Press Release



Dean Wareham and Peaches among artists featured in Wavelengths, the ICA’s new waterfront music series

(BOSTON, May 13, 2014) Experience the art of summer at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) this season with the museum’s exciting line-up of exhibitions, performances, and outdoor events. Programming includes Wavelengths, the ICA’s new series of waterfront concerts and DJ nights, to perennial summer favorites Talking Taste, Harborwalk Sounds and First Fridays.

Summer exhibitions include Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take – a major exhibition featuring 25 years of the influential artist’s work. From large cut-paper photographs of flowering trees, gold-leafed newspaper pages, and light-filled mirror mosaics, Hodges’ art often makes use of humble materials that are transformed through his touch. In July, the ICA opens Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors, an immersive, nine-screen video installation that surrounds viewers in the breathtaking beauty of Kjartasson’s music and imagery.

All events take place at the ICA, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston. Ticketed programs go on sale to ICA members on Tuesday, May 13, and to the general public on Thursday, May 15. Tickets can be purchased at ( or by calling 617-478-3103.




JULY 11, 6:30 pm | Dean Wareham
$20 ICA members + students / $25 nonmembers
Fans of dream-pop acts Galaxie 500, Luna, and Dean and Britta will recognize much in frontman Dean Wareham’s solo debut, from the narcotic guitars and wry, playful lyrics to the characteristic offbeat tremolo. His long-awaited solo efforts—last year’s EP and this year’s self-titled album, produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James—continue in the dreamy, sadly romantic vein of Wareham’s almost 30-year career, looking back with a fond, wise detachment. The Boston Globe calls it “an understated sonic triumph that is unlike anything else out there today.”

JULY 18, 6:30 pm | Autre Ne Veut
$17 members + students / $22 nonmembers
Autre Ne Veut’s 2010 self-titled debut won acclaim for unexpectedly pairing neo-soul and the unbridled unease more typical of emo. Initially anonymous, American musician Arthur Ashin revealed his name with the 2013 release of his second album, Anxiety. Called “marvelous and moving,” by Pitchfork, Anxiety continues what Ashin started—and more exposed, he’s even more compelling.

JULY 25, 6:30 pm | Peaches (DJ Set)
$20 ICA members + students /$25 nonmembers
Since the release of her debut album in 2000, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, and outrageous performance artist Peaches has questioned and disrupted global perceptions and practices relating to gender, sexuality, and inclusivity. Also, she rocks. From her debut album The Teaches of Peaches to her shocking live performances to her widely lauded one-woman theater production Peaches Christ Superstar, Peaches has continually pushed herself to new, more provocative creative heights, blowing audiences’ minds wide open. Along the way, she’s gained a huge following in the queer, art, feminist, and underground communities, and honed mad DJ skills, which she’ll show off at the ICA.

AUGUST 8, 6:30 pm | Mas Ysa
$15 ICA members + students / $20 nonmembers
The project of composer Thomas Arsenault, Mas Ysa combines love songs, ecstatic pop, field recordings, and techno into mournful but danceable folk. Peripatetic Montreal native Arsenault studied composition at Oberlin and lived in Saõ Paulo and San Francisco before landing in Brooklyn, where he built a recording studio and worked with choreographer Rashaun Mitchell. Mas Ysa tours widely and recently released a melancholy debut EP, recorded after Arsenault relocated to Woodstock, New York.

AUGUST 15, 6:30 pm | DJ sets: Juliana Huxtable & TBD
$15 ICA members + students / $20 nonmembers
New York “nightlife princess” Juliana Huxtable also identifies as a DJ, former legal assistant at the ACLU, writer and critic, and member of cultish artist collective and drag house House of Ladosha.

AUGUST 22, 6:30 pm | Hooray for Earth
$15 ICA members + students / $20 nonmembers
Hooray for Earth emerged in Boston in 2005, finding a following before relocating to New York. Widely praised, their full-length debut True Loves accomplishes the unlikely trick, exemplified by 1990s bands like Depeche Mode and Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, of infusing synth pop with just enough darkness to undercut its sweetness but retain a victorious, infectious optimism.

AUGUST 29, 6:30 pm | Boston DJ Round Robin
$15 ICA members + students / $20 nonmembers
Boston’s best DJs join forces for an end-of-summer party to remember; DJs to be announced. See for up-to-date information


THURSDAYS | JULY 10 – AUGUST 28, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Berklee College of Music boasts some of the most talented students, alumni, and faculty at work in music today and there’s no better place to hear them than a summer evening at the ICA. Enjoy the best of both institutions with HarborWalk Sounds, a free series of concerts featuring rising stars in bluegrass, funk, British electronica and more. Relax on the harbor with a refreshing drink from the Water Café and hot sounds from the coolest music school around.

JULY 10 | Grey Season
Stinky Rock ’n’ Roll/Timeless Folk
Kicking off this year’s Harborwalk Sounds is Grey Season, a five-piece outfit that defines their banjo-licious mix of “folk, rock, bluegrass, and bliss” as “stinky rock ’n’ roll” or “timeless folk.” Formed in 2001, the group honed their upbeat performance style busking on the streets of Boston and Cambridge and playing at such venues as the Middle East, Phoenix Landing, TT the Bear’s Place, and Murdock Manor. In April, they released their first full-length LP, recorded with Grammy-winning engineer Justin Guip at the legendary Levon Helm Studios (known as “the Barn”) in Woodstock, New York.

JULY 17 | Wambura Mitaru
“Groovy tunes with catchy lyrics”
Wambura Mitaru blends funk, soul, RnB, jazz, hip-hop, and African sounds to create a hybrid sound that combines “groovy tunes with catchy lyrics.” The singer/songwriter has performed with her band the Wambura Mitaru Synergy at the Close Encounters Festival in Helsinki and St. Petersburg, the Boston Ahts Festival, and several other venues around Boston, including last year’s Harborwalk Sounds. Joining her this year is likeminded Nairobi native Annette “annieSoul” Oduor, a vocalist, pianist, and songwriter whose mission to showcase Africa’s diversity, creativity, and intellect has inspired performances in the U.S., South Africa, and Kenya.

JULY 24 | LowTone Society
Eclectic soul
A 10-piece band, LowTone Society plays and composes music combining soul, hip-hop, R+B, reggae, and electronic music. Influenced by Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones, The Roots, Erykah Badu, and many illustrious others, they dominate the stage with a lively, soulful presence.

JULY 31 | Latimbop
Cuban jazz
Co-led by Colombian bassist Esther Rojas and Cuban pianist Issac Delgado Jr., Latimbop is an explosive contemporary Cuban jazz and dance music group embracing various genres of Latin American and Cuban music, with deep roots in timba mixed with jazz, funk, and Latin music.

AUGUST 7 | Sarah McKenzie
Australian pianist, vocalist, and composer Sarah McKenzie has already won wide recognition for her individualistic voice and skillful phrasing. She’s sung backing vocals for Michael Bublé on the multiplatinum artist’s Call Me Irresponsible tour and was the opening act for five-time Grammy nominee Chris Botti in 2011. Her second album, Close Your Eyes, won the ARIA award for Best Jazz Album 2012. Berklee’s dean of admissions offered her a full scholarship to come to Boston after seeing her perform at the Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.

AUGUST 14 | Song Yi Jeon Quintet
Contemporary Jazz
Hailing from South Korea, Song Yi Jeon is a sophisticated singer and composer who deftly combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that instantly catch the listener’s ear.

AUGUST 21 | Oyinda Alt electronic pop + Bigfoot Wallace Indie rock/electronic
The Nigerian-born and London-raised singer/songwriter/producer Oyinda draws from both pop and the British electronic scene in hypnotic, emotionally complex tracks. A gripping live performer, the 22-year-old has a unique, cinematic storytelling style that envelops audiences. Last summer she released her first EP, Before the Fall. This summer she’ll be performing at Lollapalooza.

Bigfoot Wallace is a singer/songwriter/musician named Jon Hubbell from Chandler, Arizona, whose quiet, gentle style recalls Bon Iver and the Postal Service. His second and most recent album, Songs for the Larva, features songs about newness, home, love, and friendship.

AUGUST 28 | Common Thread
Funk, R&B
Founded by Berklee bassist Alissia Benveniste, guitarist Maddie Rice, and drummer Amber Baker, Common Thread is an all-female collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for funk and pop music and the need for a stronger female presence in the music industry. Their irresistible presence and sound pairs classic jazz instruments with unexpected elements like recorder. The group has played around the Boston area and recently appeared at BAMCafé Live at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In the event of inclement weather, Harborwalk Sounds will move indoors.


JUNE 19 | 7 PM
The Artist’s Voice: Jim Hodges
FREE tickets are required and available on the day of the program. First come, first served.
The ICA first introduced the work of artist Jim Hodges to Boston in 1998 through Vita Brevis, a bold series of public projects that connected the city with contemporary art. Sixteen years later, Hodges returns to Boston in this public program to reflect on his early experience with the ICA and discuss what continues to drive his art making. The conversation will be led by Vita Brevis founder Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA.

Join hometown restaurant hotshots for a picturesque celebration of the culinary arts, back by popular demand! For the sixth year running, the ICA is bringing new and exciting tastes to the Boston waterfront this summer with its popular Talking Taste series. Held on the grandstand, weather permitting, or in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, Talking Taste events include a cooking demonstration—with samples!—and audience Q+A. Come hear expert tips and trade secrets from some of our city’s most creative, celebrated chefs.

JUNE 13, 6:30 pm | Tim Maslow
$10 ICA members + students / $15 nonmembers
Executive Chef at Ribelle, Brookline, and Executive Chef and Co-Owner at Strip-Ts, Watertown
A native Boston son, Tim Maslow left town, made good, then came back. After training in Philadelphia and New York, Maslow started out as an intern at the original Momofuku Noodle Bar under superstar chef David Chang, rising to opening sous chef at Momofuku Ssäm Bar within two years. After a stint at James in Philadelphia and working with a master pasta-maker at Del Posto in New York, he surprised diners and insiders by returning to Strip T’s, his father’s Watertown diner, in 2011. He’s infused the modest neighborhood joint with Asian influences like miso and bahn mi, earning nominations for Bon Appetit’s “50 Best New Restaurants” and the James Beard Awards’ 2013 Rising Star Chef of the Year. Last summer, he opened ribelle, a casual-cool Italian-influenced spot in Brookline, serving, as the Boston Globe writes, “startling, inventive, and smart” cuisine.

JUNE 20, 6:30 pm | Sam Treadway

$10 ICA members + students / $15 nonmembers
Bartender at Backbar in Somerville
Named Boston’s best bartender by Boston magazine in 2013, Sam Treadway has come a long way, since his first Boston bar job at Cheers. Working his way through various positions he learned the trade there; jobs in his Minnesota college town and then at Eastern Standard allowed him to experiment with flavors and master classic cocktails. A quick stint in Hawaii followed, but was cut short when the creators of hip Somerville newcomer Journeyman invited him to open a quirky bar there. In the three years since Backbar opened, Treadway has gained notoriety and a loyal fan base for innovations like smoky meat-infused spirits, spinach syrup, and spicy caramel popcorn with house-cured bacon.
JUNE 27, 6:30 pm | Jeremy Sewall
$10 ICA members + students / $15 nonmembers
Executive Chef and Co-owner, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34; Chef and co-owner, Lineage; and Executive Chef, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks
Jeremy Sewall bounced around kitchens in Europe and the U.S., earning a Rising Star Chef nomination from the James Beard Foundation along the way, before returning to his New England roots—and becoming one of Boston’s most prolific chefs. After positions at L’Espalier and Hotel Commonwealth’s Great Bay, Sewall and his wife, Lisa, a pastry chef and fellow L’Espalier alum, struck out on their own in 2006 with Lineage, serving modern American cuisine in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner. In 2009 he joined Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks as Collaborating Chef, and in 2010 he partnered with that restaurant team as a co-owner and Executive Chef of Island Creek Oyster Bar. Last December, the team opened Row 34, a stylish “workingman’s oyster bar” (and ICA neighbor!) reinterpreting classic New England seafare in a stunning repurposed warehouse space.

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Art goes overtime on the first Friday of the month with guest DJs, live performances, gallery talks, specialty drinks, and more.

JUNE 6, 5 – 10 pm | Flower Power
FREE for ICA members, $15 nonmembers
Say hello to summer! Our June event celebrates the opening of our new show, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. Enjoy exhibition tours, art-making activities, and a specialty cocktail inspired by the exhibition.

AUGUST 1, 5 – 10 pm | White Hot
FREE for ICA members, $15 nonmembers
Summer in the city? You don’t have to travel far to beat the heat. Don your summer whites and head to Boston’s waterfront for a sizzling dance party with refreshing cocktails, a cool breeze, and hot tunes from some of Boston’s best DJs.

Please note: First Fridays will not be held on Friday, July 4.

Your Greater Boston MINI dealers are proud to sponsor ICA First Fridays. First Fridays are generously supported by Citizens Bank Foundation. Additional support for ICA First Fridays is provided by Harpoon Brewery


Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take
June 5 – Sept. 1, 2014
Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take explores the trajectory of the artist’s twenty-five-year career, highlighting the major themes that unify his multilayered and varied practice. Comprising works produced from 1987 through the present, this exhibition examines how Hodges transforms both everyday and precious materials into poignant meditations on themes including time, loss, identity, and love. Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take brings together photography, drawing, works on paper, and objects rendered in mirror, light bulbs, and glass alongside several major room-size installations to examine and illuminate Hodges’ command of material and gesture. Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take is co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors
July 23 – Nov. 2, 2014
A celebration of creativity, community, and friendship, The Visitors (2012) documents a 64-minute durational performance Kjartansson staged with some of his closest friends at the romantically dilapidated Rokeby Farm in upstate New York. Each of the nine channels shows a musician or group of musicians, including some of Iceland’s most renowned as well as members of the family that owns Rokeby Farm, performing in a separate space in the storied house and grounds; each wears headphones to hear the others. As the music begins and repeats, individual players stop, start, and move between rooms. Viewed together, the individual videos present an ensemble performance Kjartansson calls a “feminine nihilistic gospel song.” The piece itself sets lyrics from a poem by artist Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Ragnar´s ex-wife, to a musical arrangement by the artist and Icelandic musician Davíð Þór Jónsson; the title comes from a 1981 album from Swedish pop band ABBA, meant to be its last.

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 am - 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am - 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students, and free for members and children 17 and under. State Street Corporation Free Admission for Youth at the ICA is generously supported by State Street. Free admission on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5 - 9 pm. Free admission for families (2 adults + children 12 and under) on last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at



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