Press release


ICA launches ICA First Fridays!
Art goes overtime on the first Friday of the month with guest DJs,
live performance, gallery talks, specialty cocktails, and more

(Boston, June 7, 2012) On Friday, July 6, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston launches ICA First Fridays, a series of evening art events held on the first Friday of the month from 5-10pm. Visitors to ICA First Fridays can enjoy a range of arts programming—including live performance, guest DJs, gallery talks, tours, and more—in a lively evening atmosphere. The ICA’s Water Café will offer a small plates menu and full bar, including specialty cocktails inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions. Tickets for ICA First Fridays are $15 and include gallery admission; a glass of wine, beer, or soft drink; and all scheduled programming for the evening. ICA First Fridays are free for ICA members. Must be 21+.
Each Friday event will feature a different theme related to the museum’s exhibitions, performances, or other happenings around Boston.
The ICA launches ICA First Fridays on July 6 with Art Stars, a star-themed celebration highlighting the museum’s exhibition of stunning glass sculptures by Josiah McElheny. Upcoming ICA First Fridays include:
  • Friday, July 6, 2012 (5 - 10pm)
    Art Stars 
    Josiah McElheny’s dazzling glass sculptures of starbursts and galaxies light up the galleries, while downstairs our café transforms into a stylish waterfront lounge. Enjoy exhibition-themed cocktails, then take a seat on the grandstand for some summer night star-gazing.

  • Friday, August 3, 2012 (5 - 10pm)
    Brazilian Street Party
    Celebrate the opening of our Brazilian street art exhibition Os Gemeos with a waterfront dance party! Caipirinhas, Brazilian street food and DJs will take visitors to the heart of the artist’s native São Paulo.

  • Friday, September 7, 2012 (5 - 10pm)
    Back to School
    Join us for Contemporary Art 101, a relaxed, curator-led tour of the ICA collection introducing you to today’s emerging artists and art world trends.
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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