interested in the ways these interior spaces, although devoid of people, bear the presence of their occupants. Thurber first created this kind of image soon after her mother died, when photographing her mother’s spaces was a way to process her life and death on a deeper level. Many of the images take on a funereal quality, evoking memory and loss.

This photograph titled "Aunt Anna’s House—Stripped: The Pink Study" shows a room in the New Hampshire house owned by Thurber’s aunt Anna. Part of the #ICACollection, you can discover this and other prominent photographic works by visiting the #MuseumFromHome on icaboston.org --> bit.ly/3cKpL1o

In this week's #FridayArtNote, hear Visitor Assistant Kelly Chen delve into Tschabalala Self's painting "Ol' Bay," a hig...
05/15/2020

In this week's #FridayArtNote, hear Visitor Assistant Kelly Chen delve into Tschabalala Self's painting "Ol' Bay," a highlight in the artist’s exhibition at the ICA. Kelly writes: "we take the time to regard the difference between who this subject is intimately, what they put forward, what is recognized through social engagement, and ultimately, what is lost." Listen to Kelly's reflections --> bit.ly/2AxHP0D

Tune in each week for Friday Art Notes: staff reflections on art shown at the ICA. Looking for more ways to explore the #MuseumFromHome? Visit icaboston.org.

Nalini Malani's "Penelope" is now available to watch on icaboston.org until May 27. The stop-motion animation is inspire...
05/15/2020

Nalini Malani's "Penelope" is now available to watch on icaboston.org until May 27. The stop-motion animation is inspired by the fictional character of the same name in Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, who weaves and unweaves a shroud during her husband’s absence. Penelope's repetitive action, which may have new meaning while we are sheltering in place, is visualized by Malani’s drawing technique. See it for yourself --> bit.ly/2yZyvCf

"I don't like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life." Happy Birthday to American ...
05/12/2020

"I don't like to say I have given my life to art. I prefer to say art has given me my life."

Happy Birthday to American artist #FrankStella, born #onthisday in 1936 in Malden, Massachusetts. Last summer, the ICA group exhibition "Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design" included one of Stella's dynamic three-dimensional works from his Exotic Bird series, titled "Brazilian Merganser, 5.5X." Marking a radical turn in Stella's explorations of dimension, color, and shape, the series is characterized by irregular and French curves drawn from drafting templates and by dimensional exuberance. At the age of 84, Frank Stella is still going strong and redefining the medium of painting.

05/08/2020
FRIDAY ART NOTE | On Sheila Hicks's fiber sculpture

In a very special #MothersDay edition of #FridayArtNote, longtime ICA staff member Colette Randall revisits her 2018 art note on Sheila Hicks's sculpture. Writing of how the fiber work reminds her of her son, Randall afterwards received a "personal and meaningful" postcard from Hicks herself that intertwined both their experiences as mothers in this one artwork. Hear more --> bit.ly/3behDF2

05/08/2020
Behind the Scenes with Sterling Ruby | Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

"I don't think I totally understood there were artists."

In this behind-the-scenes video, shot before the museum closed, artist Sterling Ruby discusses his museum survey spanning two decades of work at the ICA. Get a closeup look at Ruby's texture and details with a focus on the handmade that's especially gratifying in this time of virtual meetings and meet-ups.

Discover it from home --> bit.ly/2ZDwAfv

When we think of artwork from the #ICAcollection that addresses the mood of our time, LaToya Ruby Frazier's stunning at-...
05/07/2020

When we think of artwork from the #ICAcollection that addresses the mood of our time, LaToya Ruby Frazier's stunning at-home portraits come to mind. With #MothersDay approaching, we're spotlighting the photographic series Frazier made in collaboration with her mother. Explore the series --> bit.ly/2SKZdFz

John Andress, Bill T. Jones Director/Curator of Performing Arts at the ICA, has a performance recommendation for all you...
05/07/2020
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John Andress, Bill T. Jones Director/Curator of Performing Arts at the ICA, has a performance recommendation for all you theater lovers:

"Tonight, I'll be watching Scenes from Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, featuring an incredible cast of actors including Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, and David Strathairn." Catch this free digital event from Theater of War at 7 PM EST --> bit.ly/2YITuUc

John writes: "In moments of crisis, I look to the past to comprehend the present. So often, playwrights help us make meaning out of situations that seem impossible, no more so than the ancient Greeks. The play offers prescient parallels to our current moment and reminds us that in extraordinary circumstances, wisdom from the past can help us find our way forward." For more ICA staff recommendations, visit --> bit.ly/2A33hKx

The Oedipus Project is an innovative new digital initiative by Theater of War Productions that will present acclaimed actors performing scenes from Sophocles’ Oedipus the King as a catalyst for powerful, healing online conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic upon diverse communitie...

Last fall, the ICA hosted a forum on racism, public health, and contemporary art – a conversation that continues as "rac...
05/07/2020
Racism is a Public Health Issue: Addressing Prejudices Against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 Pandemic | LACMA

Last fall, the ICA hosted a forum on racism, public health, and contemporary art – a conversation that continues as "racial disparities in health outcomes became starker" within the Covid-19 pandemic. Tonight we'll be tuning in to LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art and speakers Jeff Chang, Anicka Yi, Bowen Yang, and more, at 7 PM EST via Zoom. Register here --> https://bit.ly/3dmAkb1

When news of a novel coronavirus arrived in the United States in early January, xenophobia was not far behind. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports of racist attacks against Asian Americans have increased. As the number of confirmed cases exploded in America, racial disparities in health outcomes...

For #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth, we're highlighting artist and political activist Paul Chan, whose deeply captiva...
05/06/2020

For #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth, we're highlighting artist and political activist Paul Chan, whose deeply captivating animation titled 1st L̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ was created in the aftermath of another crisis: 9/11. A shape-shifting parable of politics and religion, Chan’s animation is both morally and aesthetically resonant.

From the ICA's permanent collection, 1st L̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ is the first of a seven-part cycle of animations in which Chan addresses the themes of religion, politics, and art. Projected on the gallery floor, the simple but dramatic silhouettes in the work describe an apocalyptic vision of the world. Shadowy bodies fall, earthly objects rise to the heavens, and the audience is confronted with the meaning of salvation and faith in an era dominated by war, consumerism, and terror.

American artist Paul Chan was born in Hong Kong, and relocated with his family to the United States in 1980, first in Iowa and later in Omaha, Nebraska. Chan attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bard College.

Your support is vital in helping us develop opportunities for all our audiences to engage with art – whether in the muse...
05/05/2020

Your support is vital in helping us develop opportunities for all our audiences to engage with art – whether in the museum or at home. If you are able, we hope you'll consider becoming an ICA member or donating today to support creativity in our community now and always --> icaboston.org/giving

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An Acre of Seats in a Palace of Decay Gallery Reception: Saturday, December 14, 2-4 pm Architectural Photographer, Matt Lambros Photography brings the venues of our past out of the dark, showing their current decay and past grandeur. Meet the photographer and purchase beautiful prints for that special gift or his NEW book available and signed at The Wall Gallery at Percival Brewing Company in the Norwood Space Center located at Percival Brewing Company 80 Morse Street. The show runs through January 24, 2019
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The Brookline Arts Center invites artists of all media residing in the United States to submit work for Activation, which will be on view at the BAC March 13-April 10, 2020. Artists have explored the nature of vision and movement in art since the early twentieth century. For this exhibition, we are seeking works that move or are activated to perform. A call for Kinetic Art: art of both real and apparent motion. Works should explore the element of time, or reflect on the modern world through technology. Learn more and submit work by January 1, 2020 on our website: bit.ly/2WtLbsx