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(BOSTON) The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) celebrates the kick-off of the third annual Emerging America Festival with Experiment America on Friday, June 22, from 9 pm to 1 am. Experiment America is a crafted collision of technology, art, music, and performance just waiting for the final element: the audience. Upon arrival at the ICA, visitors can sign up to receive text messages which will enable them to discover the performances taking place on all four floors of the museum. Directed by Mikhael Tara Garver, the event involves over 50 writers, dancers, actors, and performers. The evening concludes with a dance party on the first floor of the ICA’s waterfront building. Must be 21 +. Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 ICA members & students; includes museum admission on day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the ICA Box Office at 617-478-3103.

What if you are part of a play and you don’t know who else is starring with you? What if an elevator ride becomes a transgression? What if a crowd of partygoers begins to dance and then just as quickly disappears? A night that may appear to be an amazing party becomes both epic and personal. Full of twists and turns on all four floors of the ICA, the performers will weave in and out of view, allowing the audience to craft and concoct their own story line. Performances range from 15-minute plays communicated via text messages to moving installations and spontaneous interactions between the audience and the performers.

Experiment America audiences will also be among the first to experience the ICA’s summer exhibition Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite, which opens to the public on June 22. A Boston-born artist, McElheny uses the ancient and labor intensive medium of glass to create objects of exceptional beauty—from luminous hanging starbursts to dazzling walls of mirrors. He draws on art history, mid-century modern design, and astronomy to encode his glassworks with information, turning these exquisite objects into repositories of meaning.

Enjoy the art, follow the performances, grab a drink from the ICA’s Water Café, and then join the entire cast of Experiment America for dancing that lasts well into the late hours of the night.


Experiment America is presented as part of the Emerging America Festival, in partnership with the American Repertory Theater and the Huntington Theatre Company. For more information about this and other programs in the festival, please visit

Mikhael Tara Garver is an immersive theater director who began her career in Chicago as the Artistic Director and Co-founder of beloved storefront company Uma Productions and since has moved to New York. She has worked at the Atlantic Theater, American Repertory Theater, Collaboraction Theater, American Conservatory Theater, The Kitchen, New York University – Tisch and Steinhardt, American Theater Company, Timeline Theatre, Court Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theater Company. Mikhael received her Bachelors in Theatre from Northwestern University and her MFA in Directing from Columbia University where she was the recipient of the Heyward Fellowship award and the Shubert Award. Over the past three years she has worked extensively for Anne Bogart and SITI Company and was invited to Edinburgh as one of the National Theater of Scotland’s Emerging Artists in 2009. She was the associate director of Sleep No More: a production by London’s punchdrunk at American Repertory Theater and the Associate Producer of the 2010 Emerging America Festival at A.R.T. Among numerous immersive projects she is currently developing work with Sarah Gubbins and The Goodman Theater, Jeff Stark, Keith Reddin, and The New Ensemble. For more information, visit

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 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. ICA Free Admission for Youth is sponsored by State Street Foundation. 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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