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We’re partnering with Boston Public Library for a series of summer Play Dates! Get creative from home, outside, or in th...
06/21/2021
Play Date: Summer Stories: Chapter 1 | icaboston.org

We’re partnering with Boston Public Library for a series of summer Play Dates! Get creative from home, outside, or in the ICA galleries. Join us for live artmaking on Zoom with Boston author Francie Latour on June 25—or stop by the museum for self-guided activities on June 26. FREE --> https://bit.ly/35Dk4k6

Select galleries are currently closed for the installation of Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”, opening July 3. Become a member for first access 

On June 24, catch the world premiere of The Artist's Voice: Virgil Abloh with Josh Johnson during a FREE outdoor public ...
06/20/2021

On June 24, catch the world premiere of The Artist's Voice: Virgil Abloh with Josh Johnson during a FREE outdoor public screening, courtesy of Boston Seaport. Enjoy music from DJ KNSZWRTH, opening remarks by Bodega co-founder Oliver Mak, and complimentary Taiyaki NYC ice cream! RSVP --> https://loom.ly/O61zVZk

We're feeling extra grateful on this #FathersDay for all the dads, grandads, and father figures out there! ✨ Celebrate t...
06/20/2021

We're feeling extra grateful on this #FathersDay for all the dads, grandads, and father figures out there! ✨ Celebrate the start of summer, and experience contemporary art on the harbor with your "father" (said in Boston accent)! Plan your visit --> icaboston.org/visit

And be sure to check out our updated Covid-19 protocol before your visit --> https://www.icaboston.org/visiting-ica-know-you-go-and-faq

We're feeling extra grateful on this #FathersDay for all the dads, grandads, and father figures out there! ✨ Celebrate the start of summer, and experience contemporary art on the harbor with your "father" (said in Boston accent)! Plan your visit --> icaboston.org/visit

And be sure to check out our updated Covid-19 protocol before your visit --> https://www.icaboston.org/visiting-ica-know-you-go-and-faq

This year #Juneteenth becomes a national holiday. June 19th commemorates emancipation, when in 1865, a group of Black Am...
06/18/2021

This year #Juneteenth becomes a national holiday. June 19th commemorates emancipation, when in 1865, a group of Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they had been freed from chattel slavery, nearly two and a half years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As much as Juneteenth is a day of celebration, it is also a day of profound reflection.

Artist McArthur Binion’s painting “Route One: Box Two: V” prompts us to ask important questions of ourselves and this history. Binion explores personal and collective memory in his work—particularly that of his formative years growing up in the American South. As ICA Assistant Curator Anni Pullagura writes, “perhaps what Binion is really asking us to do is to see differently, to look harder at what we don’t want to see, and to accept that what we want to turn away from is still present, affecting our sightlines even when we try to hide from them.” Learn more --> https://loom.ly/xzp8SXg

McArthur Binion, Route One: Box Two: V, 2017. Oil stick, ink, and paper on board, 84 × 84 inches (213.4 × 213.4 cm). Gift of Erica Gervais and Ted Pappendick. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. © McArthur Binion

This year #Juneteenth becomes a national holiday. June 19th commemorates emancipation, when in 1865, a group of Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they had been freed from chattel slavery, nearly two and a half years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As much as Juneteenth is a day of celebration, it is also a day of profound reflection.

Artist McArthur Binion’s painting “Route One: Box Two: V” prompts us to ask important questions of ourselves and this history. Binion explores personal and collective memory in his work—particularly that of his formative years growing up in the American South. As ICA Assistant Curator Anni Pullagura writes, “perhaps what Binion is really asking us to do is to see differently, to look harder at what we don’t want to see, and to accept that what we want to turn away from is still present, affecting our sightlines even when we try to hide from them.” Learn more --> https://loom.ly/xzp8SXg

McArthur Binion, Route One: Box Two: V, 2017. Oil stick, ink, and paper on board, 84 × 84 inches (213.4 × 213.4 cm). Gift of Erica Gervais and Ted Pappendick. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. © McArthur Binion

Happy Birthday to Juan Muñoz, sculptor and storyteller born #onthisday in 1953! 🎈 His sculpture titled “Portrait of a Tu...
06/17/2021

Happy Birthday to Juan Muñoz, sculptor and storyteller born #onthisday in 1953! 🎈 His sculpture titled “Portrait of a Turkish Man” from the ICA collection is an experience to sit with.

Casting realistic, slightly under-life-size human figures in bronze, Spanish contemporary artist Juan Muñoz was interested in creating “a wide distance between the spectator and the object” when viewers contrast what is recognizable against what is unknown. In response to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ’s “Portrait of a Seated Turkish Scribe or Artist (1478-80)”, Muñoz’s “Portrait of a Turkish Man” draws from a speculative narrative developed in the drawing. Learn more --> https://loom.ly/v7n2Bw0

#JuanMuñoz, Portrait of a Turkish Man, 1995. Bronze with painted patina, 25 × 22 × 29 inches (63.5 × 55.9 × 73.7 cm). Gift of Barbara Lee, in honor of Jill Medvedow. Courtesy the Estate of Juan Muñoz. © Juan Muñoz

Happy Birthday to Juan Muñoz, sculptor and storyteller born #onthisday in 1953! 🎈 His sculpture titled “Portrait of a Turkish Man” from the ICA collection is an experience to sit with.

Casting realistic, slightly under-life-size human figures in bronze, Spanish contemporary artist Juan Muñoz was interested in creating “a wide distance between the spectator and the object” when viewers contrast what is recognizable against what is unknown. In response to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum ’s “Portrait of a Seated Turkish Scribe or Artist (1478-80)”, Muñoz’s “Portrait of a Turkish Man” draws from a speculative narrative developed in the drawing. Learn more --> https://loom.ly/v7n2Bw0

#JuanMuñoz, Portrait of a Turkish Man, 1995. Bronze with painted patina, 25 × 22 × 29 inches (63.5 × 55.9 × 73.7 cm). Gift of Barbara Lee, in honor of Jill Medvedow. Courtesy the Estate of Juan Muñoz. © Juan Muñoz

The ICA Watershed is back this summer, and we’re now hiring seasonal job positions—including part-time Dock Attendants a...
06/16/2021

The ICA Watershed is back this summer, and we’re now hiring seasonal job positions—including part-time Dock Attendants and Visitor Service Associates. Spend your summer inside the museum or outside by the water! Apply now --> https://loom.ly/Z18AOMs

Pleasure and precarity. 🦋 We’re celebrating #PrideMonth with highlights from the ICA collection! In this work titled “th...
06/15/2021

Pleasure and precarity. 🦋 We’re celebrating #PrideMonth with highlights from the ICA collection! In this work titled “thosebutterflyboys" by David Antonio Cruz, the artist paints the dynamic complexities of life as experienced by queer people of color.

Cruz created this painting in response to Rigoberto González’s memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which describes the author’s coming-of-age in relation to race, class, and sexuality. The work is part of the series returnofthedirtyboys/girls, which portrays queer activists and artists as playfully engaging art history and notions of desire, intimacy, role-play, and the gaze. Read more --> https://loom.ly/xHe8Y88

David Antonio Cruz, thosebutterflyboys, 2017, from the series Thereturnofthedirtyboys/girls (2016–ongoing). Oil and latex on wood panel, 48 × 72 × 3 inches (121.9 × 182.9 × 7.6 cm). Acquired through the generosity of the Acquisitions Circle, in honor of ICA staff. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. © David Antonio Cruz

Pleasure and precarity. 🦋 We’re celebrating #PrideMonth with highlights from the ICA collection! In this work titled “thosebutterflyboys" by David Antonio Cruz, the artist paints the dynamic complexities of life as experienced by queer people of color.

Cruz created this painting in response to Rigoberto González’s memoir, Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, which describes the author’s coming-of-age in relation to race, class, and sexuality. The work is part of the series returnofthedirtyboys/girls, which portrays queer activists and artists as playfully engaging art history and notions of desire, intimacy, role-play, and the gaze. Read more --> https://loom.ly/xHe8Y88

David Antonio Cruz, thosebutterflyboys, 2017, from the series Thereturnofthedirtyboys/girls (2016–ongoing). Oil and latex on wood panel, 48 × 72 × 3 inches (121.9 × 182.9 × 7.6 cm). Acquired through the generosity of the Acquisitions Circle, in honor of ICA staff. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. © David Antonio Cruz

On Jun 24, hear Virgil Abloh—artist, designer, and Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton—and choreographer Josh Johns...
06/10/2021
Watch Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2021 Show f/ yasiin bey

On Jun 24, hear Virgil Abloh—artist, designer, and Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton—and choreographer Josh Johnson discuss "Peculiar Contrast, Perfect Light," the film they created for the Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2021 showcase. RSVP for this FREE virtual talk, moderated by Ruth Erickson, the ICA’s Mannion Family Curator --> https://bit.ly/3ghPpNZ

Virgil said on Thursday his “whole being has been poured out” into the resulting film, which also features Saul Williams and Kai-Isaiah Jamal.

06/04/2021
Virtual First Fridays: #PrideExtended

#PrideExtended is a reclamation of the TLGBQ+ movement, honoring Black trans and non-binary ancestors, and the experiences of this community today. The initiative centers the well-being and security of Black trans and non-binary people, 24/7, 365. Not just in June.

Join us as we launch this year’s #PrideExtended Fest, highlighting Black trans and non-binary talents with special film screenings and artist spotlights, leading up to a live, virtual concert performance.

📣 Beginning May 29, in line with the latest guidelines from the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of ...
05/28/2021

📣 Beginning May 29, in line with the latest guidelines from the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of Boston, fully vaccinated visitors are no longer required to wear face coverings at the #ICABoston. The ICA is committed to maintaining a respectful, safe, and inclusive museum experience for all our visitors. We support anyone’s decision to continue wearing a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about current policies below --> https://loom.ly/1PhRwO0

📣 Beginning May 29, in line with the latest guidelines from the CDC, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of Boston, fully vaccinated visitors are no longer required to wear face coverings at the #ICABoston. The ICA is committed to maintaining a respectful, safe, and inclusive museum experience for all our visitors. We support anyone’s decision to continue wearing a face covering, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about current policies below --> https://loom.ly/1PhRwO0

On June 4, #PrideExtended FEST kicks off at virtual ICA First Fridays with a series of FREE film screenings by Black tra...
05/28/2021

On June 4, #PrideExtended FEST kicks off at virtual ICA First Fridays with a series of FREE film screenings by Black trans and non-binary artists. RSVP --> https://bit.ly/2SDp4SA

Get creative with FREE self-guided art activities delivered straight to your inbox! 💌 Dive into art-making at home, outs...
05/24/2021

Get creative with FREE self-guided art activities delivered straight to your inbox! 💌 Dive into art-making at home, outside, or even in the galleries at the ICA. Available online May 29 --> https://bit.ly/2RLDG1X

Tonight! Catch world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, shot and filmed in the ICA...
05/20/2021

Tonight! Catch world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, shot and filmed in the ICA's Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater! ✨ No stranger to the ICA, Yo-Yo Ma performed at our annual gala in 2014 (as seen this photo!).

Tonight! Catch world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, shot and filmed in the ICA's Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater! ✨ No stranger to the ICA, Yo-Yo Ma performed at our annual gala in 2014 (as seen this photo!).

Closing soon! Your last chance to experience new and iconic works from the ICA collection. The exhibition ‘i’m yours: En...
05/19/2021

Closing soon! Your last chance to experience new and iconic works from the ICA collection. The exhibition ‘i’m yours: Encounters with Art of Our Times’ closes Sun, May 23. Get tickets now --> bit.ly/ICAimyours

05/18/2021

See artist Eva LeWitt break down her process behind this site-specific hanging wall sculpture. LeWitt’s intuitive material arrangements play with unresolved tensions: between transparency and opacity, gravity and weightlessness, abstraction and decoration. Learn more --> http://bit.ly/evalewitt

On May 17, cook along with Chef Charlie Foster of ICA neighbor Woods Hill Table, as he walks us through preparing a spri...
05/12/2021

On May 17, cook along with Chef Charlie Foster of ICA neighbor Woods Hill Table, as he walks us through preparing a spring dug parsnip hummus with foraged spring vegetables, olive oil, and sea salt crackers. Get tickets--> https://bit.ly/3o8Ol2J

On May 17, cook along with Chef Charlie Foster of ICA neighbor Woods Hill Table, as he walks us through preparing a spring dug parsnip hummus with foraged spring vegetables, olive oil, and sea salt crackers. Get tickets--> https://bit.ly/3o8Ol2J

Happy #MothersDay to all the moms and mother figures out there! 💐We recognize the extra work moms have put in to balance...
05/09/2021

Happy #MothersDay to all the moms and mother figures out there! 💐

We recognize the extra work moms have put in to balance work and family during COVID. This sweet moment from Chantal Joffe's "Self Portrait with Esme" feels pertinent to this past year. The work combines two staples in Joffe’s production: the self-portrait and the subject of mother and child. In this painting, a mother leans over and tightly embraces a small child. The two bodies—dressed identically in simple white underwear and painted in the same pink-tinged cream—appear to become one, an effect deepened by the strong outline around the figures posed against an indistinct background.

Chantal Joffe, Self-Portrait with Esme, 2009. Oil on linen, 84 x 60 inches (213 x 152 cm). Gift of Adam Sheffer, in honor of Betsy Livingston Sheffer. Courtesy the artist and Cheim Reid. © Chantal Joffe

Happy #MothersDay to all the moms and mother figures out there! 💐

We recognize the extra work moms have put in to balance work and family during COVID. This sweet moment from Chantal Joffe's "Self Portrait with Esme" feels pertinent to this past year. The work combines two staples in Joffe’s production: the self-portrait and the subject of mother and child. In this painting, a mother leans over and tightly embraces a small child. The two bodies—dressed identically in simple white underwear and painted in the same pink-tinged cream—appear to become one, an effect deepened by the strong outline around the figures posed against an indistinct background.

Chantal Joffe, Self-Portrait with Esme, 2009. Oil on linen, 84 x 60 inches (213 x 152 cm). Gift of Adam Sheffer, in honor of Betsy Livingston Sheffer. Courtesy the artist and Cheim Reid. © Chantal Joffe

05/07/2021
Virtual First Fridays: Unbound

Join Boston-based interdisciplinary artists Jenna Pollack, Sue Murad, and Frederick Moss for a short film project exploring the relationship between land and time, manifested through cycles of labor and leisure. Prompted to respond to the ICA’s exhibition, i'm yours: Encounter with Art in Our Times, the piece reflects themes presented in the "Unbound" chapter of the exhibition related to unbounded stories of land, history, and the body.

This video does not contain dialogue. There is peaceful, ambient music throughout, with occasional field sounds such as crunching gravel and footsteps.

Something to contemplate: On May 12, take a FREE virtual lunchtime road trip to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas an...
05/06/2021
ICA Road Trip: Nasher Sculpture Center | icaboston.org

Something to contemplate: On May 12, take a FREE virtual lunchtime road trip to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and hear how artworks by Toyin Ojih Odutola and Rona Pondick portray contemplation. Reserve your spot--> https://bit.ly/3nWjfeC

Timed tickets are required and on sale now for May. Learn more You can also connect to art and artists remotely with virtual programs, at-home art activities for kids and families, and by shopping online at the ICA Store.   

05/05/2021
i'm yours: In Material

Hear from Jeffrey De Blois, Assistant Curator and Publications Manager, on the "In Material" section of 'im yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times" and how artworks by #CadyNoland, #KaderAttia, and #TaraDonovan reveal the dense layers of meaning ingrained in familiar, everyday materials. Each work galvanizes the history and symbolic significance of materials through forms and in combinations that propose an array of interpretations. Learn more --> https://loom.ly/sH4fE9Y

On Thursday, May 6, get a sneak peek of artist Firelei Báez's upcoming ICA Watershed installation and hear the artist in...
05/03/2021

On Thursday, May 6, get a sneak peek of artist Firelei Báez's upcoming ICA Watershed installation and hear the artist in a live virtual conversation with Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator. Learn more about Báez's investigation of Hispaniola histories as seen throughout her art. Register now (FREE!) to The Artist's Voice: Firelei Báez --> https://loom.ly/rWgYUNA

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The Art of Manuel Miranda. Soaked Black with Colors. Mixed Media on Paper, 11" X 8," 2021.
The Art of Manuel Miranda. Soft Colors. Mixed Media on Paper, 8" x 11," 2021.
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The Art of Manuel Miranda.
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