Press Release

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(BOSTON—July 27, 2011) This fall, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) celebrates its 75th anniversary with a season of non-stop art and performance. In conjunction with the major new exhibition Dance/Draw, the ICA presents performances by choreographers Trisha Brown and Jérôme Bel, a collaboration between dancer/choreographer Trajal Harrel and visual artist Sarah Sze, and live knitting performances by Liz Collins. A talk between artist Paul Chan and master choreographer William Forsythe is also scheduled. In addition to the Dance/Draw programs, the ICA pays tribute to the late filmmaker Karen Aqua with a screening of her work, and hosts Baaba Maal for an evening of Senegalese music. All programs take place in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater unless otherwise noted. Tickets for these programs go on sale to ICA Associate Members on Aug. 23, and to the general public on Aug. 30, and can be purchased at or by calling (617) 478-3103.


Dance/Draw is a major new exhibition organized by ICA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth that traces the journey of drawing off the page and into three-dimensional space, ultimately finding itself in the realm of dance. The following talks and performances are all presented in conjunction with the exhibition.

KNITTING NATION Phase 7: Darkness Descends: Sunday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
KNITTING NATION Phase 8: Under Construction: Friday, Nov 25, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Liz Collins brings her “army” of volunteers to the ICA for two live performances of Knitting Nation, Phase 7: Darkness Descends and Phase 8: Under Construction. In these performances, groups of knitters wearing costumes designed by Collins use manually-operated knitting machines to create a site–specific installation. Collins exploits the material properties of yarn, transforming it from yarn to line, from thread to material, from both line and material into planes of color. Her use of live performance means that these transformations happen in real time and are seen to be the result of laboring human bodies. Her performances intimate that creativity in art and fashion share many of the same principles, prime among them a reliance on the body as a site of both labor and display, and the use of the line to delimit and explore the boundaries of both the body and performance. This program is presented in conjunction with Dance/Draw, a dynamic exhibition looking at the connections between visual art and performance over the past 50 years.

TICKETS: Free with museum admission

PAS DE TROIS: Paul Chan and William Forsythe with Helen Molesworth
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.

In the 21st century, artists are crossing every imaginable boundary and looking to all artistic forms for inspiration. Visual artists are creating live performances; dancers are making installation and sculpture. In conjunction with the exhibition Dance/Draw, renowned choreographer William Forsythe and acclaimed artist Paul Chan will discuss this intersection of performance and art in a conversation moderated by ICA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth.

Cédric Andrieux
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2 p.m.

Continuing Jérôme Bel’s suite of staged dancer portraits (see also Véronique Doisneau in the exhibition Dance/Draw), Cédric Andrieux is a solo for the French dancer. From his early training in Paris to his eight years working with Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Andrieux has lived the recent history of contemporary dance. Through his movements, Andrieux illustrates his memories with excerpts from works by Cunningham, Trisha Brown, and Bel as he spins the story of his own life. Together, Bel and Andrieux create a vivid portrait of what it means to be a dancer today.

This performance received support from the Cultural Offices of the French Embassy and the
Consulate General of France in Boston.

TICKETS: $20 reserved/$18 members and students

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m.

Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo. Today, the Company is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London, and many other theaters around the world. The repertory has grown from solos and small group pieces to include major evening-length works and collaborations between Ms. Brown and renowned visual artists. In conjunction with the exhibition Dance/Draw, the Company returns to Boston for the first time in over a decade with a survey of works spanning their history including: Watermotor (1978), Opal Loop (1980), Foray Forêt (1990), and Les Yeux et l’âme (2011).

TICKETS: $50 reserved/$45 members and students

The Untitled Still Life Collection – WORLD PREMIERE
Friday, Nov. 18, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, 2 and 3 p.m.

The dynamic exchange between visual art and performance takes center stage in The Untitled Still Life Collection, a new work by choreographer/dancer Trajal Harrell and the sculptor Sarah Sze. Harrell and Sze began work on this performance one year ago during a residency at the ICA. Still under construction as of this writing, this world premiere performance promises a one-of-a-kind integration between object and body, space and movement, time and timelessness.

Trajal Harrell is a dancer-choreographer primarily based in New York. His choreographic works have been seen at festivals and theaters around the world including Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, PS122 in NYC, and Art Basel-Miami Beach.

American artist and sculptor Sarah Sze lives and works in New York. Her solo shows include national and international exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; and The Foundation Cartier in Paris. In 2003, she received a MacArthur "genius grant" Fellowship.

Commissioned and presented as part of Co Lab: Process and Performance, an ongoing joint project of the ICA and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy. The collaboration between Sarah Sze and Trajal Harrell is made possible by the Contemporary Art Centers (CAC) network administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), with major support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. CAC is comprised of leading art centers and brings together performing arts curators to support the collaboration and work across disciplines, and is an initiative of NEFA’s National Dance Project.

TICKETS: Free with museum admission


See art through the eyes of artists, scientists, journalists, poets, and more.
Free with museum admission

KELLY BELINSKY & KATE SILVERMAN, Performing Arts Occupational Therapy
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.
Albert Einstein called dancers “athletes of God,” referring to their extraordinary athleticism and exposure to rigorous physical training. Often, however, with training comes injury. Occupational therapists Kelly Belinsky and Kate Silverman share their perspectives on key works on view in Dance/Draw. Belinsky, owner and founder of the Performing Arts Occupational Therapy clinic in Brookline, and Silverman have extensive experience working with performers.

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2 p.m.
A recent recipient of the 2011 Award for Curatorial Excellence by Bard College, Helen Molesworth provides insight into Dance/Draw, her latest exhibition.

LIZ LERMAN, Choreographer
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m.
Called “the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art” by The Washington Post, Liz Lerman has created dance in collaboration with diverse artists and communities for more than 30 years. Founder of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976, she has cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance. A choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker, Lerman was
awarded MacArthur Genius Grant in 2002, and has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, BalletMet, The Kennedy Center, and Harvard Law School, among many others. Currently a fellow at Harvard University, she brings her vast experience in dance and art to a conversation in the galleries of Dance/Draw.


Sunday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.

For nearly 20 years, Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal has made music ranging from contemporary Afro-pop to expressions of time-honored African music; his projects have received resounding critical acclaim worldwide. Baaba Maal’s unique and thought-provoking Tales from the Sahel project comes to the US following a successful UK tour in March 2011. The intimate performances feature ancient Fula stories from Senegal; a discussion about how such mythological tales have led to the inspiration that is modern Africa; and performances of songs that have emerged from these two apparently divergent strands. Maal will play with multi-instrumentalist Jim Palmer and his longstanding percussionist Mamadou Sarr in an acoustic set. Renowned for his fiery performances that fuse funk, rock, and blues with the beats and melodies of West Africa, Baaba Maal returns to his roots in this special program reinforcing his role as a seminal artist in the world music arena.

Presented in association with World Music/CRASHarts.

TICKETS: $40 reserved/$35 members and students


Sunday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m.

Karen Aqua’s innovative films occupy a unique place in Boston’s independent and experimental animation scene, and have screened worldwide at festivals in Europe, Asia, North/South America, and New Zealand. The ICA presents a variety of her award-winning films, from earlier projects to her final piece, including a selection she made for an episode of Sesame Street. Created from exceptionally refined and colorful drawings, Aqua’s style is also characterized by compelling subject matter, exploring the human condition through themes of culture and transformation. Aqua stated, “I strive to create films which are more poetry then prose, making invisible the visible.” The films will be introduced by Frank Mouris, filmmaker; Amy Kravitz, professor of animation at RISD; and Ken Field, composer and musician. This screening is presented in tribute to Karen Aqua, who passed away in May 2011.

TICKETS: $10 general admission/$8 members and students

DANCING LINES-World Premiere
Sunday, Nov. 27, 3 pm
Additional screenings may be added, please visit for updated information

Inspired by the ICA’s Dance/Draw exhibition, Dancing Lines is a collection of short films which examine the intersection of dance and animation, exploring drawing and dance within animated films throughout history. The selection includes rarely seen films from renowned animator Norman McLaren, as well as work by Oscar Fishinger, Erica Russel, Margaret Craig and Erica Russel, David Ehrlich, Gina Kamentsky, Amy Kravitz, Steven Subotnick, Dylan Hayes, Caleb Wood, and Chip Moore.

TICKETS: $10 general admission/$8 members and students

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 11, 4:30 pm
Sunday, Dec.18, 2:30 pm

Short, fast-paced films of persuasion designed to inform, influence, and inspire, commercials can also be surprising, moving, and engaging works of art. The 20th Annual AICP Show, The Art & Technique of the American Commercial, is a compendium of exceptional commercials chosen for honors in more than 25 technical and artistic categories. Since its inception in 1992, each year’s honored commercials are made a part of the archives of the Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art. This annual program is always popular at the ICA.

TICKETS: $10 general admission/$8 members and students

Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 pm
Sunday, Dec. 4, 4:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2:30 pm
Sunday, Dec. 18, 4:30 pm

Boston is one of just 10 cities in the US screening this annual showcase. Now in its 33rd year, the series features winners of the British television Advertising Awards. Described as “bite-size films” and “minute master-pieces,” (The New York Times) these outstanding commercials offer a glimpse into the originality, wit, and creativity of British advertising.

TICKETS: $10 general admission/$8 members and students


Gob Squad
Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good)
January 13-15, 2012

A live film with bad coffee, nervous breakdowns, wild parties and modern hairstyles, Gob Squad’s Kitchen takes one of Andy Warhol’s films, Kitchen, as its starting point. Nothing much happens in the film yet it somehow encapsulates the hedonistic experimental energy of the swinging sixties. Learning lines was considered “old –fashioned” so the actors just hang around. Sex, drugs and wild parties are referred to, but nothing in particular takes place. Gob Squad set themselves the task of reconstructing Kitchen, despite the fact that none of them have seen it as the film is unavailable for viewing these days. How can they get it just right? How do they know if they’re going wrong? How did people dance in 1965? What did they talk about? Had feminism happened? Or was it yet to begin? Gob Squad’s Kitchen becomes a journey back in time and back to the future again.

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 a.m. —5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. —9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. —5 p.m. 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 p.m. Free admission for families at ICA Play Dates (2 adults + children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at




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