Press Release


The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Announces New Free Lecture Series

(BOSTON—September 19, 2013)
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston announces a new free lecture series, The Artist’s Voice, featuring some of the most important contemporary artists working today; speakers scheduled for this fall include Amy Sillman, William Kentridge, Jim Hodges, Steve Locke and Mary Reid Kelley. This lecture series, which aligns with the ICA’s exhibition program, gives visitors direct access to these visionary artists as they discuss their work, influences and inspirations, offering a deeply meaningful engagement with the art of our time.

“The ICA is committed to nurturing artistic experimentation and amplifying artists’ voices,” said Jill Medvedow, the Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA. “The ICA has a programmatic legacy of artistic rigor and courage, and this new lecture series allows us to take this mission a step further by connecting the artist’s voice with the works on view in our galleries. We are thrilled to be able to offer this series to contemporary art lovers for free.”

All lectures will take place in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Free tickets are required and available on day of program. First come, first served. Dates and times are subject to change. Please visit for the most up to date information.

Steve Locke with Evan Garza
Thursday, September 19; 6:30–7:30 pm

Steve Locke joins Evan Garza—curator, writer, and co-founder of Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), in this engaging conversation about objects, paintings, and the male figure in art. Also, hear more from the artist directly about his published writings on what he terms the “undead in contemporary painting”—zombies!

Mary Reid Kelley with Jenelle Porter
Thursday, October 10; 6:30–7:30 pm
Mary Reid Kelley’s video works feature re-imagined historical narratives told in a sing-song rhyme, the latest interpreting a Greek myth as a church volleyball tournament. Join the artist for a discussion about her work together with Jenelle Porter, Mannion Family Senior Curator. This program is made possible, in part, with the support of Ronald and Ronni Casty.

Amy Sillman with Helen Molesworth
Thursday, November 21; 7:00–8:00 pm
Amy Sillman returns to Boston for a special lively and informative conversation with Helen Molesworth, Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the ICA. Hear the artist’s thoughts on what Molesworth calls “her commitment to drawing” and the many influences and inspirations behind the works in Amy Sillman: one lump or two.

William Kentridge, Peter Galison, and Helen Molesworth
Tuesday, April 8; 7:00–8:00 pm

South African artist William Kentridge’s prolific and socially conscious work often addresses difficult themes such as apartheid, colonialism, and time, as seen in ICA’s exhibition. Join the artist, historian of science Peter Galison, and Helen Molesworth, the ICA’s Barbara Lee Chief Curator, in an evening of engaging conversation on art, science, and collaboration.

Jim Hodges with Jill Medvedow
Thursday, June 19; 7:00–8:00 pm

In his survey exhibition at the ICA, artist Jim Hodges demonstrates his poetic approach to making art using a wide assortment of ordinary materials such as napkins, flowers, and mirrors. To describe his artistic practice and drive in 1998, Hodges said, “When I make art, I think about its ability to connect with others and its ability to change or affect others, to bring them into the process, to bring easy access to art.” Hear directly from Hodges on what continues to drive his art making in this engaging conversation with Jill Medvedow, the ICA’s Ellen Matilda Poss Director.


About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for over 75 years. Like its iconic building on Boston's waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. 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 ideas. The ICA, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students, and free for members and children 17 and under. State Street Corporation Free Admission for Youth at the ICA is generously supported by the State Street Corporation. Free admission is offered on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5–9 p.m. Free admission for families is offered for ICA Play Dates (2 adults and children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at


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