Press release


Artist's first museum survey opens Oct. 10 at ICA/Boston

Boston, MA - Only two weeks before the opening of her first museum survey at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Tara Donovan today was named a 2008 recipient of the MacArthur "genius" grant. Donovan was one of 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation for the exceptional creativity and potential demonstrated in their work. With acute awareness of the aesthetic properties of her materials, Donovan explores how mass quantities of everyday items--tape, plastic cups, toothpicks, buttons--can transcend the familiar to create stunning, almost otherworldly, sculptural forms. On view from Oct. 10, 2008 to Jan. 4, 2009, Tara Donovan features 16 sculptures and installations -- including a new work commissioned by the ICA -- that trace the ambitious process of this ingenious young artist.

The ICA exhibition coincides with the publication of Tara Donovan, a comprehensive 160-page monograph co-published by The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and The Monacelli Press/Random House, New York. Contents include an introductory essay by ICA associate curator Jen Mergel and ICA chief curator Nicholas Baume; a conversation between Tara Donovan and Lawrence Weschler; an afterword by ICA director Jill Medvedow, and approximately 70 reproductions of all Donovan's works to date.

Press Preview
A media preview of Tara Donovan will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. RSVP to Colette Randall at 617-478-3181 or

Tour Venues
Following the ICA, Tara Donovan travels to the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati (Feb. 7 - May 11, 2009), the Des Moines Arts Center (June 19 - Sept. 13, 2009) and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Oct. 10, 2009 - Jan. 16, 2010).

The exhibition and publication were generously supported by Chuck and Kate Brizius and Barbara Lee.

About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the ICA has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for seventy 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.  Located at 100 Northern Avenue in Boston, the ICA 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 $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, and free for members and children 17 and under. Free admission on Target Free Thursday Nights, 5-9 pm. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at


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