Press Release





(BOSTON, August 1, 2014) The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) presents ambitious performing arts programming for fall 2014, including groundbreaking dance, theater, music and multimedia performances, as well as an eclectic and provocative film and video schedule. This vibrant season includes celebrates choreographer Kyle Abraham, the return of filmmaker Sam Green, a genre-bending performance by Art Spiegelman + Phillip Johnston and free artist talks including pioneer fiber artist Sheila Hicks as part of the fall exhibition Fiber: Sculpture 1960- present, the first exhibition in 40 years to examine the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century through to the present.

All events take place in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston. Ticketed programs go on sale to ICA members on Aug. 1 and to the general public on Aug. 5. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 617-478-3103.

November 8, 7:30 pm | JACK Quartet
Haas String Quartet No. 3 “In iij. Noct” (2001)
$10 members + students / $20 nonmembers
The acclaimed JACK Quartet returns to the ICA with the Boston premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’s third string quartet, “In iij. Noct,” a composition acclaimed and notorious for its unusual staging in complete darkness. The musicians perform the work from memory, positioned around the audience and guided by sonic cues embedded in the score. The piece is composed of several different segments Haas calls “situations”; players determine their sequence, and how many times each is played, on the spot. A co-production with the Boston University Center for New Music.

October 4 + 5 | 1:00 pm + 4:00 pm TRAJAL HARRELL AND SARAH SZE
Performed by Harrell and Christina Vasileiou
The Untitled Still Life Collection
Free with museum admission. Tickets are required and available at box office on the day of the performance. First performed at the ICA in conjunction with the exhibition Dance/Draw in 2010, this intimate duet by choreographer Trajal Harrell and artist Sarah Sze is finding new relevance through the current exhibition Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present. Taking thread as an essential prop, the work, performed by Harrell and dancer Christina Vasileiou, is the latest in a series of cross-disciplinary collaborations to take place in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater and galleries of the ICA. Commissioned by Co Lab: Process and Performance, an ongoing joint project of the ICA and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy.

October 10+11, 8:00 pm; October 12, 3:00 pm KYLE ABRAHAM / ABRAHAM.IN.MOTION
When the Wolves Came In
$40 members + students / $50 nonmembers
Kyle Abraham, winner of both the prestigious Bessie Award and a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” grant, is one of the most celebrated young choreographers working today. His sensual and provocative company, Abraham.In.Motion, returns to the ICA with When the Wolves Came In, a repertory program comprising several new works inspired by We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite. Included are Hallowed, a new solo work set to a series of moving spiritual hymns, and The Gettin’, a new ensemble work created in collaboration with Grammy Award–winning jazz musician Robert Glasper and world-renowned visual artist Glenn Ligon. Free pre-show talks by renowned choreographer and ICA artist-in-residence Trajal Harrell 30 minutes prior to curtain in the ICA’s State Street Corporation Lobby Oct 10 + 11. Free post-show Q&A with the company Oct 10. Copresented with World Music/CRASHarts

November 21+22, 8:00 pm |World Music/CRASHarts presents: RONALD K. BROWN / EVIDENCE
$36 members + students / $40 nonmembers
Ronald K. Brown and his company, Evidence, explore dance idioms from across the African diaspora, mixing Cuban, Caribbean, West African, and modern American dance forms to create high-energy works that joyously blend complex rhythms with a deep but down-to-earth spirituality.
Free pre-show talks with dance critic Debra Cash 30 minutes before curtain both evenings. Free post-show Q&A with the company Nov 21.

Italian Concerto, A Wooden Tree, Words, and Jenn and Spencer
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see the critically acclaimed dance group in an intimate setting.
Tickets on sale in September.

$15 members + students / $30 nonmembers
Art Spiegelman radically changed the public perception of comics with his Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece MAUS, earning the designation “father of the graphic novel.” In WORDLESS!—a genre-bending performance he calls a “hybrid slide talk, standup routine, academic lecture, and full-scale concert by Philip Johnston”—he takes viewers on a punchy personal tour of wordless novels by early-20th-century masters Frans Masereel, Lynd Ward, and Milt Gross. Accompanied by Johnston’s score of “rollicking, klezmer-inflected, vaudeville jazz” (Paris Review), WORDLESS! also features “Shaping Thought,” a new work Spiegelman drew specifically for the project. Originally commissioned by the Sydney Opera House.

October 31 + November 1 | 8:00 pm November 2 | 2:00 pm National Premiere of Wot? No Fish!
$10 members + students / $20 nonmembers
In 2009 British playwright Danny Braverman inherited an unlikely family treasure: more than 50 years’ worth of weekly wage packets, each small brown envelope featuring a drawing Braverman’s great-uncle Ab Solomans made for his wife, Celie. Sweet and often self-deprecating, these weekly drawings dating from 1926 to 1982 document the everyday activities, absurdities, and ups and downs of their shared life—and capture a moment in social history. With gentle direction from Nick Philippou, Braverman shapes Ab’s unusual chronicle into a simple but engrossing one-man show that Guardian theater critic Lyn Gardner called “one of the best shows I’ve seen in Edinburgh this summer, indeed one of the most touching I’ve seen all year.”


First Republic Bank is proud to sponsor the ICA’s 2014–15 Performance Season.

Presented with additional support from Robert Davoli and Eileen McDonagh, Ellen Poss, and Cynthia and John Reed.
Access for Boston’s dance community is supported in part by the Pratt-Hall Fund.

September 20 | 7:00 pm September 21| 3:00 pm SPOTLIGHT ON NEW ENGLAND FILMMAKERS:
Wander, Wonder, Wilderness
$8 members + students / $12 nonmembers
Interactive documentary project Wander, Wonder, Wilderness explores the relationships between humans, community, and nature—and the ways that green spaces serve as an antidote to our de-natured lives. Participants are invited to visit Boston’s natural spaces, create content including text, images, and sound, and share it with future visitors via an interactive website and app. Project director and artist Paul Turano will kick off the project at the ICA with a documentary screening. For more details and how to participate, visit

October 4 | 12:00 pm + 3:00 pm October 13| 3:00 pm ART ON FILM:
Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters by Ben Shapiro
Free with museum admission.
Photographer Gregory Crewdson has created some of the most gorgeously haunting photographs in the history of the medium: meticulously composed large-scale images that crystallize narratives of small-town American life into a single frame. Shot over a decade with unprecedented access, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters bares the artist’s process—and is as riveting as the images themselves. USA, 2012, 77 minutes.

October 4| 3:00 pm October 13 |12:00 pm + 3:00 pm Diller Scofidio + Renfro:
Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line by Muffie Dunn + Tom Piper
Free with museum admission.
Interdisciplinary design and architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro—whose first U.S. building is the ICA—has long been at the forefront of design, blurring the boundaries between art and architecture. With the almost simultaneous completion of two large-scale projects in New York—the revitalization of the High Line and renovation and expansion of Lincoln Center—they have also galvanized the public’s attention. This documentary combines beautiful cinematography with commentary from the architects and interviews with city planners, civic figures, and scholars. USA, 2012, 54 minutes.

October 18 | 7:00 pm ART ON FILM: Born to Fly
by Catherine Gund
Q+ A with Catherine Gund, Elizabeth Streb and producer Tanya Selvaratnam
$8 members + students / $12 nonmembers
Elizabeth Streb’s dancers push their bodies to the extremes not just of physicality but of physics. Propelled by the choreographer’s edict that “anything too safe is not action,” Streb Extreme Action challenges the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. Born to Fly takes us on an exhilarating journey driven by Streb’s radical movement aspirations—to walk on walls, dive through glass, move so fast you disappear—and fly. USA, 2014, 82 minutes.

October 19 | 3:00 pm The Notorious Mr. Bout by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin
Q+A with Maxim Pozdorovkin
The latest film from Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer co-director Maxim Pozdorovkin continues his fascination with Russian outlaws. Viktor Bout—a Russian entrepreneur, war profiteer, aviation magnate, and arms smuggler dubbed the “merchant of death” and portrayed by Nicolas Cage in Lord of War—can justifiably be called the world’s most famous arms dealer. He was also an amateur filmmaker. Until three days prior to his arrest on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, Bout kept his camera running, documenting a life spent in the gray areas of international law. With unprecedented access to Bout’s home movies and DEA surveillance material gathered during the sting operation to bring him down, The Notorious Mr. Bout is a portrait of a life much mythologized but little understood. USA and Russia, 2013, 94 minutes. English and Russian with English subtitles.

October 23 | 7:00 pm + 9:00 pm SPECIAL PRESENTATION WITH LIVE MUSIC
The Measure of All Things by Sam Green
$20 members + students / $25 nonmembers
Loosely inspired by the Guinness Book of Records, The Measure of All Things weaves together a series of portraits of record-holding people, places, and things. Following the success of his Academy Award–nominated documentary The Weather Underground, Sam Green developed his signature “live documentary” style, drawn from old travelogues, the Benshi tradition, and TED talks. A meditation on fate, time, and the outer contours of the human experience, The Measure of All Things will screen with in-person narration and a live soundtrack by the acclaimed indie chamber group yMusic. Green last appeared at the ICA with Yo La Tengo and The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller in 2012. USA, 2014, 62 minutes.

Now in its 26th year, the Boston Jewish Film Festival (November 5–17) explores Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience, and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world through features, shorts, documentaries, and conversations with visiting artists. The ICA will host several screenings. For more details, visit

Art goes overtime on the first Friday of the month with guest DJs, live performances, gallery talks, specialty drinks, and more.

September 5, 5–10 pm | Endless Summer
Summer’s not over yet! Immerse yourself in a languid summer jam session in Icelandic artist and musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s multimedia installation The Visitors, then head outside for live music on our waterfront grandstand. Sip on a refreshing summer cocktail, have your portrait drawn by a local Boston caricaturist, and sample super-fresh New England seafare at Island Creek Oyster’s final pop-up oyster bar of the season.

October 3, 5–10 pm | Fashion Fusion
Join Boston’s style elite for a night of fashion, music, cocktails, and dancing when art and fashion collide at First Fridays: Fashion Fusion.

November 7, 5–10 pm | Hooked & Twisted
Celebrate the opening of the ICA’s major fall exhibition, Fiber: Sculpture 1960 – present, featuring pioneering artworks hooked and twisted out of everyday materials like yarn, rope, and thread. Take a tour, make your own fiber-inspired artwork with local Boston artists, and cut a rug on the dance floor with Boston’s best DJs.

Your Greater Boston MINI dealersare proud to sponsor ICA First Fridays. 



ICA First Fridays are generously supported by the Citizens Bank Foundation.


Additional support for ICA First Fridays is provided by Harpoon Brewery.


FREE with museum admission.

September 18 | 5:00 -8:00 pm THE ARTIST’S VOICE: Matthew Ritchie and Company
See a new take on the Artist’s Voice series, courtesy of multidisciplinary artist-in-residence Matthew Ritchie. Rather than a one-on-one conversation, Ritchie will explore his diverse interests and influences through an evening of informal talks with local collaborators. Speakers will include Caroline Jones of MIT’s Department of Architecture; game developer and entrepreneur Kevin Slavin of MIT’s Media Lab; Jenelle Porter, ICA Mannion Family Senior Curator; and area teens. For more information and a detailed schedule, visit

October 2 | 7:00 pm THE ARTIST’S VOICE: Sheila Hicks
Pioneering artist Sheila Hicks, featured in Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present, is celebrated for blurring the boundaries between art, craft, and design. After studying with Josef Albers at Yale, she developed an interest in fiber while on a Fulbright in Chile; she later established workshops there and in Mexico and South Africa. In 2010 she was the subject of a major retrospective organized by the Addison Gallery of American Art. She joins Jenelle Porter, ICA Mannion Family Senior Curator, in a lively conversation about her art, influences, and all things fiber.

October 16 | 7:00 pm Panel Discussion:
Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism
Join us for a panel discussion with the authors of three new books about craft, creativity, and activism: Craftivism: The Art & Craft of Activism (Betsy Greer), Strange Material: Storytelling through Textiles (Leanne Prain), and Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty (Kim Werker). Moderated by Boston-based digital strategist and blogger Meighan O’Toole.

October 19 | 2:00 pm Gallery Talk: Matthew Claudel: The Fiber of the City
Textile is flexible and formless, while architecture is fixed and structural. The two seem opposite… but are they? Matthew Claudel, researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab, explores the interwoven origins and history of cloth and construction, pointing toward the future of textile in architecture.

November 6 | 7:00 pm THE ARTIST’S VOICE: Faith Wilding and Beryl Korot
Artists Faith Wilding and Beryl Korot have championed new ways of thinking about women, art, and materials since the 1970s. The artists join Jenelle Porter, curator of Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present, in an informal conversation on their work and interests including the use of technology.

November 13 + 15 | ARTIST RESPONSE: BEA CAMACHO ON Fiber: Sculpture 1960—present
Somerville artist Bea Camacho offers a unique in-gallery response to art works in the Fiber exhibition: a performance and physical meditation that blurs distinctions between fiber as sculpture, garment, and architecture. The artist has previously performed at international venues including Tate Modern and the Kyoto Art Center. See for times.

Dec 6 | 10:00 am–1:00pm DEMO DAY: Fiber: Sculpture
See processes explored in Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present in action in the ICA’s State Street Corporation Lobby. . Local artists Sam Fields, New Craft Artists in Action, and the Weavers’ Guild of Boston lead a round-robin of demonstrations that look at dyeing, the impact of gravity on fiber sculpture, and the grid.

Dec 6 | 2:00 pm GALLERY TALK: Samantha Fields:
The Push and Pull: Exploring Liminal Spaces
Samantha Fields is multimedia artist engaging with weaving, embroidery, crochet, beading, and sewing as both an aesthetic and conceptual strategy. During this gallery walk-through of Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present we will look at how these works occupy positions at, or on both sides of, traditionally established boundaries or thresholds.

Oct 1, 2014 – Jan 4, 2015 - Fiber: Sculpture 1960- present
Through Nov. 2 Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors
Nov. 19 – Apr. 5, 1015 Andriana Varejão

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 over 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 am - 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am - 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students, and free for members and children 17 and under. State Street Corporation Free Admission for Youth at the ICA is sponsored by State Street Corporation. Free admission on ICA Free Thursday Nights, 5 - 9 pm. Free admission for families (2 adults + children 12 and under) on last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at


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