Planning to see more art in 2017? Make new friends? Expand your horizons? Boost your creativity? We’ve got you covered. Check those resolutions off your list at the ICA!

1. See More

Visitor in from of Gallagher's Deluxe

This season at the ICA we’ve got the “powerful” (Boston Globe) collection exhibition First Light: A Decade of Collecting at the ICA, plus the thought-provoking The Artist’s Museum and a brand-new monumental installation by Gillian Wearing.

Pro tip: Up your Instagram game with inspiration from Rachel Harrison’s Voyage of the Beagle, which explores fine art, public art, and kitsch in an unexpected series of digital photos.

Plus don’t miss THREE new exhibitions opening in February:

2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition
The 2017 prize and exhibition will feature the work of Boston-based artists Sonia Almeida, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, and Lucy Kim—artists working at a national and international level whose work has received limited exposure in Boston.


Steve McQueen: Ashes
A Venice Biennale standout by Academy Award–winning artist Steve McQueen makes its U.S. debut.

ICA Collection: New Acquisitions
With exciting new works, New Acquisitions continues to focus on the incredible growth of the collection in recent years. 

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2. GET OUT more

Grab your crew and head to the ICA for an evening of art and fun at our museum-wide party, held on the first Friday of every month! Looking for a more intellectual bent? Come by for ICA Gallery Talks led by scholars and other thinkers on second Sundays. Watching your wallet? The ICA is FREE every Thursday night from 5–9 PM, with free exhibition-focused free tours. 

People singing kareoke at the ICA

  • First Fridays: Ice Ice Baby
    All right stop, collaborate, and listen. Warm up this February at the ICA with 90s karaoke, a jumping dance party, a cozy cocktail, and, as always, some killer contemporary art.
  • ICA Gallery Talks
    Looking for a more intellectual bent? These conversations led by artists, scholars, and other creative professionals who share their perspectives on contemporary art at the ICA are offered the second Sunday of every month.

Let’s Dance

3. Explore More

Break out of the (white) box. 

Still from Bacon & God’s Wrath

Ottawa International Animation Festival
The Best of Ottawa 2016 is a collection of jury-awarded short films and fan favorites from the 40th anniversary edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival, North America’s largest animation event

Sundance Film Festival Shorts
Including fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world, the 2016 program ranges from wild comedy to reflective poetry. The artistry and unforgettable stories will resonate with audiences long after they end.

Alessandro Sciarroni’s FOLK-S, will you still love me tomorrow
In FOLK-S, Sciarroni refines the Schuhplattler, a Bavarian folk dance whose title translates to “shoe batter,” to its most essential form, invoking a sense of playful experimentation and ritualized trance.

Meredith Monk and Anne Waldman
Two iconic women known for their mesmerizing stage presences join forces for a singular evening of music, movement, and poetry.

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4. play more

Visit the ICA with your nearest and dearest, whether kids or kids at heart. Have a wee one in tow? Create an engaging museum experience for even the littlest visitor with ICA Gallery Games, a free pack filled with activities and tips for looking at and talking about the art on view. And don’t miss special vacation week activities!

Parent and child making art in the Bank of American Art Lab

Play Date: Family Film Program
Don’t miss a variety of short films including animation, live action, experimental, and documentary films, as well as films made by kids from around the world. Showcase stories of your own with ICA Storyboards. Ready for more fun? Work with our visiting artist to create unforgettable images.

February School Vacation Week: Art and Archichtecture Adventures
Take in the art on view in our galleries. Explore our building—and use it as a giant viewing device! Work with your friends and family to construct small-scale architectural models of your own design (Tuesday to Thursday only) or participate in our NEW Bank of America Art Lab installation created in partnership with a Boston-based artist Susannah Lawrence.

Did we mention we’re FREE for kids? Children 17 and under ALWAYS get in free at the ICA!

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5. Give More

Teen Convening 2015

Every visit to the museum, ticket sale, or ICA Store purchase supports contemporary art in Boston, family programs, and the ICA’s award-winning teen program, which serves thousands of young people every year. Contributions to the ICA, at all levels, have a lasting impact on the museum’s ability to share the art and artists of our time with Boston and beyond. 

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