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PLEASE NOTE: Dates for the Shepard Fairey and Damian Ortega exhibitions have changed. Please see updated information below. Advance exhibition schedule is current as of Oct. 9, 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.


Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Ugo Rondinone
Nov. 4, 2008 - Nov 1, 2009
Ugo Rondinone’s work asks us to consider the way objects, spaces, and words become infused with meaning and memory. Working in a wide range of media—multicolored concentric circle paintings, sculptures of recumbent clowns, rainbow-colored neon signs, and life-sized sculptures of gnarly olive trees—he often combines these elements in installations with sound, creating moody, evocative spaces. His choice of imagery and text is often enigmatic but also deeply personal, related to specific moments, places, and interactions. Rondinone, whose work was introduced to Boston audiences in Super Vision, will create a new work for the ICA Lobby. 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). 
The James and Audrey Foster Prize
Nov. 12, 2008 - 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
Nov. 12, 2008 - 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. In a series of video installations, Byrne reconstructs historically-charged dialogues from the pages of Interview, Playboy or National Geographic. Witty and perceptive, these "magazine works" focus our attention to the way a culture represents itself at a particular moment in time.  Born and based in Dublin, Ireland, Byrne has exhibited widely in Europe, including the 52nd Venice Biennale and the 2007 Lyon Biennial. Momentum 12 will be the artist's first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. and will include recent works. 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.

Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand
Feb. 6 - Aug. 16, 2009 *
The ICA/Boston presents the first solo museum exhibition of work by Shepard Fairey, one of today's best known and most influential street artists. Objects in the exhibition span the artist's career -- including stenciled stickers from early guerilla art campaigns, screenprints, works on wood and metal, and some of his most recent works on collage paper and canvas. Fairey's images range in subject from counter-revolutionaries and rock stars to updated takes on political propaganda posters. Marked by the artist's bold graphic style and provocative messages, the images are visually arresting, yet open-ended in intent.

* Note new closing date.

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.

Damián Ortega
Sept. 18, 2009 - Jan. 17, 2010 **
Damián Ortega -- one of today's leading Mexican artists -- draws on his former experience as a political cartoonist to bring humor and animation to the sculptural form. Ortega's work often contains cultural references to his native Mexico, while exploring larger political and societal themes. The ICA has organized the first survey exhibition of the artist's work ranging from the early 1990s through to new production made specifically for the ICA show. Organized by Tate Modern curator Jessica Morgan for the ICA, the exhibition features about 17 works, including sculpture, photography, video and graphic work. 

** Note new exhibition dates

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 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.  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 $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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