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On Jan 24, join us for a new year of Sunday Brunch Jams, called some of the "the coolest virtual museum experiences" by ...
01/15/2021

On Jan 24, join us for a new year of Sunday Brunch Jams, called some of the "the coolest virtual museum experiences" by Boston Magazine. Now with DJ-recommended local eats, this popular Instagram live set returns with DJ Knife + Braun Dapper and their favorite Southie restaurant Lincoln Tavern. Order in + jam out --> http://bit.ly/39AAlrp

Our doors may be closed for now, but you can still get up close to art and the artistic process! To expand access to "i’...
01/15/2021

Our doors may be closed for now, but you can still get up close to art and the artistic process! To expand access to "i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times," we've created a virtual experience of the exhibition.

Explore more here --> https://loom.ly/sH4fE9Y

We're just going to leave this here in case you didn't get the memo... It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day! 🥺🐶
01/14/2021

We're just going to leave this here in case you didn't get the memo... It’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day! 🥺🐶

Be sure to check out "Protect Your Seedling" by ICA Teen Programs alum, current teaching assistant, and local artist Mit...
01/12/2021
At the BCA, a mural sprouts from the words of 1970s Black feminists - The Boston Globe

Be sure to check out "Protect Your Seedling" by ICA Teen Programs alum, current teaching assistant, and local artist Mithsuca Berry, gracing the front windows of Boston Center for the Arts. Get a glimpse of their beautiful work from outside and learn more about the BCA's months-long series of events called “Combahee’s Radical Call: Black Feminisms (re)Awaken Boston” --> http://bit.ly/35QBTwH

Mithsuca Berry’s new painting is inspired by Boston's Combahee River Collective, which formed in 1977.

01/11/2021
Eva Hesse's Unforgettable Legacy | ICA/Boston

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Eva Hesse, born #onthisday in 1936. In 2016, the ICA acquired three works by Hesse that demonstrate the range, invention, and influence of her distinctive and unforgettable legacy. Watch this deep dive video into Hesse's extraordinary use of materials and discover the enormous impression the artist left in contemporary art and sculpture --> bit.ly/3i6VgXc

Today is the birthday of the late artist #MarkMorrisroe, who would have turned 62 years old #onthisday. Fellow artist an...
01/10/2021

Today is the birthday of the late artist #MarkMorrisroe, who would have turned 62 years old #onthisday. Fellow artist and friend Gail Thacker photographed this portrait titled "Mark Morrisroe in Bed," included in the ICA exhibition i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times.

Thacker made this image the same year Morrisroe died of AIDS-related illnesses. “The only thing I had control over was my relationship to these Polaroids. This was the only way I could stop time from destroying the rest of my friends," says Thacker. Through artists like Thacker, we remember the toll the HIV/AIDS epidemic took globally, from the 1980s to today. Relating her embrace of the fugitive qualities of the photographic medium to her experience of the epidemic, which took the lives of many of her friends and partners, the artist dedicates herself to a sensitive depiction of the intimacy and friendship of her personal and domestic spaces.

01/09/2021

We're celebrating all the nerds of the world #OnThisDay for Word Nerd Day—artists included! In a Q+A with the ICA for his 2017 solo exhibition, artist Mark Dion spoke about the importance of the amateur or dilettante, and of "nerd culture": "I guess I am an enthusiast for enthusiasts. I have a great deal of respect for those who take an active roll in the construction of their desire motivated by curiosity," says Dion. "So the space for the intellectually curious generalist seems to be not merely noble but also a place of great pleasure, passion, and potential camaraderie." Hear more from the artist --> bit.ly/35ntX5E

Look back in this video with Mark Dion as he collects specimens for a work featured in "Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist," organized by the ICA in 2017.

Cady Noland’s work examines the underbelly of the American psyche. The modern American flag is a recurring component in ...
01/08/2021

Cady Noland’s work examines the underbelly of the American psyche. The modern American flag is a recurring component in many of the artist’s sculptures, including this work, titled "Objectification Process."

Here, Noland has placed the flag—still rolled in its plastic case, complete with a flagpole and accompanying heraldic eagle topper—across the interior U-shaped frame of an orthopedic walker, to which Noland has also attached disconcerting embellishments of chains, hooks, metal grates, and plastic rings. These objects might allude to restrictions of movement, ability, and progress, while the mass-produced flag suggests a critique of the commodification of culture. Together, the work revisits the symbolic undercurrent of our everyday material and environment, questioning how economy, commodity, and politics influence our social lives.

Noland's piece is currently installed in i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times, and will be on view again when the museum reopens --> bit.ly/ICAimyours

For a limited time, stream "Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine." Filmed with unparalleled acc...
01/08/2021
Portrait of a Haunted Artist Who Befriended Giant Spiders (Published 2008)

For a limited time, stream "Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine." Filmed with unparalleled access between 1993 and 2007, the documentary "reveals much about this haunting and haunted master." Watch it now --> http://bit.ly/2MJsMXR

This uncommonly elegant and evocative portrait of Louise Bourgeois reveals much about the haunting and haunted master while leaving intact the thing you cannot explain.

Today we pay tribute to #AlvinAiley, born #onthisday in 1931. Revisit the work of artist Nick Cave, who trained as a dan...
01/05/2021

Today we pay tribute to #AlvinAiley, born #onthisday in 1931. Revisit the work of artist Nick Cave, who trained as a dancer at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre while completing his BFA at Kansas City Art Institute. In 2014, the ICA presented Cave's Soundsuits, which are often shown in motion through performances.

“I was always interested in movement,” says Cave for The New York Times in 2009, “but I knew I didn’t want to devote myself exclusively to dance. I wanted to bridge dance and art.” This idea is central to the work of Ailey, who was known as the “founding father of modern dance” and often drew on spiritual, gospel, and blues music in much of his choreography. His influential work, Revelations, is an expression of the African-American religious experience built on his upbringing in a Baptist church in rural Texas.

01/04/2021
Tank and the Bangas (Bonus Track)

Let's start the new year fresh with Grammy-nominated Tank and the Bangas in this bonus track performance from last year's Virtual ICA Gala honoring Virgil Abloh and Sterling Ruby! Want more music performances? Vist icaboston.org/ica-home to explore more!

Ho ho ho! 🎅 Our friends at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center brought along a special guest to pick up food donation...
12/23/2020

Ho ho ho! 🎅 Our friends at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center brought along a special guest to pick up food donations at the ICA Watershed!

Since this summer, the ICA has partnered with The Catered Affair to serve the East Boston community hard hit by Covid-19, distributing fresh produce, dairy, and staples along with artist-created activities to community partners at the Watershed weekly.

Look up #OnThisDay for the winter solstice, the shortest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere—and maybe you'll ...
12/21/2020

Look up #OnThisDay for the winter solstice, the shortest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere—and maybe you'll find something unexpected.

In "Untitled (Reaper Drone)" by Trevor Paglen, a seemingly calm and luminous morning skyscape reveals something more sinister. Since the 1990s, Paglen has photographed isolated military air bases using a telescopic camera lens. In this photograph, a miniature drone is midflight and nearly imperceptible, suggested only as a small black speck at the bottom of the image. The artist’s photographs are taken at such a distance that they abstract the scene and distort our capacity to make sense of the image. His work exposes hidden secrets about what can be seen and fully understood.

What's on your wish list this year? Kelly Sherman's text-based work titled "Wish Lists" presents forty such lists, taken...
12/19/2020

What's on your wish list this year? Kelly Sherman's text-based work titled "Wish Lists" presents forty such lists, taken from the Internet, each on a separate sheet of paper. The lists offer a powerful, suggestive glimpse into the lives of their authors, with hints about their age, gender, and circumstances. The items requested range from the most broad and basic, such as “School,” to the minutely specific, such as “VideoNow Color Disks 3-Pack: Monster Garage 2.” Individually and collectively, the wish lists reveal how we are shaped by the things we live with and long for—both necessary and not.

"Wish Lists," winning Sherman the 2006 #ICAFosterPrize, is the first fully text-based work acquired by the ICA --> bit.ly/2WqCcc7

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the history of MASS MoCA and its groundbreaking 2016 Nick Cave installation with this Me...
12/18/2020
‘Museum Town’ Review: A Love Letter to Mass MoCA

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the history of MASS MoCA and its groundbreaking 2016 Nick Cave installation with this Meryl Streep narrated documentary that the New York Times calls "worth watching." Stream Museum Town now --> http://bit.ly/38jUaT9

This documentary looks at how a contemporary art museum in Western Massachusetts transformed a struggling small town.

Get ready to laugh at the most inventive U.K. ads from the last 40 years featuring self-deprecating humor, social satire...
12/18/2020

Get ready to laugh at the most inventive U.K. ads from the last 40 years featuring self-deprecating humor, social satire, political provocation, musical sequences, celebrities, and naughty innuendo. Stream the British Arrows Greatest Hits now--> http://bit.ly/37xmUJ7

On Dec 16, our friends at MCA Denver are hosting a virtual talk with Nan Goldin—whose artistic roots trace back to Bosto...
12/15/2020
Nan Goldin in conversation with Tania Bruguera about art and activism

On Dec 16, our friends at MCA Denver are hosting a virtual talk with Nan Goldin—whose artistic roots trace back to Boston—in conversation with Tania Bruguera about art and activism. More details about the FREE online event here --> bit.ly/3r2ewZW

Nan Goldin talks about her activism inside and outside of the studio.

We can't thank you enough for all the love and support, especially in response to the ICA building's temporary closure t...
12/10/2020

We can't thank you enough for all the love and support, especially in response to the ICA building's temporary closure this week. Someone left this little beauty on our grandstand and the feeling is mutual. Our hearts are full! ❤️

Support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)-owned businesses this holiday! The ICA's Winter Harbor Market, ou...
12/08/2020

Support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)-owned businesses this holiday! The ICA's Winter Harbor Market, our popular artisan market has moved online to connect you virtually with local makers, creators, and artists! Shop handmade gifts to round out your last few days of holiday shopping --> bit.ly/2VTKJEj

On Dec 15, step up your holiday cooking with a virtual edition of Talking Taste with Chef Susana Trilling. Learn to make...
12/08/2020
A Flavorful Visit With Susana Trilling In Oaxaca - Food Republic

On Dec 15, step up your holiday cooking with a virtual edition of Talking Taste with Chef Susana Trilling. Learn to make Estofado de Pollo from a renowned authority on Oaxacan cuisine. Free for members. Reserve your tickets today to get the recipe--> https://bit.ly/376Ewdd

Here's an interview with Susana Trilling, the Texas-born chef who moved to Mexico 25 years ago and is now one of the foremost proponents of Oaxacan cuisine. All this, and photos of Empellon's Alex Stupak in her cooking class, after the jump.

The ICA has voluntarily closed its building to the public to support the city and state in their efforts to contain the ...
12/07/2020

The ICA has voluntarily closed its building to the public to support the city and state in their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community. We hope that you will continue to visit the museum virtually --> icaboston.org/ica-home

Our teams will be in touch if you've purchased admission tickets for on or after December 8. Thank you for your ongoing support of the ICA. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021.

From drum-making to watercolors to poetry, there’s so much you can do to spark creativity with the Art Lab at Home! Virt...
12/05/2020

From drum-making to watercolors to poetry, there’s so much you can do to spark creativity with the Art Lab at Home! Virtual activities from local artists invite kids and families to explore, reimagine, and question. Always open, always FREE --> bit.ly/ICAartlab

“The show seems to suggest that the old museum canons are melting away,” writes The ARTery about the newly opened i’m yo...
12/04/2020

“The show seems to suggest that the old museum canons are melting away,” writes The ARTery about the newly opened i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times. See old favorites and new works from the collection. Learn about safety procedures and reserve tickets --> bit.ly/ICAimyours

12/04/2020
The Artist's Voice: Rania Matar | Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, chats virtually with Rania Matar Photographer about the artist’s current Across the Window series of portraits taken in and around Boston during COVID-19. Hear more about Matar’s process for making art during the current pandemic, an example of which is included in i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times --> bit.ly/ICAimyours

12/02/2020
First Fridays: Home Alone teaser

Home (alone) for the holidays? Join Boston-based spoken word poet Anthony Febo, choreographer and performer Key’Aira Lockett, and 2020 Boston Music Awards nominee Optic Bloom for a collaborative performance celebrating hope, festivity, and community. First Fridays: Home Alone premieres Dec 4. Stream it for FREE --> https://bit.ly/36xzFCM

Today is #GivingTuesday, and your support more than ever is deeply appreciated in this time of uncertainty.#DidYouKnow ​...
12/01/2020

Today is #GivingTuesday, and your support more than ever is deeply appreciated in this time of uncertainty.

#DidYouKnow ​that kids 18 and under are always welcomed to the ICA for free? Each year, the ICA welcomes nearly 7,000 youth visitors to the museum—for Play Dates, Teen Programs, school vacation weeks, tours, and art-making activities. While we are not able to be together for onsite programs, we are working hard to ensure that our virtual doors are open to the young people and families we serve.

The ICA is committed to providing access to the art and artists of our time. Support today by making a donation, becoming a member, or sharing a free, downloadable art-making activity with a young person in your life!

Donate --> bit.ly/ICAdonatenow
Become a member --> bit.ly/ICAmembership
Share art --> bit.ly/ICAartlab

On Dec 3, Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, chats virtually with Rania Matar about the artist’s current Across Wind...
12/01/2020

On Dec 3, Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, chats virtually with Rania Matar about the artist’s current Across Windows series of portraits taken in and around Boston during COVID-19. Hear more about Matar’s process for making art during an ongoing pandemic, an example of which is included in i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times. RSVP --> bit.ly/3ob0Ucw

The ARTery covers the newly-opened ICA exhibition and writes, "the show seems to suggest that the old museum canons are ...
11/29/2020

The ARTery covers the newly-opened ICA exhibition and writes, "the show seems to suggest that the old museum canons are melting away, along with rigid and exclusive ways of describing the world." Here's what else they had to say --> wbur.fm/33hGSFe

i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times is now on view. Timed tickets to the ICA are required to enable a safe capacity. Reserve tickets --> icaboston.org/visit

Looking for something special? Come browse the ICA Store for #ShopSmallSaturday and #MuseumStoreSunday this weekend - or...
11/28/2020

Looking for something special? Come browse the ICA Store for #ShopSmallSaturday and #MuseumStoreSunday this weekend - or score FREE SHIPPING online through Cyber Monday. (And ICA members always save 10%!) --> icastore.org

Happy #Thanksgiving from our ICA family to yours. 🍂 As with every year but especially this one, we are thankful to you, ...
11/26/2020

Happy #Thanksgiving from our ICA family to yours. 🍂 As with every year but especially this one, we are thankful to you, our visitors, for your continued support. Whether you're celebrating virtually or spending time with loved ones at home, we hope your stomachs and hearts are well fed.

The ICA is closed today and will reopen Friday, November 27, with reduced hours from 10 AM – 5 PM. Plan your visit! Timed tickets are required to ensure a safe capacity, and can be reserved here --> icaboston.org/visit

In the late 1970s, Diane Simpson became fascinated with the translation of two-dimensional forms into three-dimensional ...
11/26/2020

In the late 1970s, Diane Simpson became fascinated with the translation of two-dimensional forms into three-dimensional objects. Like many of her sculptures, "Vest (Scalloped)" signals notions of fashion and dress, though the vest’s material challenges expectations: what appears to be draped fabric is in fact linoleum, a material commonly used as kitchen flooring.

The patterned linoleum and dress stand evoke mid-20th-century domestic aesthetics, while the garment—hung as if on display or ready to be worn— references ideas of gender and the body. This work is on view now in "Home Again" in the ICA's new exhibition, i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times --> bit.ly/ICAimyours

Planning your visit this week? The ICA will be closed Thursday, November 26, for #Thanksgiving and opened with reduced h...
11/25/2020

Planning your visit this week? The ICA will be closed Thursday, November 26, for #Thanksgiving and opened with reduced hours, 10 am to 5 pm, on Friday, November 27.

Timed tickets are required to ensure a safe capacity, and can be reserved online by visiting icaboston.org/visit.

Through Nov 27, watch 44 current and former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company members come together (while being apart) t...
11/19/2020

Through Nov 27, watch 44 current and former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company members come together (while being apart) to create something as a community in support of the Black Strategy Fund, The The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, and Buy from a Black Woman. RSVP to stream Continuous Replay: Come Together (for free) --> https://bit.ly/3pJDDA1

The Artist's Voice: Zanele Muholi has been POSTPONED due to unforeseen circumstances. Stay tuned for more details. In th...
11/19/2020

The Artist's Voice: Zanele Muholi has been POSTPONED due to unforeseen circumstances. Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, come see their work on view in i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times, opening this evening at 5 PM! --> bit.ly/ICAimyours

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The Art of Manuel Miranda. Riusy Axas. Mixed Media on Paper, 9” x 7,” 1991.
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