Press release


PLEASE NOTE: Advance exhibition schedule is current as of Dec. 22, 2008. Please disregard all previous information. All information is subject to change. Please contact the communications department at 617-478-3181 to confirm all information prior to publication.


Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand
Feb. 6 - Aug. 16, 2009
On the 20th anniversary of the Obey Giant campaign, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opens 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 a guerrilla art campaign of global scale. Featuring over 200 works, Shepard Fairey: Supply & 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. In complement to the exhibition, Fairey will be creating public art works at sites around Boston. The exhibition is accompanied by special ICA edition of Supply & Demand, the retrospective publication of the artist's work.

Momentum 13: Eileen Quinlan
March 18 - July 12, 2009
Eileen Quinlan's mesmerizing work captures the mystery and illusion of the photographic image. The Boston-born artist bases her work in the studio, using pre-digital techniques such as gels, strobes and smoke machines to create her hauntingly beautiful compositions.  In her series Smoke and Mirrors, Quinlan records reflections of light, color, and texture, achieving a seemingly infinite range of prismatic abstractions. The artist has had solo presentations of her work in Art Statements, Art|39|Basel, Sutton Lane, London, and Galerie Daniel Bucholz, Cologne (all 2008). Momentum 13 will be Quinlan's first solo museum exhibition. The Momentum series examines new developments in contemporary art, inviting emerging artists from the U.S. and around the world to present their work at the ICA.

Acting Out: Social Experiments in Video
March 18 - Oct 18, 2009 
Acting Out presents recent works by artists—including Javier Téllez, Phil Collins, and Artur ┼╗mijewski—whose experiments with video are developing a new form of social portraiture. Rather than create fictional narratives or raw documentaries, the artists engage non-actors to participate in activities that reveal the complex dynamics of social relationships. Facing physical challenges, disparate political ideals, or high-stakes competition, the participants express themselves in unexpected and often moving ways. Letting chance in and leaving acting out, the videos highlight the ongoing cycles of isolation, connection, and friction that shape our lives.

Damián Ortega: Do It Yourself
Sept. 18 - Jan. 17, 2010
In Damián Ortega's work, objects are never allowed to rest—they are pulled apart, suspended or re-arranged, calling attention to the dynamism and movement of the world around us. One of today's leading Mexican artists, Ortega often includes references to Mexican culture while exploring larger political and social themes. This exhibition, the first-ever survey exhibition of Ortega's work, features approximately 17 works—including sculpture, photography and video—revealing the rich range of his artistic activity. 

Krzysztof Wodiczko
Nov. 4, 2009 - March 7, 2010
In a new, projection-based work for the ICA, Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko will focus on the experience of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Wodiczko's politically-charged works explore the relationship between art, democracy, trauma and healing. Often taking the form of public or gallery-based projections, Wodiczko's work creates an interplay between light and dark, drawing our attention to images and stories that might remain otherwise in shadows. His new work for the ICA will examine the impact of combat and its aftermath. In 1998, the ICA commissioned Wodiczko's "Bunker Hill Monument Projection" as part of an outdoor exhibition entitled Let Freedom Ring.


Tara Donovan
Through Jan. 4, 2009
With sensitivity to texture, scale and the inherent properties of materials, Tara Donovan transforms huge volumes of mass-produced items—straws, toothpicks, buttons, plastic cups, and tape—into incredible sculptural forms. Layered, piled, or clustered with almost viral repetition, these products assume forms that both evoke natural systems and seem to defy the laws of nature. The exhibition gathers 16 sculptures and installations from the past decade that map her remarkable creative process. After the ICA, the exhibition travels to the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, the Des Moines Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.
The James and Audrey Foster Prize
Through March 1, 2009
This exhibition presents work by the four finalists for the James and Audrey Foster Prize, a biennial award recognizing artists of exceptional promise from Greater Boston. The 2008 finalists are Catherine D'Ignazio, Rania Matar, Andrew Witkin and Joe Zane. Presenting vastly different views of the world in a variety of media, the finalists all share a confident artistic approach — a sign of breakthroughs to come. The winner will be decided by a distinguished jury and announced in January 2009. 

Momentum 12: Gerard Byrne
Through March 1, 2009
Using a range of sources from literature to popular magazines, Gerard Byrne's compelling multimedia work blurs the lines between past and present, fiction and documentary. For Momentum 12, the Irish artist's first solo museum exhibition in the U.S., Byrne presents Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), a new project that explores the legend of Scotland's Loch Ness monster through photography, film, and text.  Born and based in Dublin, Ireland, Byrne has exhibited widely in Europe, including the 52nd Venice Biennale and the 2007 Lyon Biennial.

Collection 3
Through July 12, 2009
The third presentation of the ICA Collection features new acquisitions by Roe Ethridge and Kader Attia, along with a sampling of other works by artists such as Nan Goldin, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Taylor Davis, Paul Chan, Mona Hatoum and others that touch on themes around the experience of nature, place, and landmark.

Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Ugo Rondinone
Through Nov. 1, 2009
First introduced to Boston in the ICA's inaugural exhibition Super Vision (2006), Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone has earned international attention for his poetic, evocative work across a wide range of styles and media. Entitled clockwork for oracles after a poem by Edmond Jabès, Rondinone's new work enlivens the ICA Lobby with a dynamic installation of 52 mirrored glass windows in a rainbow of colors and variety of sizes. Based in New York, the artist has had solo exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and P.S.1., Long Island City, New York, and was the Swiss representative at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). 
About the ICA
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