THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART/BOSTON

 


WEST GALLERY

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933 – 1957

Oct. 10, 2015  Jan. 24, 2016

The first comprehensive U.S. museum exhibition about Black Mountain College, Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957shows how the short-lived progressive school became a seminal meeting place for influential artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and thinkers. A wellspring of the avant-garde in America, Black Mountain College continues to have an important influence on art and education today.    

ALSO COMING TO THE ICA

Fotene Demoulas Gallery
ERIN SHIRREFF

August 26 Nov. 29, 2015

Erin Shirreff uses sculpture, digital photography, and video to explore the complex relationship between the camera and art history. Her work focuses on the ways we experience art, and the differences between doing so in person and through reproduced images, which often form the basis of art historical study.   

Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser Gallery
MONA HATOUM

August 26 Nov. 29, 2015

Over the past three decades, Lebanese-born Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum has explored the fine line between the familiar and the uncanny in her visceral body of work. Through the juxtaposition of contradictory materials, changes of scale, or the introduction of uncharacteristic elements, she infuses commonplace and even banal objects with an element of danger, references to violence, or the capability to produce bodily harm.   

Fotene Demoulas Gallery
DIANE SIMPSON

Dec. 16, 2015 Mar. 27, 2016

This concise survey of over thirty years of work will include a suite of preparatory drawings and sculptural work made from the early 1980s to the present in materials ranging from corrugated cardboard and MDF to aluminum, wool, polyester, poplar, faux fur, fleece, mahogany, brass, copper, and steel   

Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser Gallery
RAMIN HAERIZADEH, ROKNI HAERIZADEH, AND HESAM RAHMANIAN

Dec. 16, 2015 Mar. 27, 2016

The three Iranian artists—two brothers and their childhood friend—combine their individual work, and that of their friends, in sculpture, painting, drawing, and video, to generate consuming total environments. The ICA invites the trio to create an on-site installation in the gallery, joining the intimacy of the artists’ collective life with their critical engagement of a globalized contemporary culture  

West Gallery
WALID RAAD

Feb. 24 May 30, 2016

This exhibition will be the first comprehensive North American museum survey of the internationally recognized artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon), whose work in photography, video, sculpture, and performance in the last 25 years investigates the distinctions between fact and fiction and the ways we represent, remember, and make sense of history.    

Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser Gallery + Fotene Demoulas Gallery
GEOFFREY FARMER

April 13 July 31, 2016

This immersive survey of the artist’s recent major “paper works” presents room-sized installations composed of hundreds of small sculptures made of cutout photographs, fabric, and various supports. In these recent works, processions of figures assembled from fragments of book and magazine photography and illustration, manifest the artist’s interest in the cross-pollination of historical and vernacular imagery  

West Gallery
NALANI MALANI: IN SEARCH OF VANISHED BLOOD

June 29 Oct. 2, 2016

This exhibition centers on Malini’s signature multi-media installation, In Search of Vanished Blood (2012), the title of which is drawn from East German writer and critic Christa Wolf’s 1984 novel Cassandra, about a struggling female artist and visionary. Combining imagery from Eastern and Western cultures, with sound, projected image and light, In Search of Vanished Blood is an enthralling immersive experience.    

West Gallery
LIZ DESCHENES

June 29 Oct. 2, 2016

Deschenes is known for her lushly beautiful and meditative work in photography and sculpture and since the early 1990s, she has produced a singular and influential body of work that probes the relationship between the mechanics of seeing, image making processes, and modes of display. Her use of natural light to make photograms (a type of photographic image made without a camera), that result in images with mirrored surfaces, results in unique works that reflect the movements and light within a given space and respond to a site’s unique features.    

 

 

 

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