Press Release


Please Note: Advance exhibition schedule is current as of May 30, 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.

Please Note: The exhibition Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova and Robin Rhode has been extended. The new closing date is Oct. 19, 2008. See complete listing below.


Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future
May 30 – September 7, 2008
Sculptor Anish Kapoor—perhaps best known in this country for the popular public art work, Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park—is the focus of a major exhibition this summer at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. The show features 14 monumental works made since 1980, a period in which Kapoor's sculptures and installations have grown increasingly ambitious and complex. Many of the works are on view for the first time in the United States, including a new acrylic sculpture (Untitled, 2007). The first U.S. museum survey of Kapoor's art in more than 15 years, Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future opens May 30 and runs through September 7, 2008.


ICA Collection
July 30, 2008 – July 12, 2009
The third presentation 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.



Momentum 11: Nicholas Hlobo
July 30 – October 26, 2008
South African artist Nicholas Hlobo creates works on paper, sculpture, and performances that harness the associative potential of materials, such as pink satin ribbon, rubber inner tubes, leather, lace, and weathered wood. These are assembled with techniques like sewing and weaving into evocative images and forms that play on connotations of gender, ethnicity, Hlobo often adds further metaphorical layers by titling his works with idioms from his native language, Xhosa—one of twelve national languages of his post-Apartheid homeland—that are rich with double-entendres. Hlobo will create new work for Momentum 11, his first solo museum exhibition in the United States.


Momentum 10: Ranjani Shettar
Through July 13, 2008
Born and based in Bangalore, India, Ranjani Shettar’s delicate sculptural installations deftly blend the natural with the man-made, the landscape and urban detritus. Never wedded to a particular material, Shettar starts with an idea (she has described her process as “dreaming” about something and then making it a reality) and finds an appropriate material to match. The materials she has used are varied, including both the organic and the manufactured: beeswax, sawdust, wood, latex, PVC tubing, silicone rubber, and metal.  For Momentum 10, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the U.S., Shettar has created a new, site-specific work entitled Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles.

Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode
Through Oct. 19, 2008
Organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Street Level presents a focused selection of photography, video, large-scale canvases, intimate works on paper, and sculptural installation by three promising artists—Mark Bradford (Los Angeles), William Cordova (Lima, Miami, New York) and Robin Rhode (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Berlin)—whose works draw directly from street culture. The sidewalks, curbs, alleys, and abandoned lots of their respective cities provide the materials, vernacular, and sites of their distinctive practices. Combining familiar forms like maps of metropolitan grids, street music, and graffiti with their own sophisticated aesthetics, they create works that both celebrate and critique how cultural territory is defined and transformed in urban environments.

Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Dave Muller
Through October 12, 2008
Los Angeles-based artist Dave Muller created a new mural for the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, his first project in Boston. As Below, So Above incorporates a diagrammatic timeline of chart-topping rock hits—found in Reebee Garofalo and Steve Chapple’s book Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Here to Pay (1977)—from the 1950s to 70s, including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and the Supremes. The installation also includes drawings inspired by the Boston music scene and a soundtrack timed for the entire length of the exhibition.


Tara Donovan
October 10, 2008 – January 4, 2009
The ICA is organizing the first major museum survey of American sculptor Tara Donovan. With sensitivity to texture, volume, and the inherent properties of materials, Donovan transforms large quantities of mass-produced items—pencils, adhesive tape, drinking straws, toothpicks, buttons, straight pins, plastic cups, and Mylar—into stunning works of phenomenal impact. Layered, piled, or clustered with almost viral repetition, these products assume forms that evoke natural systems and seem to defy the laws of nature. The exhibition gathers medium-scale pieces and large-scale installations from the past decade that map the trajectory of her distinctive sculptural process.


Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Ugo Rondinone
Oct. 28, 2008 – Oct. 18, 2009
In a dramatic new installation for the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone transforms the ICA Lobby by covering the wall with mirrored black plexiglass.  A 19th-century style window frame will be set into the wall, creating an environment of illusion and reflection. Based in New York, Rondinone 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
The Foster Prize exhibition presents work by the four finalists for the James and Audrey Foster Prize, a biennial award recognizing outstanding artists from Greater Boston. The 2008 finalists are Catherine D’Ignazio, Rania Matar, Andrew Witkin and Joe Zane.


Momentum 12: Gerard Byrne
Nov. 12, 2008 – March 1, 2009
Influenced by literature and theater, Gerard Byrne’s multimedia work references a range of sources, from popular magazines to playwrights like Samuel Beckett. In a series of “magazine works”, Byrne used texts from old issues of Playboy or Interview as film scripts, creating carefully staged videos that blur the lines between past and present, fiction and documentary. 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 a number of his recent works.

Shepard Fairey
Feb. 6 – April 19, 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 and ambiguous in intent.

Damián Ortega

May 22 – Sept. 7, 2009
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 presents 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 Jessica Morgan, Curator, Tate Modern, for the ICA the exhibition includes sculpture, photography, video and graphic work. 

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