THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

Press release

SHEPARD FAIREY RETURNS TO ICA/BOSTON, SITE OF HIS FIRST MAJOR MUSEUM EXHIBITION, FOR SPECTACULAR EVENING OF ART AND MUSIC

ARTIST TO DJ AT "OBEY EXPERIMENT REDUX"
WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY Z-TRIP AND PUBLIC ENEMY'S CHUCK D.

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 9:00 P.M. TO 1:00 A.M.

Boston, MA – Just two weeks before the close of his blockbuster exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Shepard Fairey returns for Obey Experiment REDUX, a spectacular evening of art and music on the Boston waterfront. On Friday, July 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., visitors can view Fairey’s “visually arresting” (NY Times) work in the exhibition Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand, before hitting the dance floor as the artist himself takes over the turntables. Fairey will be joined by frequent collaborator Z-Trip—with a special appearance by Public Enemy’s Chuck D.
 
A private lounge is accessible to VIP ticket holders, who can join Fairey in celebrating the exhibition before he starts his set.
 
It is Fairey’s second attempt to perform at an ICA Experiment; the artist was arrested by Boston Police while making his way to the first Obey Experiment on Feb. 6, the opening day of his exhibition.
 
Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand is the ICA’s most popular exhibition since opening the landmark new museum in 2006. Attendance has reached nearly 100,000, and will likely go on to become one of the highest-attended exhibitions of any contemporary art museum in the United States this year.
 
The exhibition has had enormous appeal for young audiences; since the show opened, almost 5,000 students have visited the ICA on school tours, more than double the number from last year. Earlier in the day on July 31, a group of local teens and members of the ICA’s Teen Arts Council will have the chance to speak with Fairey about his work and go on a special tour of the exhibition led by the artist himself.
 
“I am overwhelmed by Boston’s positive response to the exhibition at the ICA,” says Fairey. “I was not able to attend the opening night party, but look forward to celebrating the exhibition’s successful run at the ICA with the many Bostonians who came to see it.”
 
Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand has surpassed all our aspirations for audience, debate and diversity. People of all ages and backgrounds have come to see Fairey’s work – including the now iconic Obama Hope poster – in an exhibition that clearly reveals both the artist’s powerful mastery of artistic tradition and his influence on today’s visual culture,” says ICA Director Jill Medvedow.
 
Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand is on view at the ICA through Aug. 16, 2009. The exhibition will travel to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (Oct. 17, 2009 to Jan. 30, 2010) and the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati (Feb. to May 2010).
 
Obey Experiment REDUX is sponsored by Converse and Obey Clothing.
Additional support provided by Karmaloop. 
 
Tickets for Obey Experiment REDUX
 
$125 ($100 ICA members)                      Includes access to VIP lounge with open bar and light food
                                                                (9-11 p.m.) and Experiment party (9 p.m.-1 a.m.)
 
$35 ($30 ICA members)                          Includes Experiment party only (9 p.m.-1 a.m.)
 
Please note that the galleries close at 10:30 p.m.
 
Tickets are available for purchase at www.icaboston.org or by calling 617-478-3103.
This event is 21+.
 
About Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand
On the 20th anniversary of the Obey Giant campaign, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston presents the first museum survey of Shepard Fairey, the influential street artist who created the now iconic Obama poster. Stickers and posters of the artist's work have appeared on street signs and buildings around the world as part of an art campaign of global scale. Featuring more about 250 works, Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand traces the artist's career over 20 years, from the Obey Giant stencil to screen prints of political revolutionaries and rock stars to recent mixed-media works and a new mural commissioned for the ICA show. Co-curated by Pedro Alonzo and Emily Moore Brouillet, the exhibition is on view at the ICA through Aug. 16, 2009.
 
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