Press Release


PLEASE NOTE: Advance exhibition schedule is current as of October 19, 2007. Please disregard all previous information. All information is subject to change. Please contact the communications department at 617-478-3169 to confirm all information prior to publication.

Momentum 9: Kader Attia
November 14, 2007 - March 2, 2008
Kader Attia has emerged over the past ten years as one of the most compelling young voices in European art. Attia's work deploys politics, pop culture, humor, and personal history in inventive and richly metaphoric ways. For Momentum 9, his first solo exhibition in the U.S., Attia will create a new work while living in Boston over a six week period. The artist will explore the relationship between fullness and emptiness, taking inspiration from Chinese philosophy, "man creates things, but emptiness gives them meaning." Working with students at Massachusetts College of Art, Attia will create an immersive installation using simple materials that evoke themes of childhood, absence, and community.

Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall: Dave Muller
November 14, 2007 - October 12, 2008
Los Angeles-based artist Dave Muller will create a new work for the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, his first project in Boston. Muller's work revolves around the collective experience of art and music. Muller's background as a DJ informs his visual art practice: his installations of large-scale acrylic drawings and long-play sound works often "sample" and "mix" images and recordings by other artists and musicians. For the ICA, Muller presents a timeline of rock 'n' roll history-including the Righteous Brothers, the Beatles, and the Supremes-as a vast landscape with layered roots and outgrowths. The installation will also include drawings inspired by the Boston music scene and a soundtrack timed for the entire length of the exhibition.

The World as a Stage
February 1 - April 27, 2008
Organized by the Tate Modern, London, The World as a Stage presents a group of international contemporary artists whose work explores the rich relationship between visual art and theater.  Artists such as Andrea Fraser, Rita McBride, and Jeremy Deller examine how spectacle permeates one's role as viewer, both in the gallery and in the world at large. In a series of installations, sculptures, performances, and participatory works, the exhibition addresses the human presence in the experience of art, whether through willing involvement or unknowing participation.

Momentum 10: Ranjani Shettar
March 19 - 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 will create a new, site-specific work.

Street Level
March 19 - July 13, 2008
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.

Anish Kapoor
May 30 - September 7, 2008
Anish Kapoor is regarded as one of Britain's most accomplished contemporary sculptors, and this exhibition will afford American audiences a long overdue opportunity to experience the clarity, subtlety and power of his art. The exhibition will include sculptures and installations made since 1980 and will be the first major survey of the artist's work in the U.St. in 15 years. Kapoor's art has evolved into an abstract and perceptually complex exploration of the sculptural object as at once monumental and evanescent, present and absent, physical and ethereal. Using the materials of classical sculpture, including stone and bronze, as well as newly applied forms of aluminum, pigment, enamel, resin, polymer and PVC, Kapoor creates sculpture that is viscerally captivating and conceptually resonant.

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, and his South African heritage. 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.

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 will gather medium-scale pieces and large-scale installations from the past decade that map the trajectory of her distinctive sculptural process.



Design Life Now: National Design Triennial
September 28, 2007 - January 6, 2008
Organized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Triennial seeks out and presents the most innovative American designs from the prior three years in a variety of fields, including product design, architecture, furniture, film, graphics, new technologies, animation, science, medicine, and fashion. On view will be the work of 87 designers and firms, ranging from established design leaders such as Apple Computer Inc., architect Santiago Calatrava and Nike Inc., to emerging designers like Joshua Davis, Jason Miller, and David Wiseman.

Bourgeois in Boston
March 28, 2007 - March 2, 2008
Bringing together works from area collections both public and private, this exhibition is a uniquely located portrait of Louise Bourgeois. Sixty years after her first solo exhibition in New York, Bourgeois continues to produce new work and break artistic ground. Drawn from childhood memories and present-day dreams, her works are highly symbolic objects of desire, sexuality, beauty, and anxiety. The work included in the exhibition spans her entire career, presenting the artist's varied styles and powerful themes in sculptures, prints, and drawings.

Accumulations: More Than the Sum of Their Parts
July 25, 2007 - July 6, 2008
As the ICA Collection continues to grow, Accumulations highlights the museum's latest acquisitions. The exhibition features works that assemble, amass, align, and overlap multiple parts to create resonant combinations and associations. Works include layered sculptures, paintings, photographs, prints, and projections by artists Ambreen Butt, Paul Chan, Tara Donovan, Marlene Dumas, Christian Jankowski, Josiah McElheny, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, and Kelly Sherman.

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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