This fall, we celebrate the spirit of adventure that has always defined the ICA with a season of nonstop art and performance. The centerpiece of our 75th Anniversary season is Dance/Draw, a landmark exhibition exploring the dynamic exchange taking place between visual art and dance today.

Although dance and the visual arts have enjoyed a long relationship, it has traditionally been comprised of artists creating sets for performances. Recently, however, many visual artists have incorporated dance into their work, and some dancers have experimented with drawing.

Dance/Draw assembles work by nearly 40 artists and explores the multi-layered relationship between contemporary dance and the drawing of the past 40 years.

During the period after World War II, modern dance deviated from the strict codes of traditional ballet en pointe, adopting everyday gestures and natural, childlike play into its standard repertoire. So too contemporary drawing abandoned the confines of technical perfection and frequently left the picture frame altogether. In both dance and drawing the line, as an independent means of expression, was liberated from the historical ideal of perfect form, and instead appears as a mobile, open-ended element capable of exploring a wide range of ideas dealing with history and memory, as well as the expressive potential of the body.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Ronald and Ronni Casty, the HBB Foundation, and Jacqueline Bernat and Adam Hetnarski.


Bill T. Jones Body Painting with Keith Haring, 1983
Photograph by Tseng Kwong Chi
© 1983 Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc. New York
Body drawing by Keith Haring
© 1983 Estate of Keith Haring, New York.


Helena Almeida
O Atelier/The Studio, 1983
Black-and-white photograph
67 3/8 x 48 7/8 inches
Collection of Mario Henriques



 The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is proud to be the Celebration Sponsor for the ICA's 75th Anniversary.





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