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Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti as they begin to recover from this week's 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the des...
08/16/2021

Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti as they begin to recover from this week's 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the destruction and loss it has caused, and brace for Tropical Storm Grace. With resources scarce and medical needs urgent and mounting, we encourage anyone who can to donate to Partners In Health's on-the-ground efforts to provide care (link below).

Earthquakes have left indelible marks on Haiti's history and built environment, most recently in 2010, when a 7.0-magnitude quake took hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced over a million residents, and caused infrastructure damage still felt today.

In 1842, a severe earthquake destroyed a large part of the Sans-Souci palace on which artist @FireleiBáez modeled the sculpture at the center of her current installation at the ICA Watershed. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, the palace was never rebuilt.

Donate here to aid response and relief efforts --> https://loom.ly/Njd3d2k

Photo by Chuck Choi

Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti as they begin to recover from this week's 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the destruction and loss it has caused, and brace for Tropical Storm Grace. With resources scarce and medical needs urgent and mounting, we encourage anyone who can to donate to Partners In Health's on-the-ground efforts to provide care (link below).

Earthquakes have left indelible marks on Haiti's history and built environment, most recently in 2010, when a 7.0-magnitude quake took hundreds of thousands of lives, displaced over a million residents, and caused infrastructure damage still felt today.

In 1842, a severe earthquake destroyed a large part of the Sans-Souci palace on which artist @FireleiBáez modeled the sculpture at the center of her current installation at the ICA Watershed. Now a UNESCO world heritage site, the palace was never rebuilt.

Donate here to aid response and relief efforts --> https://loom.ly/Njd3d2k

Photo by Chuck Choi

Who doesn't love the sweet feeling of FREE admission!FREE tickets are now available for Tuesday 8/17 courtesy of Highlan...
08/15/2021

Who doesn't love the sweet feeling of FREE admission!

FREE tickets are now available for Tuesday 8/17 courtesy of Highland Street Foundation's August Adventures. Get your taste of Virgil Abloh's "Figures of Speech" exhibition, and Firelei Baez and Stephen Hamilton at the ICA Watershed, while summer is still ripe! Reserve your tickets --> icaboston.org/tickets

Photo by Chuck Choi

Who doesn't love the sweet feeling of FREE admission!

FREE tickets are now available for Tuesday 8/17 courtesy of Highland Street Foundation's August Adventures. Get your taste of Virgil Abloh's "Figures of Speech" exhibition, and Firelei Baez and Stephen Hamilton at the ICA Watershed, while summer is still ripe! Reserve your tickets --> icaboston.org/tickets

Photo by Chuck Choi

Now open! Drawn from the ICA's permanent collection, 'The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection' explores h...
08/14/2021

Now open! Drawn from the ICA's permanent collection, 'The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection' explores how artists dream new worlds.

Included in the exhibition is #YinkaShonibare's "Planets in My Head, Philosophy," part of a series of small, figurative sculptures posed in states of contemplation. The figure lays prone while reading the seventh chapter of "The Doctrine of Plato," which discusses Plato's theory of ideas and their influence on the material world. Shonibare's sculptures are embedded with references to history, empire, colonialism, and the exchange of cultures. Plan your visit and see it for yourself → https://loom.ly/HMPNAWo

Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), Planets in My Head, Philosophy, 2011. Mannequin, Dutch was printed cotton, leather and fiberglass, reading book, dimensions variable. Installation view, The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2021–22.

Now open! Drawn from the ICA's permanent collection, 'The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection' explores how artists dream new worlds.

Included in the exhibition is #YinkaShonibare's "Planets in My Head, Philosophy," part of a series of small, figurative sculptures posed in states of contemplation. The figure lays prone while reading the seventh chapter of "The Doctrine of Plato," which discusses Plato's theory of ideas and their influence on the material world. Shonibare's sculptures are embedded with references to history, empire, colonialism, and the exchange of cultures. Plan your visit and see it for yourself → https://loom.ly/HMPNAWo

Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), Planets in My Head, Philosophy, 2011. Mannequin, Dutch was printed cotton, leather and fiberglass, reading book, dimensions variable. Installation view, The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2021–22.

On Saturday, August 21, join us in East Boston for another special FREE Family Day with music, community, and art! All a...
08/12/2021

On Saturday, August 21, join us in East Boston for another special FREE Family Day with music, community, and art! All activities will be held outside the ICA Watershed! Plan your visit --> https://bit.ly/3xBLdPS

In honor of #InternationalYouthDay, we’re highlighting this stunning portrait collaboration between ICA Teen Programs an...
08/12/2021

In honor of #InternationalYouthDay, we’re highlighting this stunning portrait collaboration between ICA Teen Programs and Boston-based photographer OJ Slaughter, with fashions by Virgil Abloh. 💥📷💚

All about claiming space and expressing self, "Breaking Cycles" was made in tandem with Virgil Abloh's "Church & State." Framed by Stanhope Framers and on view in our Poss Family Mediatheque through September 26! --> https://bit.ly/2VGTXrb

Boston artist Stephen Hamilton's project titled "Indigo" highlights the generations-long tradition of indigo dyeing in W...
08/11/2021

Boston artist Stephen Hamilton's project titled "Indigo" highlights the generations-long tradition of indigo dyeing in West Africa too often ignored in the accounting of early American history. Included is Hamilton’s painting Owners of the Earth (2020), a richly layered mixed-media work that refers to traditional artforms and philosophies from the Yoruba people in West Africa. On view in the ICA Watershed Harbor Room --> https://loom.ly/8AsBifI

Boston artist Stephen Hamilton's project titled "Indigo" highlights the generations-long tradition of indigo dyeing in West Africa too often ignored in the accounting of early American history. Included is Hamilton’s painting Owners of the Earth (2020), a richly layered mixed-media work that refers to traditional artforms and philosophies from the Yoruba people in West Africa. On view in the ICA Watershed Harbor Room --> https://loom.ly/8AsBifI

“My work is not made to sit in the establishment,” says Virgil Abloh. “It’s made for the 14-year-old kid to see someone ...
08/10/2021

“My work is not made to sit in the establishment,” says Virgil Abloh. “It’s made for the 14-year-old kid to see someone met him halfway," (via The Boston Globe).

Taking space and visioning beyond the pre-established, Abloh names this section of his exhibition “Black Gaze”. With the 2013 launch of Off-White in Milan, Abloh challenged the elite fashion industry’s long-standing exclusion of Black talent. Off-White campaigns have celebrated Black artists, athletes, and musicians, providing a platform and affirming their identity as creators in their own right. In 2018, Abloh assumed the role of Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton, becoming one of the few Black designers to helm a major Parisian fashion house. He now uses his high profile platforms to forge a more inclusive vision for high fashion, stating: “Opening new doors for the Black community has always been, and will always be, the focus of my career.”

Installation view, Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech,” the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, July 3–September 26, 2021. Photo by Mel Taing.

“My work is not made to sit in the establishment,” says Virgil Abloh. “It’s made for the 14-year-old kid to see someone met him halfway," (via The Boston Globe).

Taking space and visioning beyond the pre-established, Abloh names this section of his exhibition “Black Gaze”. With the 2013 launch of Off-White in Milan, Abloh challenged the elite fashion industry’s long-standing exclusion of Black talent. Off-White campaigns have celebrated Black artists, athletes, and musicians, providing a platform and affirming their identity as creators in their own right. In 2018, Abloh assumed the role of Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton, becoming one of the few Black designers to helm a major Parisian fashion house. He now uses his high profile platforms to forge a more inclusive vision for high fashion, stating: “Opening new doors for the Black community has always been, and will always be, the focus of my career.”

Installation view, Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech,” the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, July 3–September 26, 2021. Photo by Mel Taing.

"The first in-depth account of how The Visitors came to be tells the tale — in the creators’ own words — of how a now-le...
08/09/2021
Revisiting ‘The Visitors’: An oral history of Ragnar Kjartansson’s multimedia masterpiece

"The first in-depth account of how The Visitors came to be tells the tale — in the creators’ own words — of how a now-legendary, week-long house party produced an unlikely artistic triumph." Dive deeper into Ragnar Kjartansson's "The Visitors" through an interactive and virtual "oral history" via the Washington Post!

Plan your visit to experience this beloved artwork before it goes off view → https://loom.ly/4wsUT40

Ragnar Kjartansson worried that his video installation might be sentimental rubbish. It’s one of the most celebrated artworks of our time.

Fly high (or fake it till you make it), happy birthday to photographer Roe Ethridge! 🎂Roe Ethridge’s work masterfully ma...
08/08/2021

Fly high (or fake it till you make it), happy birthday to photographer Roe Ethridge! 🎂

Roe Ethridge’s work masterfully manipulates banal subjects to heighten their intrinsic drama, interrogating the relationship between commercial and fine art photography to reveal a shared language. From the #ICACollection, “Untitled” is part of a series of images of pigeons that Ethridge began in 2000. Connected to the history of photographic experiments investigating animals’ motion, Ethridge’s series appears to monumentalize an ordinary urban animal. However, the pigeon depicted is no ordinary bird, but a trained “extra” rented from Universal Studios, set against a studio backdrop that mimics the blue of the sky.

#RoeEthridge, Untitled, 2002. Chromogenic color print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Niki Friedberg. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. © Roe Ethridge

Fly high (or fake it till you make it), happy birthday to photographer Roe Ethridge! 🎂

Roe Ethridge’s work masterfully manipulates banal subjects to heighten their intrinsic drama, interrogating the relationship between commercial and fine art photography to reveal a shared language. From the #ICACollection, “Untitled” is part of a series of images of pigeons that Ethridge began in 2000. Connected to the history of photographic experiments investigating animals’ motion, Ethridge’s series appears to monumentalize an ordinary urban animal. However, the pigeon depicted is no ordinary bird, but a trained “extra” rented from Universal Studios, set against a studio backdrop that mimics the blue of the sky.

#RoeEthridge, Untitled, 2002. Chromogenic color print, 40 × 50 inches (101.6 × 127 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Niki Friedberg. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. © Roe Ethridge

Soak up the sun! ☀️ Today’s forecast calls for music by the waterfront. Join us Fridays this month and enjoy Summer Sess...
08/06/2021

Soak up the sun! ☀️ Today’s forecast calls for music by the waterfront. Join us Fridays this month and enjoy Summer Sessions at the ICA, featuring oceanside performances from critically acclaimed musicians. Get tickets --> https://loom.ly/VLUTo68

Soak up the sun! ☀️ Today’s forecast calls for music by the waterfront. Join us Fridays this month and enjoy Summer Sessions at the ICA, featuring oceanside performances from critically acclaimed musicians. Get tickets --> https://loom.ly/VLUTo68

✅ Back by popular demand. ✅ We've restocked a few of your favorite Virgil Abloh x ICA merchandise, now available online ...
08/06/2021

✅ Back by popular demand. ✅ We've restocked a few of your favorite Virgil Abloh x ICA merchandise, now available online and in-person at the "Church & State" pop-up retail store. Limited edition products designed by Abloh himself in conjunction with with the exhibition Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech," get yours while you can! --> icastore.org

📣 New update! 📣 Face coverings will be required inside the ICA and the ICA Watershed for all visitors, regardless of vac...
08/05/2021

📣 New update! 📣 Face coverings will be required inside the ICA and the ICA Watershed for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, beginning Saturday, August 7, in accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and in alignment with our fellow Boston art museums the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This decision is based on recommendations and data from the CDC, which has designated Suffolk County as being in a period of “substantial” transmission. The ICA will be providing disposable face coverings to visitors as needed.

Thank you to all of our staff and visitors for keeping one another safe by wearing masks at the museum. We are all in this together – get vaccinated, wear a mask, and be well. Learn more about our visitor policies --> https://loom.ly/1PhRwO0

📣 New update! 📣 Face coverings will be required inside the ICA and the ICA Watershed for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, beginning Saturday, August 7, in accordance with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and in alignment with our fellow Boston art museums the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This decision is based on recommendations and data from the CDC, which has designated Suffolk County as being in a period of “substantial” transmission. The ICA will be providing disposable face coverings to visitors as needed.

Thank you to all of our staff and visitors for keeping one another safe by wearing masks at the museum. We are all in this together – get vaccinated, wear a mask, and be well. Learn more about our visitor policies --> https://loom.ly/1PhRwO0

Music is a must for multi-hyphenate artist Virgil Abloh. As with his work in fashion, Abloh connects with subcultures an...
08/04/2021

Music is a must for multi-hyphenate artist Virgil Abloh.

As with his work in fashion, Abloh connects with subcultures and offers alternatives to the status quo in his work with music. Parallel to his work on Off-White, he's constructed a comprehensive visual approach to branding his work, drawing not only on his skill in graphic design, but also on his experience working for Kanye West’s creative company. Check out Abloh’s musical collaborations with audio equipment manufacturers, designers, jewelers, and stars such as West, Jay-Z, and A$AP Rocky, among others.

Exhibitions like Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" could not happen without the support of our partners and sponsors. 👏Thank you Encore Boston Harbor, Boston Seaport by WS Development, and THE NORTHERN TRUST.

Installation view, #VirgilAbloh: “Figures of Speech,” the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, July 3–September 26, 2021. Photo by Mel Taing.

Music is a must for multi-hyphenate artist Virgil Abloh.

As with his work in fashion, Abloh connects with subcultures and offers alternatives to the status quo in his work with music. Parallel to his work on Off-White, he's constructed a comprehensive visual approach to branding his work, drawing not only on his skill in graphic design, but also on his experience working for Kanye West’s creative company. Check out Abloh’s musical collaborations with audio equipment manufacturers, designers, jewelers, and stars such as West, Jay-Z, and A$AP Rocky, among others.

Exhibitions like Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" could not happen without the support of our partners and sponsors. 👏Thank you Encore Boston Harbor, Boston Seaport by WS Development, and THE NORTHERN TRUST.

Installation view, #VirgilAbloh: “Figures of Speech,” the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, July 3–September 26, 2021. Photo by Mel Taing.

🎈 Today we celebrate artist #MarleneDumas, born #onthisday in 1953, whose work "The Messengers" reflects on the fragile ...
08/03/2021

🎈 Today we celebrate artist #MarleneDumas, born #onthisday in 1953, whose work "The Messengers" reflects on the fragile cycles of life.

On view last season, and part of the #ICACollection, Dumas made this painting when she was a new parent: the figure on the right is her daughter Helena. In contrast to the three small children sheepishly crowding around one of the skeletons, Helena turns her larger-than-life gaze directly toward us. In "The Messengers," Dumas suggests that motherhood and childhood are not as distant from issues of mortality as we might think. Learn more → https://loom.ly/ROGFT78

Marlene Dumas, The Messengers, 1992. Oil on canvas, four parts, each 70 7/8 × 35 1/2 inches (180 × 90.2 cm). Gift of Barbara Lee, The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, London, and Hong Kong. Photo by Charles Mayer Photography. © Marlene Dumas

🎈 Today we celebrate artist #MarleneDumas, born #onthisday in 1953, whose work "The Messengers" reflects on the fragile cycles of life.

On view last season, and part of the #ICACollection, Dumas made this painting when she was a new parent: the figure on the right is her daughter Helena. In contrast to the three small children sheepishly crowding around one of the skeletons, Helena turns her larger-than-life gaze directly toward us. In "The Messengers," Dumas suggests that motherhood and childhood are not as distant from issues of mortality as we might think. Learn more → https://loom.ly/ROGFT78

Marlene Dumas, The Messengers, 1992. Oil on canvas, four parts, each 70 7/8 × 35 1/2 inches (180 × 90.2 cm). Gift of Barbara Lee, The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, London, and Hong Kong. Photo by Charles Mayer Photography. © Marlene Dumas

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The Art of Manuel Miranda. Moved Lines. Mixed Media on Paper, 7" X 10," 1980.
The Art of Manuel Miranda. Ana Veraz. Mixed Media on Paper, 8" X 11," 1981.
Friends in Boston! When you register for this #popup you get a chance to win a print of my massive Boston #tapestry - photo far right below. AND you get to support a Fair Trade marketplace for artists - I take no commissions! https://www.facebook.com/events/1257999404658870/
The world’s 1st TikTok performance festival “Quick Change” + Othet ART.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! The world’s 1st "TikTok" performance festival “Quick Change” + Other ART invites you to vote for your favorite artwork. Voting opens on Thursday July 01 and closes on July 16. You can vote for 3 artworks. Write the author’s name and the title of the work you like the most in the comments section below the video.
The world’s 1st TikTok performance festival “Quick Change” + Othet ART.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! The world’s 1st "TikTok" performance festival “Quick Change” + Other ART invites you to vote for your favorite artwork. Voting opens on Thursday July 01 and closes on July 16. You can vote for 3 artworks. Write the author’s name and the title of the work you like the most in the comments section below the video.
The world’s 1st TikTok performance festival “Quick Change” + Othet ART.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! The world’s 1st "TikTok" performance festival “Quick Change” + Other ART invites you to vote for your favorite artwork. Voting opens on Thursday July 01 and closes on July 16. You can vote for 3 artworks. Write the author’s name and the title of the work you like the most in the comments section below the video.
The Art of Manuel Miranda. Green Bull. Mixed media on Canvas, 11" X 8," 2021.
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1st International Conceptual Art Biennale “Image Deconstruction" VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! 1st International Conceptual Art Biennale “Image Deconstruction” invites. 1st International Conceptual Art Biennale “Image Deconstruction” This virtual exhibition will present art works of artists from all over the world. We invite you to join this exhibition and share your work with the whole world. The aim of this Biennale is to draw artists’ attention to the efficiency and advantages of applying the principles of deconstruction and the impact it has on the viewer. The effects of a dynamic environment leading to constant changes and contradictions, the right circumstances, and continuous improvement are directly related to the deconstructive dominance of the environment in which a person grows. Therefore, the art perfectly reflects the environmental changes that determine the deconstruction of the image. Due to constant changes in the environment, art objects become as deconstructed as the environment itself, i.e., “representatives” of reality. So what is the purpose and impact of deconstructive art in today’s society?
1st International Conceptual Art Biennale “Image Deconstruction" VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE ARTWORK! 1st International Conceptual Art Biennale “Image Deconstruction” invites. 1st International Conceptual Art Biennale “Image Deconstruction” This virtual exhibition will present art works of artists from all over the world. We invite you to join this exhibition and share your work with the whole world. The aim of this Biennale is to draw artists’ attention to the efficiency and advantages of applying the principles of deconstruction and the impact it has on the viewer. The effects of a dynamic environment leading to constant changes and contradictions, the right circumstances, and continuous improvement are directly related to the deconstructive dominance of the environment in which a person grows. Therefore, the art perfectly reflects the environmental changes that determine the deconstruction of the image. Due to constant changes in the environment, art objects become as deconstructed as the environment itself, i.e., “representatives” of reality. So what is the purpose and impact of deconstructive art in today’s society?
The Art of Manuel Miranda. Soaked Black with Colors. Mixed Media on Paper, 11" X 8," 2021.