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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For his project “…first in thought, then in action,” artist Anthony Romero has worked with the East Boston communi...
11/07/2019

For his project “…first in thought, then in action,” artist Anthony Romero has worked with the East Boston community around issues of migration, activism, and displacement. On Nov 14, come to a FREE learning session, Stable Ground: Anti-Displacement Lab with NuLawLab, and gain the knowledge, resources, and skills to combat housing inequality in Boston --> http://bit.ly/2p14GfI

11/07/2019
Suitcase Stories: Tereza

"We might get separated," exclaims Tereza in this Suitcase Stories preview. Be all ears tomorrow (Nov 7) when three local residents share their personal experiences of immigration in inspiring performances. Limited tickets available now for the ICA's presentation of ICA Forum: Suitcase Stories Unpacked. Reserve yours! --> https://bit.ly/33rnKCA

TONIGHT: Hear artist Firelei Báez in a free public talk presented by Tufts University Art Galleries, discussing her pas...
11/06/2019
Visiting Artist Lecture: Firelei Báez - Tufts University Art Galleries

TONIGHT: Hear artist Firelei Báez in a free public talk presented by Tufts University Art Galleries, discussing her past and recent projects from the Berlin Biennale to The High Line in New York. Get to know Báez's artistic practice before her site-specific installation debuts at the ICA Watershed next summer! --> http://bit.ly/32p6mxc

Wednesday, November 6, 7pm Museum of Fine Arts/Boston

Award-winning choreographer Faye Driscoll returns to the ICA on Nov 21–24 with Thank You For Coming: Space, “the exh...
11/06/2019
Miriam Felton-Dansky on Faye Driscoll's Thank You For Coming: Space

Award-winning choreographer Faye Driscoll returns to the ICA on Nov 21–24 with Thank You For Coming: Space, “the exhilaratingly personal culmination of the [Thank You For Coming] series, a solo piece about the labor of dying, and the work of grief.” Be a part of this intimate and moving performance --> http://bit.ly/32SPW13

DYING IS A PROCESS, one that is both arduous and physically precise—so Faye Driscoll reminds us as we walk through a darkened theater wing to see Thank You For Coming: Space, which premiered as part of Montclair State University’s Peak Performances. This choreographic investigation of death begi...

We have some exciting bits of news! The ICA will present the first museum survey of artist Deana Lawson's powerful work,...
11/05/2019

We have some exciting bits of news! The ICA will present the first museum survey of artist Deana Lawson's powerful work, opening Fall 2020. We're also thrilled to join the Feminist Art Coalition, a new consortium of art institutions from across the United States aimed at creating a nationwide season of programming informed by feminist thought and practice—and timed to coincide with the next presidential election.

Lawson's particular focus on portraiture has a timely resonance in the coming year, as her work investigates and challenges conventional representation of black identities, touching on broader ideas about personal and social histories. Her ICA exhibition will include art from the past 15 years as well as new work. Learn more about the Feminist Art Coalition by visiting their website --> feministartcoalition.org

Plan your holidays ahead and see Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING. Tickets for December + January will be available 10 AM o...
11/05/2019

Plan your holidays ahead and see Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING. Tickets for December + January will be available 10 AM on Tue, Nov 12. Want to reserve your spot NOW? Become an ICA member and get priority access TODAY (through Nov 11) --> bit.ly/ICAkusama

The Boston Globe on our latest exhibition: "'When Home Won't Let You Stay' eschews obvious activism and brings things do...
11/04/2019

The Boston Globe on our latest exhibition: "'When Home Won't Let You Stay' eschews obvious activism and brings things down to earth, to the rough, lived experience of the growing legions of the displaced." Go deeper in this review --> https://bit.ly/2rciogt

10/31/2019

We've dug up Dr. Lakra's "Sin título / Untitled (X8 Controla)" from the collection in celebration of #Halloween. 🕸️ In his works on paper, tattoo artist Dr. Lakra transforms found prints, advertisements, and objects. His work is often tinged with gothic overtones as he adds morbid symbols to the found imagery. Spiders, snakes, blood stains, and skeletons sneak onto the images of his unsuspecting subjects. This portrait appeared in a solo exhibition of Dr. Lakra’s work in 2010. Learn more about the work --> https://bit.ly/2q3yQit

Opening tonight at ArtsEmerson is the New England premiere of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a bold musical that cap...
10/30/2019

Opening tonight at ArtsEmerson is the New England premiere of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a bold musical that captures the essence of Robert Mapplethorpe's influential body of work, on stage! No stranger to Boston audiences, Mapplethorpe made a huge imprint in 1990 when his first U.S. museum exhibition culminated at the ICA Boston after traveling nationally from Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition's homoerotic content had already become embroiled in a public censorship scandal in the height of the decade's Culture Wars between the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Congress, and conservative organizations. The ICA’s determination to proceed with the exhibition in the midst of this heated debate testifies to its commitment to artists and to speaking out against censorship.

In “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art,” see how artists from a dozen countries are ...
10/29/2019

In “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art,” see how artists from a dozen countries are challenging established ideas of what it means to leave home, and to search and make home in other ways. Now on view --> http://bit.ly/78elyad

With the new MoMA The Museum of Modern Art now open, Artforum resurfaced this 2017 interview with architect Elizabeth Di...
10/27/2019
MACHINE AGE

With the new MoMA The Museum of Modern Art now open, Artforum resurfaced this 2017 interview with architect Elizabeth Diller, who worked on both the MoMA expansion and the ICA, and this gem:
"We were asked to do the ICA in Boston in 2000. When I met the director, Jill Medvedow, I had an epiphany. Here was my first institutional client, and she was of my generation. That meant that our voice had already somehow been heard. We couldn’t just think about the museum as 'the man' anymore. It was this woman, my peer, who wanted to make a new and different kind of institution."

JULIAN ROSE: You went to the Cooper Union in New York, one of the few institutions in this country where an art school and an architecture school coexist in the same building. How did that interdisciplinary environment affect you?ELIZABETH DILLER: I came to Cooper as an art student. I wanted to make...

Don't forget! Tomorrow's tour of "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art," led by an ICA guide...
10/26/2019

Don't forget! Tomorrow's tour of "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art," led by an ICA guide, will also be interpreted in American Sign Language. --> https://bit.ly/32M5Z0M

On #ArtsMatter Day today—we look back to an #ICAfirst when artist Kerry James Marshall, who was honored this week with...
10/25/2019

On #ArtsMatter Day today—we look back to an #ICAfirst when artist Kerry James Marshall, who was honored this week with a W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, received his first U.S. museum exhibition at the ICA in 1999. Marshall's contribution to black history and culture is indelible, and we're honored one of his works lives in the ICA collection --> https://bit.ly/2NdJvz6 #FlashbackFriday

On Sunday, Oct 27, join us for an interactive tour of our new exhibition "When Home Won't Let You Stay" led by an ICA to...
10/25/2019
ASL Tour: When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art | icaboston.org

On Sunday, Oct 27, join us for an interactive tour of our new exhibition "When Home Won't Let You Stay" led by an ICA tour guide and interpreted in American Sign Language. Learn how the artists in the exhibition grapple with upended ideas of home, histories, borders, and belonging. FREE with museum admission --> https://bit.ly/32M5Z0M

Discover our feature exhibition, When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art Meet your guide in the 4th floor lobby. Can’t attend? [email protected]

Limited FREE tickets now available! Join us tomorrow, Oct 24, for the Artist's Voice with Michelle Angela Ortiz, who has...
10/23/2019

Limited FREE tickets now available! Join us tomorrow, Oct 24, for the Artist's Voice with Michelle Angela Ortiz, who has used disruptive public art to share stories of families affected by separation and detention. Join the conversation --> https://bit.ly/2JclGGD

Note: Tickets are also available at the ICA starting 2 hours prior to event. Limit 2 per person. Check in at least 15 minutes prior to event, when unused tickets are released.

Keep your spooky celebrations going at First Fridays: Smoke and Mirrors on Nov 1. Experience illusion with a pop-up magi...
10/23/2019

Keep your spooky celebrations going at First Fridays: Smoke and Mirrors on Nov 1. Experience illusion with a pop-up magician and Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, plus tarot card making, music, dancing, and specialty elixirs. Advance tickets have sold out, but members are guaranteed admission. Join now —> https://bit.ly/1KFD8QE

Now on view! "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art" reveals how the forces of migration touc...
10/23/2019

Now on view! "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art" reveals how the forces of migration touch us all. Discover how contemporary artists are responding to the complexity of global movement today. Plan your visit --> https://bit.ly/31blGOh

What does it mean to migrate? Among the most complex and contested issue of our time, global migration is reflected and ...
10/22/2019
'When home won't let you stay': artwork addressing global migration

What does it mean to migrate? Among the most complex and contested issue of our time, global migration is reflected and challenged through the lens of 20 leading artists from across the globe. "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art," opens Oct 23 --> http://bit.ly/ica-migration

In a new exhibition in Boston, brings together 20 years of artists exploring issues of displacement and immigration

Oct 24: Michelle Angela Ortiz, known for amplifying the voices of families affected by separation and detention through ...
10/21/2019

Oct 24: Michelle Angela Ortiz, known for amplifying the voices of families affected by separation and detention through public art, shares her experiences as an artist and activist in a FREE public talk. Her large-scale mural is included in the exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art,” on view Oct 23 --> http://bit.ly/2MZdIBH

Spotted this past weekend! 🏀✨👀 Excited to have welcomed NBA Boston Celtics star athlete Enes Kanter, who stepped...
10/21/2019

Spotted this past weekend! 🏀✨👀 Excited to have welcomed NBA Boston Celtics star athlete Enes Kanter, who stepped inside Yayoi Kusama's LOVE IS CALLING and captured this slam dunk photo! (And the crowd goes wild.)

“I gradually feel myself under the spell of the accumulation and repetition in my ‘nets’ which expand beyond mysel...
10/20/2019

“I gradually feel myself under the spell of the accumulation and repetition in my ‘nets’ which expand beyond myself.” – Yayoi Kusama.

On view in the the ICA collection exhibition, Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama, is the painting "Beyond the Sky," one of many examples of Kusama’s “obliterations,” in which the figure and ground merge to evoke the artist’s visualization of infinity.

In 1959, Kusama began making large oil paintings in arcs, loops, and wavelike forms, and first exhibited them in Boston’s #NovaGallery (1955-60), an artist’s co-op on Stanhope Street. She termed these rhythmic, screen-like paintings: Infinity Nets. In "Beyond the Sky,” what appears as the ground of the painting is in fact a densely packed net of white dots through which one sees radiating arrangement of connected red dots, at once microscopic and macroscopic.

We’re conjuring an enchanting evening with First Fridays: Smoke and Mirrors on Nov 1. This frightful First Friday feat...
10/17/2019

We’re conjuring an enchanting evening with First Fridays: Smoke and Mirrors on Nov 1. This frightful First Friday features spooky signature cocktails, dancing, tarot card making, and contemporary art including Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING. BOOoook your tickets now --> http://bit.ly/2B24Jdk

"Immigration and migration is not only in the news these days, it’s on the minds of many artists," writes The ARTery. ...
10/16/2019

"Immigration and migration is not only in the news these days, it’s on the minds of many artists," writes The ARTery. When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art is an exhibition highlights diverse artistic responses to a timely subject matter, ranging from personal accounts to poetic meditations. Opens next week --> http://bit.ly/2ODXkcb

"If Afro-futurism imagines a future in which black people exist, rejecting the present culture that denies black humanit...
10/15/2019
New Futures: nora chipaumire's #PUNK 100% POP *N!GGA by Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone - BOMB Magazine

"If Afro-futurism imagines a future in which black people exist, rejecting the present culture that denies black humanity at every opportunity, chipaumire choreographs in the realm of Afro-immediacy," (BOMB Magazine). Experience nora chipaumire's three-part epic this weekend at the ICA --> https://bit.ly/35C3gZp

The three-part epic brings to life an adolescence informed by music as a gateway into a powerful, assertive selfhood.

Now’s your chance: tickets to see Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING in November go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday, October 15...
10/14/2019

Now’s your chance: tickets to see Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING in November go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday, October 15. Get yours before they run out! --> bit.ly/ICAkusama

On Oct 18 + 19 nora chipaumire presents her “searing and defiant” trilogy featuring a stage set designed by Ari Marc...
10/11/2019
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

On Oct 18 + 19 nora chipaumire presents her “searing and defiant” trilogy featuring a stage set designed by Ari Marcopoulos and Kara Walker, and the radical visions of musicians Patti Smith, Grace Jones, and Rit Nzele. Don’t miss this “frenetic sensory assault of dance, voice, and music” (Art in America) --> http://bit.ly/2nBkGUJ

We are thrilled to announce the ICA Watershed will feature the work of acclaimed artist Firelei Báez in its upcoming th...
10/10/2019

We are thrilled to announce the ICA Watershed will feature the work of acclaimed artist Firelei Báez in its upcoming third season, opening summer of 2020. In her largest sculptural installation to date, the artist reimagines ancient ruins as though the sea had receded from the Watershed floor to reveal the archeology of human history in the Caribbean. Learn more about this exciting new project coming to East Boston --> https://bit.ly/2M22bm7

10/08/2019
Kusama Takes the ICA to Infinity and Beyond | WGBH

"She's so much more than an Instagram phenomenon," says ICA Chief Curator Eva Respini of artist Yayoi Kusama, in this episode of Open Studio with WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen. Get a glimpse into the life and legacy of one of today's most influential artist, and how her legacy carries on beyond infinity --> https://bit.ly/2OdvukU

Available now for ICA members! Reserve your tickets now to experience Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING through November. Be...
10/08/2019

Available now for ICA members! Reserve your tickets now to experience Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING through November. Become immersed in infinity inside the artist’s most kaleidoscopic Infinity Mirror Room. Save your spot --> bit.ly/ICAkusama

For World Architecture Day, observed #onthisday, shoutout to Anmahian Winton Architects for transforming an abandoned co...
10/07/2019

For World Architecture Day, observed #onthisday, shoutout to Anmahian Winton Architects for transforming an abandoned copper pipe factory into the ICA Watershed, the ICA's seasonal project space in East Boston. AW was recently honored by Fast Company with an Innovation by Design Award for the most innovative architecture and urban design of 2019.

The ICA Watershed is closed for the season, but stay tuned this week for exciting news when we announce next summer's artist!

10/07/2019
On designing the ICA | Happy World Architecture Day

For World Architecture Day, observed #onthisday, we look back to the early days when architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro were set to design the ICA—their first building in the U.S—before it opened in 2006. In this documentary clip, check out the very early stages and the various design options of what could've been the ICA we know today.

LOVE IS CALLING... and Marty Walsh answered! The City of Boston mayor stopped by to hang out with the ICA Teen Arts Coun...
10/04/2019

LOVE IS CALLING... and Marty Walsh answered! The City of Boston mayor stopped by to hang out with the ICA Teen Arts Council and get a first look inside Yayoi Kusama's immersive Infinity Mirror Room.

On Oct 18 + 19, nora chipaumire challenges and embraces stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and ae...
10/04/2019
"Rock star of dance" nora chipaumire brings raw and visceral live performance album to the ICA

On Oct 18 + 19, nora chipaumire challenges and embraces stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetics in her three-part epic. “A frenetic sensory assault of dance, voice and music,” writes Art in America—don’t miss these “searing and defiant” performances at the ICA --> http://bit.ly/2IrtqUW

Select galleries are now closed for the installation of When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art, opening Oct 23. Timed tickets are required for Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING and are sold out through Oct 31; tickets for visits in November will go on sale to members on Oct 8 ...

On Oct 10, join us for a FREE public forum bringing together important voices from the arts, journalism, and public heal...
10/03/2019

On Oct 10, join us for a FREE public forum bringing together important voices from the arts, journalism, and public health to ask how contemporary art and public health communities can work to combat racism in our city and improve health and civic life in Boston. Tickets required --> https://bit.ly/31LqOsm

Multimedia artist and performer Nick Cave's lavish mixed-media "Soundsuit" is back on view in the ICA collection exhibit...
10/03/2019

Multimedia artist and performer Nick Cave's lavish mixed-media "Soundsuit" is back on view in the ICA collection exhibition Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama. Like Yayoi Kusama, Cave explores the power of dissolving the body in color and pattern, imagining the absence of one’s identity and even one’s self beneath the accumulation of repeated forms. Since the early 1990s, Cave has been exploring the intersection of fine art, craft, performance, and material culture. Learn more about this intricate collection artwork --> http://bit.ly/2OhXFBb

This afternoon at Boston College: check out artist Lucy Kim, whose work "Dr. Melissa Doft, Plastic Surgeon 1," lives in ...
10/03/2019
Lucy Kim at Boston College — Please Elaborate

This afternoon at Boston College: check out artist Lucy Kim, whose work "Dr. Melissa Doft, Plastic Surgeon 1," lives in the ICA's permanent collection, as she gives a FREE talk on the intersections of painting, printmaking, and sculpture in her work --> https://bit.ly/2pGI6sK

Visual artist Lucy Kim, recipient of the 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize, will discuss her work on the intersection of painting, printmaking and sculpture.

“Kusama is about nothing if not connection, finding our way through the cosmos to universal shared solace," (The Bosto...
10/01/2019
At the ICA, walking through tragedy to infinity with art star Yayoi Kusama - The Boston Globe

“Kusama is about nothing if not connection, finding our way through the cosmos to universal shared solace," (The Boston Globe). Advance tickets for visits through November go on sale 10 am on Oct 8 for ICA members. Join now to access pre-sale tickets to LOVE IS CALLING --> bit.ly/ICAkusama

The Japanese artist’s selfie-friendly “Love Is Calling” is underpinned by personal, emotional depth.

"Dignity has no nationality," by Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera, goes on view when the exhibition "When Home W...
10/01/2019

"Dignity has no nationality," by Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera, goes on view when the exhibition "When Home Won't Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art" opens Oct 23. Can you guess where in the ICA it's hanging?

Bruguera reimages the symbol of the flag as something other than an expression of nationalism and related claims of territory and borders. She joins together the continents to underscore the dignity shared by all humans regardless of nationality or citizenship.

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