Press release

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(BOSTON – August 12, 2009) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents a full schedule of ambitious performing arts programming, including cutting-edge music, dance, film, talks and more. Tickets for all programs will be available to ICA members at Associate Level and above on Aug. 14 and to the general public on Aug. 28. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (617) 478-3103. For information about membership, visit the website or call (617) 478-3102.
New Music Now
Co-Presented this fall by the ICA and World Music/CRASHarts, NMN presents the leading edge of indie rock, jazz, electronica, and artists exploring the boundaries of traditional forms.
Dirty Three
Thursday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.
An instrumental rock band from Melbourne, Australia, Dirty Three is Warren Ellis (violin), Mick Turner (electric guitar) and Jim White (drums). Their open-ended, improvisational sound contains elements of folk melody, rock energy and 20th-century classical music while their songs run the gamut from ferociously emotional dirges to sweeping, melancholic ballads. Their immersive, cinematic sound has become a genre of its own and has drawn such unique collaborators as Cat Power, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey and Bonnie Prince Billy. They will also appear this year at All
Tomorrow’s Parties in upstate New York, which was curated by The Flaming Lips. The Low Lows open. Tickets: $25 general admission; $20 members
Monday, Oct. 12, 8 p.m.
Om tours in support of their September release God is Good (Drag City), with their slow, heavy, hypnotic drone-rock. The bass-drums-vocals configuration provides for lumbering, dirge-like soundscapes, which are infused with monastic and Tibetan chanting. Also appearing is Six Organs of Admittance, the musical vehicle for Ben Chasny's folk guitar explorations; and Lichens, Robert Lowe’s immersive weaving of looping wordless vocals into sheets of drone. Tickets: $16
The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Production of
Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot – Boston Premiere
Directed by Christopher McElroen
Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.
The tale that revolutionized 20th-century theater is given new life and meaning by Classical Theatre of Harlem and director Christopher McElroen. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, this Godot gives a powerful immediacy, fully realizing the agony of waiting, as well as the irrepressibility of humanity, imagination, and humor, in a production Beckett himself would surely have admired. CTH’s Godot was first performed to outstanding reviews in New York in 2006. It has since been presented in New Orleans’s Ninth Ward, where the story of waiting for a
deliverance that never comes was perfectly set. Tickets: $25 reserved seating; $20 members, students, and seniors.
news from nowhere – Boston debut
This British theater ensemble produces works by Tim Crouch, who is fast developing a reputation as one of Europe’s most daring writers and performers. Boston audiences will have the opportunity to see two of his remarkable works.
England by Tim Crouch
Performed by Tim Crouch and Hannah Ringham
Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14-15, 2 p.m.
A play created specifically for gallery spaces, Englandinvolves two actors addressing the audience, like guides at an exhibit, as the narrative unfolds in reference to the art around them. Forget thoughts of skinheads or nostalgia, Englandis about an empire of a different kind—one of transmigrations and transplantations. It’s the story of one thing placed inside another: a heart inside another person’s body, a culture inside another country’s culture, theater inside a gallery, a character inside an actor, a play inside its audience. It’s a tour through space and across
borders—from an art gallery to a jam factory, from Boston to Osaka, from a hospital bed to a hotel room. It’s a tour to the end of the world. Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 members, students, and seniors (very limited seating). Note: the audience will be standing for half the piece.
My Arm written and performed by Tim Crouch
Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.
My Arm is the award-winning story of a man who has lived for 30 years with one arm above his head. In that process he’s become a celebrated medical specimen and an icon of the New York art scene. His story is told through a combination of live performance, digital film, and the animation of everyday objects supplied by the audience before each performance. My Arm is an extraordinary piece of theater about modern art, bloody-mindedness, and how the things we do when we’re 10 years old stick with us for life. Tickets: $20 reserved seating; $15 members, students, and seniors
World Music/CRASHarts Presents
Ronald K. Brown
Evidence, A Dance Company
Performing the Boston premiere of Two-Year-Old Gentleman and other works
Friday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct.18, 3 p.m.
Blending African, modern, ballet and hip-hop dance styles, Brown’s powerful choreography offers finely crafted, exquisitely danced stories about heritage, truth, destiny and mankind’s desire to liberate the spirit within. His award-winning company speaks through explosive jumps, vibrant colors, complex patterns and compelling images. Free pre-performance talk with dance critic Debra Cash 45 minutes prior to each show. Free post-performance Q & A on Friday. Tickets: $40 reserved seating; $36 members.
Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.
STREB Extreme Action
Streb: Brave
Thursday – Saturday, Oct. 22 – 24, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m.
Elizabeth Streb and her superbly-conditioned performers make their triumphant return to the ICA, after their critically acclaimed 2007 performances. Streb: Brave captures the thrills of the circus, the heart thumps of a great adventure movie, and the velocity of the Indy 500 in one crowdpleasing action event. For over 20 years Elizabeth Streb has won renown for her sustained investigation of movement. Tickets: $40 reserved seating; $35 members, students, and seniors
Streb: Brave was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Dance Initiative, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.
World Music/CRASHarts Presents
Trey McIntyre Project - Boston Debut
Performing the Boston premiere of Serious and other works
Friday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m.
One of the world’s most vibrant choreographers, Trey McIntyre has created over 75 works for companies ranging from American Ballet Theatre to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2004, he founded his own contemporary dance company, presenting works that convey the emotion and grace of life’s journey and explore Americana by taking on themes of religion, superstition, family, friendship, and love. Free pre-performance talk with dance critic Debra Cash 45 minutes prior to each show. Free post-performance Q & A on Friday. Tickets: $40 reserved seating; $36 members.
The presentation of Trey MacIntyre Project was made possible my MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
EXPERIMENT: How to be awesome in three languages
Friday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. -12 midnight
naco: adj., 1. in Mexican Spanish used to describe poorly educated or bad-mannered people, 2.
recently adopted by young Mexicans to mean “hip” or “cool”
geil: adj., 1. in German used to describe a state of sexual excitement, 2. recently adopted by
young Germans to mean “cool” or “great”
ICA/Boston’s Experiment, an irresistible mix of art, drinks, beats and eats, celebrates its new exhibition: Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself (Sept. 18, 2009-Jan. 18, 2010). Mexican-born, Berlin-based Ortega creates raw, materials-based conceptual work that doesn’t lose its sense of humor—the inspiration for the jumping sonic explosion of Experiment: naco/geil. Expect reggaeton, baile, cumbia and more from NYC DJ collective Nacotheque, fast-forwarding to a Berlin DJ. Special host and “Best DJ in Boston” Baltimoroder will keep it grounded in Boston with
both pan-Latin and Deutsche sets. When it’s finished, you won’t know where you’ve been. Advance Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 members and students with valid ID. Week of Tickets: $25 general admission; $20 members and students with valid ID. 21 +.
Art on Film
Our City Dreams by Chiara Clemente - Boston Premiere (Documentary, USA, 85 min)
Thursday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Q & A with Chiara Clemente
Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Filmed over the course of one year, Our City Dreams is an invitation to visit the creative spaces of five women artists who span different decades and belong to different cultures, but share a passion for art and the place they call home—New York. Profiling Nancy Spero, Marina Abramovic, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith, and Swoon, the film captures their many triumphs and challenges over the course of a year, providing a glimpse into their processes of creation and inspiration. This is the first feature from filmmaker Chiara Clemente, the daughter of famed
painter Francesco Clemente. Her previous work includes documentaries on Jim Dine, Frank Gehry, and Brice Marden, and short art films. Tickets: $10 general admission; $8 members, students, and seniors
Frames of Reality: New Film from Mexico
Discover the newest voices in Mexican film with two Boston premiere documentaries and a
feature back in the area by popular demand. Tickets: Each screening $10 general admission; $8 members, students, and seniors
El General by Natalia Almada - Boston Premiere (2009, 83 minutes, documentary, in Spanish
with English subtitles)
Sunday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2 p.m.
Time is blurred in this visually arresting portrait of family and country living under shadows of the past. Almada brings to life audio recordings she inherited about her great-grandfather, Plutarco Elias Calles, a revolutionary general who became president of Mexico in 1924. While many cite Calles as one of the true fathers of modern Mexico, time has hardly been kind to his reputation; he often used brutal violence to silence his political enemies. The documentary contrasts one family’s portrait of the man they knew with a leader seen as both hero and villain by the nation he led. Almada won the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2009.
Intimacies of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo / Intimidades de Shakespeare y Victor Hugo by
Yulene Olaizola (2008, 80 minutes, documentary)
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 4 p.m.
Yulene Olaizola’s debut film is a thought-provoking portrait of two lonely and strangely intertwined friends. For years, Olaizola’s grandmother Rosa told stories of a handsome young lodger. Living under (and on top of) her roof in the 1980s, he painted strange pictures on the walls and played an important role in Rosa’s emotional life. But this picture of a pleasant, harmless and creative young man slowly gives way to a shocking end. Intimacies won Best Film at the10th Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film, Best Documentary at the Lima Latin American Film Festival, and Miami Dade College Grand Jury Prize at the 2009 Miami Film Festival.
Sin Nombre by Joji Fukanuga (2008, 96 minutes, color)
Sunday, Nov. 29, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Sin Nombre, Joji Fukanuga’s feature debut, is at once love story and chase film, thrill ride and vision of an apocalyptic hell. The film is set on the border, where Mexico becomes the crucible, and the fearsome gangs of today’s Mexican countryside the gauntlet to freedom. It is a glimpse into the lives and destinies of the people who desperately want to leave Mexico, to risk it all for even the promise of a better future. Sin Nombre is the recipient of the Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic and the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
The Boston Jewish Film Festival @ the ICA
Thursday - Sunday, Nov. 5 - 8
Through features, shorts, and documentaries, the Festival explores Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience, and the richness of Jewish culture in the relation to a diverse modern world. For upcoming screening information, visit Tickets: $12 general admission; $10 students, seniors, and current members of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, ICA, WGBH and Coolidge Corner Theatre.
Art & Music of Post-Mexico
Thursday, Sept.17, 6 p.m. Gallery Conversations; 7 p.m. Lecture
As we become more connected through systems of technology and economy, today’s artists are offered access to a wider range of knowledge and perspectives. In this program, participants will hear from curators and scholars about select works from Damián Ortega’s exhibition. Cultural critic and journalist Josh Kun will explore how the constant flow of ideas and individuals affects cultural production, as heard in today’s music from Mexico. Kun teaches at the University of Southern California and is the Director of the Popular Music Project. He authored Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America, which won a 2006 American Book Award, and co-authored And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Past As Told By the Records We’ve Loved and Lost. Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 members, students and seniors
Roundtable Discussion at Harvard University
Friday, Sept.18, 12:00 noon
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The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University continues Thursday’s night discussion on recent Mexican art. This program is moderated by Jose Falconi, Curator of the Latino Art Forum.
This program is co-presented with Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
Krzysztof Wodiczko in Conversation with U.S. Veterans
Wednesday, Nov.11, 6:30 p.m.
As a surge of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan returns to the United States this year, Krzysztof Wodiczko invites veterans to share their private stories in a video installation commissioned by the ICA. Director of Programs David Henry will moderate a discussion between the artist and project participants about their experience working on The Veterans Project as well as the relationship between art and conflict. Tickets: $15 general admission; $10 members, students and seniors. Limited number of free tickets available for veterans with military ID; in person only, advance pick-up recommended.
The Veterans Project will be open to all ticketholders from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Lunchtime Talks
Take a break to nourish your body and your mind. ICA curators share their perspectives on working with today’s artists in a program, tailor-made for your lunch hour. Our speakers will provide food for thought; the Water Café will take care of the rest.
Randi Hopkins, Associate Curator
Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself
Thursday, Sept. 24, 12 noon
Jill Medvedow, ICA Director
Momentum 14: Rodney McMillian, Sentimental Disappointment
Thursday, Oct. 22, 12 noon
R.H. Quaytman and Jen Mergel, Associate Curator
Momentum 15: R.H. Quaytman
Thursday, Nov. 19, 12 noon
Jen Mergel, Associate Curator, and Bridget Hanson, Curatorial Associate
ICA Collection: In the Making
Thursday, Dec.10, 12 noon
Free with museum admission. Space is limited. Free tickets are available first-come, first-served one hour before the program. Ticket holders receive a 10% discount at the Water Café. May not be combined with any other offer.
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 more than 70 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 Target Free Thursday Nights, 5 - 9 pm. Free admission for families sponsored at ICA Play Dates (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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