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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Tickets available now! Can’t get enough Yayoi Kusama? Explore the prolific and decades-long journey of the international...
02/28/2020

Tickets available now! Can’t get enough Yayoi Kusama? Explore the prolific and decades-long journey of the internationally acclaimed artist on the big screen on Sunday, March 1. Get tickets to see Kusama: Infinity (free with museum admission) --> https://bit.ly/32FkDGr

"It’s hard to think of an artist who's having more of a moment than Sterling Ruby,” (Miami New Times). Come explore Ster...
02/28/2020

"It’s hard to think of an artist who's having more of a moment than Sterling Ruby,” (Miami New Times). Come explore Sterling Ruby’s colorfully material world from ceramics to paintings to sculptures to quilts – at the ICA. Now on view --> bit.ly/sterlingruby

On Mar 5, artist Tschabalala Self discusses her creative process and practice in reclaiming the figure, in this FREE pub...
02/27/2020

On Mar 5, artist Tschabalala Self discusses her creative process and practice in reclaiming the figure, in this FREE public program in conversation with ICA Mannion Family Curator Ruth Erickson. Mark your calendar --> http://bit.ly/3chqk3d

Now open!🩸 Sterling Ruby features an array of works by the artist @sterlingruby across many materials and forms—includin...
02/26/2020

Now open!🩸 Sterling Ruby features an array of works by the artist @sterlingruby across many materials and forms—including ceramics, paintings, collage, sculptures and quilts. Come explore --> bit.ly/sterlingruby

“Only 15 percent of English language biographies on [Wikipedia] are about women — and even those need a lot of work,” re...
02/24/2020
At The ICA, A Wikipedia 'Edit-A-Thon' Aims To Close The Gender Gap

“Only 15 percent of English language biographies on [Wikipedia] are about women — and even those need a lot of work,” reports WBUR 90.9 FM. On March 1, kick off Women’s History Month and help close the gender gap in Wikipedia articles and editors at the ICA’s annual Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon. RSVP --> bit.ly/2v3nhed

#ArtandFeminism #NowEditingAF

If you’ve ever Googled anything on the internet, chances are you’ve found your way to Wikipedia. The genius of the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia is that anyone can edit it. But not everyone does.

Details of Sterling Ruby’s solo exhibition, the artist’s first comprehensive museum survey – opens Wed, Feb 26 --> bit.l...
02/23/2020

Details of Sterling Ruby’s solo exhibition, the artist’s first comprehensive museum survey – opens Wed, Feb 26 --> bit.ly/sterlingruby

"I hope they have a good time," says the Art Lab resident artist Merill Comeau in a Q&A with The Boston Globe. "I’m hopi...
02/23/2020
This fiber artist is enlisting ICA visitors for her ‘portrait of the community’ quilt - The Boston Globe

"I hope they have a good time," says the Art Lab resident artist Merill Comeau in a Q&A with The Boston Globe. "I’m hoping this is fun and expressive and that there’s joy in experiencing color."

Take an art break every Sat + Sun afternoon with Threads of Connection, a new interactive art project for visitors of all ages! Or stop in for Play Date on Feb 29 and meet the artist --> https://bit.ly/2uACGCc

Merill Comeau's « Threads of Connection » invites museumgoers to choose their own pieces for the patchwork.

Get to know artist Carolina Caycedo, whose work "delves into issues of environmental justice, feminism and displacement"...
02/22/2020
Ghosts in the water: Carolina Caycedo's river portraits and video apparitions tell difficult stories

Get to know artist Carolina Caycedo, whose work "delves into issues of environmental justice, feminism and displacement" (Los Angeles Times). Caycedo's "Cosmotarrayas" – sculptures made of fishing nets and other found objects – are now on view at the ICA --> bit.ly/caycedo

At the Orange County Museum of Art, L.A. artist Carolina Caycedo fills galleries with water images. At the Huntington Library, her video apparitions haunt the halls. And recently at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Caycedo explored the destructive nature of dams.

"POWER isn’t a reenactment, but rather a kind of enlargement of what might have been, combining and filtering movement i...
02/21/2020
Reggie Wilson’s Fist and Heel Performance Group finds inspiration in Black Shakers - The Boston Globe

"POWER isn’t a reenactment, but rather a kind of enlargement of what might have been, combining and filtering movement influences and practices through a Black sensibility and a distinctly postmodern lens," writes The Boston Globe.

Tonight (and again tomorrow!), Reggie Wilson and Fist and Heel Performance Group take the stage at the ICA --> https://bit.ly/32ieMYU

The Brooklyn-based company performs “Power" at the ICA Friday and Saturday.

Spanning two decades and featuring more than 70 works ranging from painting, collage, and sculpture, Sterling Ruby opens...
02/21/2020

Spanning two decades and featuring more than 70 works ranging from painting, collage, and sculpture, Sterling Ruby opens next week on Feb 26 at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston after a three-month run at co-organizer Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.

Working across many materials and forms, Ruby combines disparate elements and reclaims materials as a form of autobiographical and cultural archeology. Plan your visit --> http://bit.ly/sterlingruby

Wine, beer, and contemporary art: the recipe for a perfect Friday night... The ICA is open late until 9 PM on Fridays! A...
02/21/2020

Wine, beer, and contemporary art: the recipe for a perfect Friday night... The ICA is open late until 9 PM on Fridays! And don't forget to stop by the Common Room on the first floor for drinks and food for sale. Start your weekend off right --> https://bit.ly/2GcYPdg

Create a work of art to share in our community tapestry or take yours home! Plus, today from 12–4 PM – meet, chat, and w...
02/20/2020

Create a work of art to share in our community tapestry or take yours home! Plus, today from 12–4 PM – meet, chat, and work alongside Merill Comeau, the artist behind our latest Art Lab project: Threads of Connection. Get crafty for vacation week --> https://bit.ly/2v5zEFW

Here's a #sneakpeek of artist Sterling Ruby's solo exhibition opening next week on Feb 26. Co-organized with Institute o...
02/19/2020

Here's a #sneakpeek of artist Sterling Ruby's solo exhibition opening next week on Feb 26.

Co-organized with Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, the exhibition is the artist's most comprehensive museum survey to date, bringing together more than 70 works for the first time to demonstrate the relationship between material transformation in Ruby’s practice and the rapid evolution of contemporary culture, institutions, and labor.

Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with POWER on Feb 21 + 22. Inspired by Black Shaker women leaders, Reggie Wilson/Fist and H...
02/15/2020

Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with POWER on Feb 21 + 22. Inspired by Black Shaker women leaders, Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group enliven Shaker values, practices, and history in this thrilling performance. Get your tickets ASAP --> http://bit.ly/2OeE7Nv

In this animated short, see how we learn in an art museum—from outer to inner, from deep to deepest, seriously and since...
02/15/2020

In this animated short, see how we learn in an art museum—from outer to inner, from deep to deepest, seriously and sincerely. Don’t miss "Muteum" in an (actual) museum, among other 2019 Sundance Film Festival Shorts this weekend: Feb 15 + 16 --> https://bit.ly/2HqWn2t

WBUR’s Arielle Gray gets personal about Tschabalala Self’s depictions of Black female bodies in this piece for The ARTer...
02/14/2020
What Tschabalala Self's 'Out of Body' at the ICA Taught Me About My Own Body

WBUR’s Arielle Gray gets personal about Tschabalala Self’s depictions of Black female bodies in this piece for The ARTery, writing, “in ‘Out of Body,’ Self hands us back the agency and autonomy Western culture has pilfered.” Discover contemporary art through your own lens --> bit.ly/icaself

A writer reflects on how she sees herself and black bodies, and how they're seen through the eyes of others.

We love to see it. 💞 From LOVE IS CALLING to love down the aisle, show your friends, family, or that special someone how...
02/14/2020

We love to see it. 💞 From LOVE IS CALLING to love down the aisle, show your friends, family, or that special someone how much you adore them today (or, show yourself with some self-love and self-care!). Happy Valentine's Day!

#DidYouKnow you can say your "I do's" at the ICA? Host your wedding at the ICA with contemporary art and The Catered Affair.

Get creative during school vacation week Feb 19–21 with “Threads of Connection,” a new interactive community quilt proje...
02/14/2020
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Get creative during school vacation week Feb 19–21 with “Threads of Connection,” a new interactive community quilt project by local fiber artist Merill Comeau. Plus, join us Thursday, February 20 to meet the artist — or stop by any Saturday or Sunday afternoon to create art in the Art Lab! --> https://bit.ly/2uACGCc

In the Sundance-winning documentary short film FAST HORSE, get a glimpse into "North America's first extreme sport": Ind...
02/13/2020
A Thrilling Look at America’s First Extreme Sport

In the Sundance-winning documentary short film FAST HORSE, get a glimpse into "North America's first extreme sport": Indian Relay, a high-stakes and dangerous horse-racing tradition. See this and other Sundance Film Festival Shorts Feb 13-16. Get tickets --> https://bit.ly/2HqWn2t

A jockey competes in Indian Relay, a dangerous and high-stakes horse-racing tradition.

Can't wait until the weekend? Enjoy free admission Thursday from 5–9 PM. Plus, join assistant curator Jeffrey De Blois a...
02/13/2020

Can't wait until the weekend? Enjoy free admission Thursday from 5–9 PM. Plus, join assistant curator Jeffrey De Blois as he discusses Carolina Caycedo's exhibition of "Cosmotarrayas," the artist's series of hanging sculptures that explore themes of human empowerment and environmental justice --> https://bit.ly/39eApLN

Tickets now available! Celebrate Women’s History Month in March with one of influential artist Yayoi Kusama's most belov...
02/12/2020

Tickets now available! Celebrate Women’s History Month in March with one of influential artist Yayoi Kusama's most beloved Infinity Mirror Rooms. Reserve your tickets to see LOVE IS CALLING in March --> bit.ly/ICAkusama

On Feb 28, award-winning composer Jennifer Walshe presents two multidisciplinary works with Mivos Quartet, M.C. Schmidt,...
02/11/2020
Composer Jennifer Walshe's Imaginary Irish Avant-garde

On Feb 28, award-winning composer Jennifer Walshe presents two multidisciplinary works with Mivos Quartet, M.C. Schmidt, and Wobbly. “Walshe's performances - often primal in their vocal intensity and magnitude - are a hell of a lot of fun” (Frieze). Get your tickets now --> http://bit.ly/3buAKf8

‘Walshe’s work as a composer and sound artist draws on a form of cultural consumption that stems from living on the periphery of the metropolis’

Museum and chill for Valentine’s Day? On Feb 14, treat your Valentine to a glass of champagne or sparkling rosé, plus ch...
02/11/2020
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Museum and chill for Valentine’s Day? On Feb 14, treat your Valentine to a glass of champagne or sparkling rosé, plus chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate truffles, and other sweet treats for sale. Join us for a special Bubble Bar pop-up + catch a screening of Sundance short films. Make it a movie date --> https://bit.ly/2HqWn2t

"Unabashed and unapologetic, but also empowering and tender," writes The Boston Globe in a review of Tschabalala Self's ...
02/07/2020

"Unabashed and unapologetic, but also empowering and tender," writes The Boston Globe in a review of Tschabalala Self's solo exhibition "Out of Body" at the ICA --> https://bit.ly/3bjdXTu

In the short film 'St. Louis Superman,' leading Ferguson activist and battle rapper Bruce Frank Jr. is elected to the ov...
02/07/2020

In the short film 'St. Louis Superman,' leading Ferguson activist and battle rapper Bruce Frank Jr. is elected to the overwhelmingly white and Republican Missouri House of Representatives, and must overcome both personal trauma and political obstacles to pass a bill critical to his community. Watch this Oscar-nominated true story at the ICA during #BlackHistoryMonth. See it on Sat, Feb 8 at the 3pm Oscar documentary shorts screening --> https://bit.ly/2UB0qkz

Jill Medvedow has been at the helm of the ICA since 1998, transforming it into one of the nation’s foremost contemporary...
02/07/2020

Jill Medvedow has been at the helm of the ICA since 1998, transforming it into one of the nation’s foremost contemporary art museums. Medvedow joins City Awake on Tue, Feb 11 for conversations on the importance of art in light of health, justice, and happiness at this year's Words of Wisdom dinner. --> https://bit.ly/39cfcSI

Thrilled to announce two additions to our Curatorial team: Anni Pullagura, a 2018 Curatorial Fellow joining as Curatoria...
02/06/2020

Thrilled to announce two additions to our Curatorial team: Anni Pullagura, a 2018 Curatorial Fellow joining as Curatorial Assistant, and Juan Omar Rodriguez, a new Curatorial Fellow for 2020. Welcome to the ICA! --> bit.ly/384x69Y

From the ICA collection: this painting by artist Jenny Holzer titled "Enclosure (Deep Red)," drew on declassified docume...
02/05/2020

From the ICA collection: this painting by artist Jenny Holzer titled "Enclosure (Deep Red)," drew on declassified documents obtained by The George Washington University’s National Security Archive through the Freedom of Information Act. The work is part Holzer's Archive project.

The document screen-printed on the painting outlines allegations against soldiers for incidents occurring during the Iraq War, though all personal information is fully redacted and the outcomes withheld. By juxtaposing abstract painting with this authoritative and inaccessible document, "Enclosure (Deep Red)" creates a complex relationship between painting and politics. Holzer emerged in the 1980s by harnessing the power of language in the public realm to interrogate such issues as violence, sex, and money. Learn more --> https://bit.ly/3b8DTRT

Happy Birthday Nick Cave, born #onthisday, who first gained widespread recognition for his “Soundsuits," full-body outfi...
02/04/2020

Happy Birthday Nick Cave, born #onthisday, who first gained widespread recognition for his “Soundsuits," full-body outfits crafted from discarded objects found in antique shops and flea markets. In 2014, the ICA presented a solo exhibition of Cave's freestanding sculptures --> https://bit.ly/3b9qmJG

Cave created his first Soundsuit after the Rodney King beating in 1992. "I built this sort of suit of armor, and by putting it on, I realized that I could make a sound from moving in it,” says Cave. “It made me think of ideas around protest, and how we should be a voice and speak louder.”

#BlackHistoryMonth #BostonBlackHistory

#OnThisDay, we congratulate our friends at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on their 150th anniversary! 🎉 The ICA is hono...
02/04/2020

#OnThisDay, we congratulate our friends at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on their 150th anniversary! 🎉 The ICA is honored to show this painting by Yayoi Kusama titled "Dots Infinity NOWH," on loan from the MFA's permanent collection and currently on view in the ICA exhibition "Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama." As early as 1963, Kusama suggested the use of geometric pattern as a matrix that linked the self to others, and to the world: "When we obliterate nature and our own bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment." Here's to 150 more colorful years, MFA! #mfa150

Surround yourself in Carolina Caycedo’s dream-like sculptures, now on view at the ICA. Made from handmade fishing nets a...
02/04/2020

Surround yourself in Carolina Caycedo’s dream-like sculptures, now on view at the ICA. Made from handmade fishing nets and other objects collected from riverside communities, the artist’s work invites viewers to consider our relationship with the natural world and environmental justice. See it for yourself --> bit.ly/caycedo

Get your LOVE IS CALLING tickets for March and celebrate Women’s History Month with one of Yayoi Kusama's most beloved I...
02/04/2020

Get your LOVE IS CALLING tickets for March and celebrate Women’s History Month with one of Yayoi Kusama's most beloved Infinity Mirror Rooms in the world. Tickets on sale Wed, Feb 12—or become a member and reserve yours now, Feb 4–11 --> bit.ly/ICAkusama

02/03/2020
Studio Visit: Tschabalala Self | Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

"The figures are less characters or subjects, and more like avatars or icons," says artist Tschabalala Self, whose largest exhibition to date is on view at ICA.

In her studio in New Haven, Connecticut, the artist unpacks her process and goes deeper into materials, inspiration, and the characters she depicts in the layered artworks she creates from fabric and thread.

See this video and more about Self's artwork: bit.ly/icaself

Exciting news! We can't wait to dig into this. In 2015, the ICA presented "Leap Before You Look," the first comprehensiv...
01/31/2020
Over 3,000 Materials From the Black Mountain College Archives Will Be Digitized

Exciting news! We can't wait to dig into this. In 2015, the ICA presented "Leap Before You Look," the first comprehensive museum exhibition on the subject of Black Mountain College in the U.S. Take a trip down memory lane --> https://bit.ly/38XbUmi

Thanks to a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Asheville Art Museum will digitize its largely hidden Black Mountain College Collection.

"When I was younger, I felt there was something aspirational about escaping identity. Now, I don’t think there’s freedom...
01/30/2020
Tschabalala Self on double consciousness, her artistic pantheon, and “Out of Body”

"When I was younger, I felt there was something aspirational about escaping identity. Now, I don’t think there’s freedom in any lived experience that’s devoid of it," writes Tschabalala Self on the topics of double consciousness, her artistic pantheon, and her most recent ICA exhibition “Out of Body,” currently on view. Read more via Artforum --> https://bit.ly/3aWVxrM

Through an exaggerative figuration that embraces painting, sewing, assemblage, as well as a sensuous and implacable charisma, New Haven–based artist Tschabalala Self invites us to rethink how bodies are marked by race and gender while crafting her own expanding visual universe. Her exhibition “T...

01/29/2020

Did you miss Rakim's artist talk last month? Hear the legendary musician in conversation with Bakari Kitwana, former editor of The Source magazine, and Marcyliena Morgan of Hiphop Archive and Research Institute on Rakim's book "Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius." (P.S. Happy belated Birthday to Rakim, who celebrated his 52nd birthday yesterday!) Watch the full talk --> http://bit.ly/37DaBZb

Do you remember artist Krzysztof Wodiczko's "Bunker Hill Monument" in Charlestown in 1998, part of ICA Director Jill Med...
01/29/2020
A Monument Man Gives Memorials New Stories to Tell

Do you remember artist Krzysztof Wodiczko's "Bunker Hill Monument" in Charlestown in 1998, part of ICA Director Jill Medvedow's "Vita Brevis" public artwork series? Go deeper in this The New York Times coverage of Wodiczko's longstanding practice of projecting videos onto historical statuary and structures, making monuments into megaphones for the powerless in society. --> https://nyti.ms/2O9mfmS

Using video projections, the artist Krzysztof Wodiczko reclaims public spaces for marginalized viewpoints.

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I have 2 tickets for sale to Love Is Calling exhibit next Saturday 2/29 at 4pm. Will sell for face value. Message me if interested. Thanks!
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15 from 2 – 6 pm at Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. Art, Music, Food, Drink with the a “Band of 7” who have been making art and together since the early 70’s. Who give thanks to their mentors (Togneri, Elliot, Cummings Ron Fortier Robert Dec Marcia Goodwin Denyse Wilhelm Gail Edwards Robert Brodesky D B Dauer Studio