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We can't get over this dreamy ambiance beaming throughout the museum's interior. ✨ Artist Eva LeWitt transforms the coat...
04/04/2021

We can't get over this dreamy ambiance beaming throughout the museum's interior. ✨ Artist Eva LeWitt transforms the coated mesh in her art wall installation into an unfolding environmental sculpture that intensifies the space. Come see it for yourself --> https://loom.ly/3PN0qQA

Eva LeWitt, Untitled (Mesh Circles), 2021. Courtesy the artist and VI,VII, Oslo, Norway. Photo by Erin Becker.

#NowOnView is Doris Salcedo’s "Atrabiliarios," one of the artist's earliest and most powerful depictions of loss.Include...
04/03/2021
Atrabiliarios | icaboston.org

#NowOnView is Doris Salcedo’s "Atrabiliarios," one of the artist's earliest and most powerful depictions of loss.

Included in the ICA exhibition 'i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times,' the piece places worn shoes within walled niches that are covered over by murky membranes. Doris Salcedo collected these shoes from the families of desaparecidos (the disappeared) during the Colombian conflict (1967–present). Like scarred flesh, the memory of the disappeared continues in those who survived them. Salcedo’s intention, “to be a witness of the witness,” invites us to mourn loss collectively. Learn more --> https://loom.ly/v9yMYuE

Doris Salcedo, Atrabiliarios, 1996. Drywall, shoes, cow bladder, and surgical thread, 47 x 83 1/16 inches (119.4 x 211 cm). Gift of Barbara Lee, The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women. Courtesy Alexander and Bonin. © Doris Salcedo

With the ICA now reopened, we're excited to launch the Bank of America #MuseumsOnUs program this weekend! On Sat, Apr 3 ...
04/02/2021
Bank of America Museums on Us | icaboston.org

With the ICA now reopened, we're excited to launch the Bank of America #MuseumsOnUs program this weekend! On Sat, Apr 3 + Sun, Apr 4, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can get free general admission to the museum. The program continues on the first full weekend of each month through the end of 2021. Tickets are likely to sell out this weekend – reserve yours here --> loom.ly/yrecrSU

04/01/2021
The Artist's Voice: William Kentridge

The work of international and multidisciplinary artist William Kentridge returns to the ICA with KABOOM! This multimedia installation addresses the tension and impact brought upon by colonialism in South Africa, as seen through the participation of millions of African porters in World War I.

Speaking from his studio in Johannesburg, the artist remarks on the making of this all-encompassing work of art and its ties to the The Head & the Load, his electrifying staged performance work described as “a fiercely beautiful historical pageant of music, movement, and shadow play” (New York Times). The ICA’s Ellen Matilda Poss Director Jill Medvedow introduces this program.

🎉 To punctuate #WomenHistoryMonth, the ICA invited Print Ain't Dead cofounders Cierra Michele Peters and Arielle Gray to...
03/31/2021

🎉 To punctuate #WomenHistoryMonth, the ICA invited Print Ain't Dead cofounders Cierra Michele Peters and Arielle Gray to offer reading recommendations paired with artworks from the ICA collection by Black women artists. Check out their reading list --> loom.ly/gWqDCXg

On #TransDayOfVisibility, we're thinking about Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca's "Swinguerra," a video piece that f...
03/31/2021

On #TransDayOfVisibility, we're thinking about Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca's "Swinguerra," a video piece that focuses on q***r communities of color in Recife, Brazil, with an emphasis on transgender and nonbinary dance performers.

The film features three contemporary dance styles to recall Brazil’s colonial history, where music and dance functioned as discreet methods of organizing politically under an oppressive state. The work illustrates how dance and music offer rich expressions of agency and community for marginalized subjects. Learn more --> loom.ly/F_AaNG4

Part of the #ICACollection, "Swinguerra" goes on view at the ICA next year!

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, Swinguerra, 2019. Two-channel video (color, sound; 21:16 minutes), dimensions variable. General Acquisition Fund, Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté Art Acquisition Fund, and Anonymous Art Acquisition Fund. Courtesy the artists and Fortes D’aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. © Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

Today at 12pm! Check out this talk from Boston artist Ethan Murrow, who in 2015 created a 40-foot mural for the ICA art ...
03/31/2021
Fine Arts Lecture Series: Ethan Murrow

Today at 12pm! Check out this talk from Boston artist Ethan Murrow, who in 2015 created a 40-foot mural for the ICA art wall. Join the lecture on Zoom via Massachusetts College of Art and Design --> https://loom.ly/uKZkAQg

MassArt is pleased to welcome Ethan Murrow to the Spring 2021 Fine Arts Lecture Series. Ethan Murrow was born in 1975 in Greenfield, Massachusetts in the United States. Raised on a sheep farm in Vermont, he received his Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and his Master of Fine Arts from The Univ...

Tonight! Join artist Marlon Forrester, one of the ICA's James and Audrey Foster Prize recipients this year (catch the ex...
03/30/2021
Conversation Club with Artist Marlon Forrester

Tonight! Join artist Marlon Forrester, one of the ICA's James and Audrey Foster Prize recipients this year (catch the exhibition this fall!), in a virtual conversation and meditation on why art, design, and architecture are becoming one.

Hosted by The Cooper Gallery, part of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. Register here --> https://loom.ly/NI-g-nw

Does making art really matter?Why do you make art?How does culture affect how we see art? Join artist Marlon Forrester in a conversation and meditation on why art, design, and architecture are becoming one. REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsceygqz4rG9YFAijD1XhATIc...

03/30/2021
i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times

This art is for all of us. The ICA exhibition ‘i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times’ celebrates the power of experiencing art in person. Reserve tickets --> icaboston.org/visit

Hi there! 👋 On March 31, join Print Ain't Dead cofounders Cierra Peters and Arielle Gray for an Instagram takeover to ro...
03/29/2021

Hi there! 👋 On March 31, join Print Ain't Dead cofounders Cierra Peters and Arielle Gray for an Instagram takeover to round out #WomensHistoryMonth celebrations! We've partnered with the Boston duo to bring you a list of recommended readings paired with artworks from the permanent collection by Black women artists.

Follow our Instagram for more --> instagram.com/icaboston

On April 2, Boston-based DJ and photographer Tyler Kpakpo takes over virtual First Fridays with a live upbeat hour of hi...
03/29/2021

On April 2, Boston-based DJ and photographer Tyler Kpakpo takes over virtual First Fridays with a live upbeat hour of high-energy tunes and visuals. RSVP --> https://bit.ly/3u2rLKK

After an afternoon of exploring the galleries at the ICA, take a break and recharge on our grandstand. ✨ ...And just enj...
03/28/2021

After an afternoon of exploring the galleries at the ICA, take a break and recharge on our grandstand. ✨ ...And just enjoy the harbor views.

“We learned nothing, absolutely nothing, about the participation of the porters in the war. This piece, ‘The Head and th...
03/27/2021

“We learned nothing, absolutely nothing, about the participation of the porters in the war. This piece, ‘The Head and the Load,’ was a way to answer an ignorance in myself," says artist William Kentridge in an interview for The New Yorker.

In honor of #WorldTheaterDay, we're thinking about the theatrical intensity of Kentridge's "The Head & the Load" (2018), adapted to gallery scale in the multimedia installation KABOOM! The work addresses the history of African porters drafted into service by German, British, and French colonial powers during World War I, looking back at the incomplete story of colonialism. Learn more --> https://loom.ly/LvivlzM

William Kentridge, KABOOM!, 2018. Three-channel HD film installation, model stage, paper props, found objects, and three mini-projectors with stands. Installation view, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2020-2021. Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman. Photo by Mel Taing. © William Kentridge

03/27/2021
i'm yours: Opening Act | Gallery Talk

The exhibition 'i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times' begins with a grouping of artworks titled "Opening Act." Sculptures by Simone Leigh and Louise Bourgeois, as well as a painting by Joan Semmel, address the theme of touch and gesture in the visual arts. Tune in each week for a new video in our #ICASpotlight series!

Plus, explore the exhibition virtually here --> https://loom.ly/sH4fE9Y

Borrowing its title from a Henry Taylor painting in the ICA collection, the exhibition 'i'm yours: Encounters with Art i...
03/26/2021

Borrowing its title from a Henry Taylor painting in the ICA collection, the exhibition 'i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times' is conceived as an invitation to our visitors to create a personal connection with works of art. Now on view --> bit.ly/ICAimyours

Taylor’s painting "i’m yours" depicts the artist and his two grown children staggered in space and tightly cropped within the confines of the square canvas. Each stares straight ahead, meeting the eyes of the viewer with a penetrating gaze. They convey a sense of resolve and solidarity but also a degree of weariness. A blue smudge and painterly drips of pink and white stain Taylor’s own face, in the foreground, taking on the character of wounds or bruises. Made in 2015—a year especially plagued by police brutality against African-Americans—the family portrait stages a confrontation that reflects a sense of determination on the part of the subjects.

#HenryTaylor, i’m yours, 2015. Acrylic on canvas, 73 1/8 × 74 1/4 inches (185.7 × 188.6 cm). Acquired through the generosity of the Acquisitions Circle. © Henry Taylor

With the ICA reopened, we are proud to partner with Wonderfund MA  to welcome Massachusetts foster children and their fa...
03/23/2021
Visit | icaboston.org

With the ICA reopened, we are proud to partner with Wonderfund MA to welcome Massachusetts foster children and their families to the museum for free through the Wonderfund Access Card! 🎉

The Wonderfund joins a large constellation of community groups who receive free admission at the ICA, including EBT card holders and Blue Star Families, different teacher associations, recipients of federal disability assistance and soon WIC and Culture to Culture recipients. Learn more --> https://www.icaboston.org/visit

Bostonians like longtime ICA supporter Caleb Ho share with The Boston Globe what they're most looking forward to as cult...
03/22/2021
‘I can’t wait to...’ Boston fans imagine post-pandemic art outings - The Boston Globe

Bostonians like longtime ICA supporter Caleb Ho share with The Boston Globe what they're most looking forward to as cultural venues begin to reopen: "My wife and I would go for evening walks to clear our heads, and we would invariably end up down in the Seaport so we would just walk into a gallery [at the ICA], and just take some respite from the world." Hear from others --> https://loom.ly/7jf7XdY

Arts patrons told the Globe what they miss and what they'll do first when it's safe again.

Happy Monday! We were so thrilled to welcome back familiar faces (with masks!) during the ICA's opening weekend. Thank y...
03/22/2021

Happy Monday! We were so thrilled to welcome back familiar faces (with masks!) during the ICA's opening weekend. Thank you for bringing your excitement and energy into our galleries. If you haven't already reserve your timed tickets, there's still availability in March and April. Get your tickets --> icaboston.org/visit

Eva LeWitt, Untitled (Mesh Circles) (2021)

In place of our annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon event honoring #WomensHistoryMonth, we've created a digital resource page o...
03/21/2021

In place of our annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon event honoring #WomensHistoryMonth, we've created a digital resource page on how to help close the information gap on gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet. Access Art+Feminism resources whenever to help you get started editing Wikipedia articles at your own pace. Let’s create a more inclusive presence on Wikipedia → https://loom.ly/2pwvpPc

Rania Matar, Orly and Ruth, 2020, from the series Across the Window: Portraits during COVID-19 (2020–ongoing). Archival pigment print on baryta paper, 28 4/5 × 36 inches (73.2 × 91.4 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest. Courtesy the artist and Robert Klein Gallery. © Rania Matar

Did you miss us? Because we missed you! 💕 Here's to looking forward to warmer days and reconnecting on the harbor with a...
03/21/2021

Did you miss us? Because we missed you! 💕 Here's to looking forward to warmer days and reconnecting on the harbor with art, music, and friends once again. Until then, continue to connect with us virtually with ICA at Home → www.icaboston.org/ica-home

Welcome back! The ICA is open—and “there may be no better way to welcome spring than with Eva LeWitt’s installation at t...
03/20/2021

Welcome back! The ICA is open—and “there may be no better way to welcome spring than with Eva LeWitt’s installation at the ICA,” (WBUR 90.9 FM). Timed tickets are required to enable physical distancing. Reserve your spot --> https://www.icaboston.org/visit

03/20/2021
i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times

"Without you, the visitors, the museum is incomplete." Kicking off our series of #ICASpotlight videos, hear Barbara Lee Chief Curator Eva Respini introduce the exhibition 'i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times.' Organized among the four ICA curators, the exhibition comprises unique encounters with new and iconic artworks from the permanent collection. Now on view --> https://loom.ly/BisDWhQ

The ICA reopens tomorrow, March 20! ✨ Ragnar Kjartansson's "The Visitors," a visitor favorite from the museum's collecti...
03/19/2021

The ICA reopens tomorrow, March 20! ✨ Ragnar Kjartansson's "The Visitors," a visitor favorite from the museum's collection, is currently on view. The installation continues to inspire and move our community, and we can't wait for you to re-experience the work in hopes that it might offer comfort and new meaning in an era of social distancing.

Timed tickets are required to enable physical distancing. Reserve yours learn more about our continued health and safety protocols --> www.icaboston.org/visit

Installation view, Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2020. Photo by Mel Taing. © Ragnar Kjartansson

On March 27, Virtual Play Date moves to Saturday mornings! Kids are invited to create their own comics + illustrations t...
03/19/2021

On March 27, Virtual Play Date moves to Saturday mornings! Kids are invited to create their own comics + illustrations through live workshops on Zoom with Boston teaching artists LJ-Baptiste and Alice Caldwell. FREE with RSVP --> bit.ly/3lxFTsr

Dessert and wine... name a better duo! 🍰🍷  Don't miss a live virtual cooking class with pastry chef Hana Quon of Cafe Ma...
03/17/2021
These 22 Boston Chefs and Food-world Pros are "Rising Stars Award" Winners

Dessert and wine... name a better duo! 🍰🍷 Don't miss a live virtual cooking class with pastry chef Hana Quon of Cafe Madeleine, along with The Urban Grape.

This Thursday, March 18, is the LAST DAY to order an ingredient kit for the featured recipe—plus, a bottle of wine is included! Learn more about our upcoming Talking Taste event on March 22 --> https://loom.ly/frxE9b4

National organization StarChefs announces its Hub honorees—and launches a Restaurant Week to highlight their most mouthwatering dishes.

We're seeing green on this #StPatricksDayAtHome! (And #MinimalistStPatricksDay?) 🍀💚"Green Screen # 4" by Boston-born art...
03/17/2021

We're seeing green on this #StPatricksDayAtHome! (And #MinimalistStPatricksDay?) 🍀💚

"Green Screen # 4" by Boston-born artist Liz Deschenes uses the green screen as both subject and object. Commonly used as a backdrop for special effects in film and television but typically invisible to viewers, a green screen is a stand-in for the thing it depicts. Here, Deschenes, who is known for beautiful, meditative work, uses the green screen to question the mechanics of seeing, image-making processes, and modes of display: what do we want to see?

Liz Deschenes, Green Screen # 4, 2001/2016. Double-laminated inkjet print on Duratrans, 183 × 71 inches (464.8 × 180.3 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Erica Gervais and Ted Pappendick. Installation view, Blue Screen Process, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, 2001. Courtesy the artist and Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. © Liz Deschenes

Be honest. How many times did you hit the snooze alarm this morning? Though we lost an hour of sleep, this sunlight is a...
03/15/2021

Be honest. How many times did you hit the snooze alarm this morning? Though we lost an hour of sleep, this sunlight is a nice tradeoff—especially in the Founders Gallery overlooking #BostonHarbor! ☀️

Enjoy the views when the ICA opens March 20! Timed tickets for March and April visits are now available --> www.icaboston.org/tickets

We're super grateful to artist Eva LeWitt for filling our space with color and beauty—just in time for our spring reopen...
03/14/2021

We're super grateful to artist Eva LeWitt for filling our space with color and beauty—just in time for our spring reopening on March 20. ❤️💙💜💚💛🧡

Eva LeWitt's vibrant, handmade sculptures are fashioned from everyday commercial and industrial materials. Conceived for the ICA and the particular shape of the museum's architecture, "Untitled (Mesh Circles)" is a monumental sculpture made of bands of colorful coated mesh fabric whose shifting composition creates a number of interlocking circular forms. See it for yourself in person!

Timed-entry tickets for March and April visits are now available. Reserve yours --> icaboston.org/visit

One year ago today, the ICA closed its doors. At that time, none of us could imagine the devastating toll the pandemic w...
03/12/2021

One year ago today, the ICA closed its doors. At that time, none of us could imagine the devastating toll the pandemic would take or the issues and challenges we still face today. Our thoughts are with the many, including in our own ICA family, who have grappled with illness and loss – the loss of loved ones, jobs, homes, health, hope, and companionship. We are all changed.

We're not out of the woods yet, but more vaccines and historic national legislation are helping a better future come into focus. I am full of gratitude for reaching this day and to each of you for being part of our amazing ICA community.

Signs of spring and feelings of joy are reemerging. I look forward to seeing you soon.

—Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director

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The Art of Manuel Miranda. Raquelina Toz. Mixed Media on Paper, 9" x 12," 2000.
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