Matthew Ritchie
Remanence: Salt and Light (Part II), 2013

Mural on Dewey Square, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway
On view September 2013 -- September 2014

Artist Matthew Ritchie’s addition to Boston’s Dewey Square marks the start of an ambitious, 18-month residency at the ICA that will encompass several major works and will activate the entire museum through installation, sound, performance, and video. Organized by Jenelle Porter, Mannion Family Senior Curator, the project also includes a large-scale installation on the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall at the ICA; a residency with the ICA Teen Arts Council; and multiple performances, including compositions from The Long Count—a collaborative work Ritchie created with, among others, Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), and Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders). Ritchie is also planning two new musical performances that will take place both on site at the ICA and at the nearby Chapel of Our Lady of Good Voyage. The aim of Ritchie’s overall project is to expand the space of painting and drawing into six collaborative disciplines: architecture, city planning, video, performance, theater, and music—all while still retaining properties unique to painting and drawing.

Conceptually and visually tied to Ritchie’s larger project, the mural’s diagrammatic drawing draws inspiration from Boston’s history and waterfront location. Featuring dark lines atop a pale background, the work brings the dynamic history of abstract painting into daily public life in Boston.

The mural project also includes a unique digital component featuring music by Bryce Dessner and a short film by the artist.

We are grateful to all of the sponsors and institutions who made Matthew Ritchie's residency at the ICA possible.

Supported by

Mural in Dewey Square, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway
The Matthew Ritchie mural is a public art partnership between the ICA and Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, with support from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Boston Art Commission, and the City of Boston.

ICA Teen Programs Residency
The ICA’s Teen Arts Council and Teen Nights are generously sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.


Fast Forward is supported in part by The Angell Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council YouthReach program.

The John Hancock Teen Education Program is made possible by significant support from John Hancock Financial Services.

Additional support is provided by The Robert Lehman Foundation; the Thomas Anthony Pappas Charitable Foundation, Inc.; the Frank Reed & Margaret Jane Peters Memorial Fund I, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation; the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; and the Surdna Foundation.

Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall
Supported in part by Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest.

Image (above): Matthew Ritchie with a design of the forthcoming Dewey Square mural. Photo: Jennifer Taylor.


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