Institute of Contemporary Art
The ICA brings the most significant national and international contemporary art to Boston. The building itself, a visionary weaving together of interior and exterior space, is a huge draw. Take in the art then take a stroll along the revitalized waterfront.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for seventy years, offering new ways of engaging with the world around us through visual interaction and artistic dialogue. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and contemporary ideas.
The ICA's state-of-the-art facility on Boston's beautiful waterfront boasts 17,000 square feet of exhibition space, a performing arts theater, a media center, bookstore, and café. With its innovative programming and collection of 21st-century art, the new ICA is an influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, and is a major tourist attraction. The ICA’s landmark building, the first building erected in the United States to be designed by award-winning architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, offers spectacular views of Boston's harbor and skyline. Here’s a preview of the artists and their works now on view at the Boston ICA’s permanent collection:
- Kai Althoff: Untitled, 2004
- Kader Attia: Oil and Sugar #2, 2007
- Paul Chan: 1st Light, 2005
- Taylor Davis: Untitled, 2001
- Shepard Fairey: Jane’s Addiction, 2008; Mothership, 2007; Peace Bomber, 2008; Proud Parents, 2007; Afrocentric (Power & Equality) , 2007; Mujer Fatal, 2007; Peace Goddess, 2007; Guns and Roses, 2006; Malcom X, 2006; Vintage Paster, 2006; Greetings from Iraq, 2005; Mr. Spray, 2004; Nixon Money, 2003; Obey Pole, 2001; Print and Destroy (Printing Press) , 2000; OBEY Fist, 2000; OBEY Marilyn Warhol, 2000; Lenin Stamp, 1999; Obedience Problems, 1999; Lightning Bolt, 1998; Bomber, 1996
- Mona Hatoum: Pom Pom City, 2002; Dormeuse, 1998
- Thomas Hirschhorn: Wood-Chain VIII (Pisa Tower) , 2004
- Roni Horn: Key and Cue, No. 288; I’M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU! , 1994-2003
- Christian Jankowski: Point of Sale, 2002
- Josiah McElheny: Czech Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, 2005
- Ivan Navarro: 11 Upside Down, 2007
Audio guides are available at the ICA, and pieces with corresponding audio information are marked accordingly. In addition to its impressive permanent collection, the ICA regularly rotates temporary exhibitions through its halls, such as:
Leslie Hewitt: Featuring Riffs on Real Time, this is a group of 10 photos from a series started in 2002 Swoon: Intricate cut-paper installations inspired by the ICA’s own architecture and the nearby harbor Dance/Draw: A thematic show investigating connections between the visual arts and dance during the past 50 years
Be sure to check the website for accurate information on the exhibitions available during your visit. A trip to the ICA is a multi-sensory experience that will give you a heightened appreciation for the contemporary arts as not just abstract and subjective pieces, but as true social commentary on the present day and the themes that run through our lives, often eluding us.
- Takes about 1½ hrs
- (617) 478-3100
Thursday-Friday, 10:00 am-9:00 pm.
Closes at 5:00 pm on the first Friday of every month.