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Join Anni Pullagura, Yale Center for British Art Postdoctoral Fellow and ICA Consulting Assistant Curator for a deep dive into Hew Locke: The Procession at the ICA Watershed. In this drop-in program, Pullagura will explore the artist’s inspiration, motifs, and unique symbolic material choices. Learn more about Hew Locke and The Procession, which explores why people gather and move together. 

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Hew Locke: The Procession was originally commissioned by Tate Britain for its 2022 Tate Britain Commission. The ICA Watershed presentation is organized by Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Anni A. Pullagura, Consulting Assistant Curator, in collaboration with Tate.

Support for Hew Locke: The Procession is provided by David Feinberg and Marina Kalb, and an anonymous donor.

ICA Watershed programs are supported by Eastern Bank.

For over 16 years, AIGA Boston (The Professional Association for Design) and ICA/Boston have collaborated to highlight the work of today’s leading designers and thinkers through this annual lecture series. This year’s featured speaker is Brian Collins—co-founder of COLLINS, a San Francisco and New York-based transformation consultancy dedicated to creating experiences, products, and technologies. Collins’s work has been featured in The New York Times, NBC News, Forbes, Fortune, and more. Business Week named his design for Hershey in Times Square a retail “Wonder of the World.” Throughout his extensive career, Collins has worked with a diverse number of clients, from Mattel to Jaguar Cars. Collins’s team recently designed the AIGA’s 100th anniversary book and the Type Directors Club 60th Annual International Typography exhibition, using principles of generative typography. Collins is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and was designated a Distinguished Alumnus in 2004.  

Join us for a reception following the program and enjoy networking with fellow design professionals and enthusiasts. 

Event reception is sponsored by Frontify. 

In 2009, the ICA debuted Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand, the first museum survey of street artist Shepard Fairey organized by guest curator Pedro Alonzo. Now, 15 years later, Alonzo returns to the galleries for a discussion on Fairey, whose work is currently on view in the exhibition Wordplay.

Alonzo will be joined by ICA Curator of Collections and co-curator of Wordplay, Erika Umali for a conversation about Fairey, and the use of text and language in contemporary art.

About Pedro Alonzo

Pedro Alonzo is an independent curator who specializes in producing exhibitions that transcend the boundaries of museum walls. He has worked extensively with a variety of organizations to develop complex public art projects and helped build several notable collections of contemporary art. Pedro is formerly an adjunct curator at Dallas Contemporary and the ICA/Boston.

Join Curatorial Assistant Tessa Bachi Haas for a deep dive into the work of Firelei Báez. Learn more about the breadth of Báez’s practice and the expansive stories she tells through the medium of painting. This program will highlight three artworks. 

One of the most exciting painters of her generation, Firelei Báez makes work that explores the multilayered legacy of colonial histories and the African diaspora in the Caribbean and beyond. Her exuberant paintings feature finely wrought, complex, and layered uses of pattern, decoration, and saturated color, often overlaid on maps made during colonial rule in the Americas. On the opening night of her first North American museum survey, Báez will look back at her remarkable artistic practice, including her 2021 ICA Watershed installation. Báez will be joined by Julie Crooks, Curator of the Arts of Global Africa and Diaspora at the Art Gallery of Ontario; and Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the ICA. Don’t miss this engaging night of dialogue!

Make the most of your ICA visit! Explore the galleries and visit the ICA’s featured exhibition: Firelei Báez. Enjoy a drink and light bite in our waterfront Wine + Coffee Bar, featuring sommelier-selected natural wines and more. Be sure to drop by the ICA Store and bring a bit of ICA art and inspiration home with you.

Are there accessibility accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.


Firelei Báez is organized by Eva Respini, Deputy Director and Director of Curatorial Programs, Vancouver Art Gallery, (former Barbara Lee Chief Curator, ICA/Boston), with Tessa Bachi Haas, Curatorial Assistant.

Major support for Firelei Báez is provided by is provided by Hauser & Wirth, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Karen and Brian Conway, David and Jocelyne DeNunzio, Mathieu O. Gaulin, The Kotzubei-Beckmann Family Philanthropic Fund, Lise and Jeffrey Wilks, an anonymous donor, the Jennifer Epstein Fund for Women Artists, and the ICA’s Avant Guardian Society.

International artist Wu Tsang shares the creative and collaborative process for producing her monumental immersive artwork Of Whales. This dynamically generated real-time video installation reimagines the classic 1851 Herman Melville story of Moby Dick from the perspective of the sperm whale, inviting viewers on a mesmerizing journey through the depths of a CGI (computer-generated imagery) ocean. In this lively conversation with the ICA’s Barbara Lee Chief Curator, Ruth Erickson, and Curatorial Assistant, Tessa Bachi Haas, learn about this extraordinary artwork and the artist’s refreshing adaptation of Melville’s classic American novel using the Unity gaming platform with XR (extended reality) technologies.

Tickets for this event are FREE and available online at 10 AM, February 13. Limit 2 per person. Please check in on the day of event by 6:45 PM. Unclaimed tickets will be released 15 mins before event. 

Make the most of your ICA visit! Explore the galleries and visit the ICA’s featured exhibition: Wu Tsang: Of Whales. Enjoy a drink and light bite in our waterfront Wine + Coffee Bar, featuring sommelier-selected natural wines and more. Be sure to drop into the ICA Store and bring a bit of ICA art and inspiration home with you.   


Generous support for The Artist’s Voice: Wu Tsang is provided by the Bridgitt and Bruce Evans Public Program Fund. 

Wu Tsang: Of Whales is organized by Ruth Erickson, Barbara Lee Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Tessa Bachi Haas, Curatorial Assistant.

With warmest thanks, we gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the ICA’s Avant Guardian Society in making this exhibition possible.

Production Credits
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin

Composers: Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda

Horns: Tapiwa Svosve, Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson, and Miao Zhao
Harp and vocals: Ahya Simone
Creative technologist: Ferdinand Dervieux

3D artist: Aby Batti
Sky Box: Daniel Balage
Lead VFX artist and additional modeling: Alexandra Radulescu
VFX artist: Camille Petit

Cosmos sequence directing and animation: Abel Kohen

Sound design: Nicolas Bredin
Music spatialization: Dave Rife and Gabe Liberti

Additional integration: Small Creative—Vincent Guttmann, Marine Le Borgne, and Florient Salabert

Produced by ATLAS V—Arnaud Colinart
Virtual production by ALBYON

With support from VIVE Arts; VIA Art Fund; Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Antenna Space, Shanghai; Cabinet, London; and LUMA Foundation

Local artists and creative leaders reflect on the Caribbean’s history and impact on the city of Boston in this one-night discussion co-hosted with ICA Artist Advisor and former Poet Laureate for the City of Boston, Danielle Legros Georges. The panelists will explore what the Caribbean means to them and how “Caribbean-ness” manifests in Boston, particularly in the creative sector. Guest speakers include spoken word artist and educator Anthony Febo, Gabriel Sosa of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Althea Blackford the founder of Boston Caribbean Fashion Week, and City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia.

About the Moderator

Danielle Legros Georges is poet, literary translator, and editor whose work sits in the areas of contemporary U.S. poetry, Black and African-diasporic poetry and literature, and Caribbean and Haitian studies. The author of several books of poetry including Maroon, The Dear Remote Nearness of You, and Island Heart, translations of the poems of 20th-century Haitian-French poet Ida Faubert, her poems have been widely published, anthologized, and commissioned. She has received fellowships and grants from institutions including The Massachusetts Cultural Council, MASS MoCA, the PEN/Heim Translation Fund, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and the Boston Foundation. In 2014, Legros Georges was named Boston’s Poet Laureate. Her four-year term included collaborations with area artists, literary organizations, museums, libraries, and schools; and representing Boston at international literary events.  

About the Panelists

Born in the Dominican Republic, City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia arrived in the 
neighborhood of Dorchester when she was five years old. Raised by a single mother who was 
undocumented for most of her childhood, she was forced at an early age to speak up on behalf 
of her mother and others who felt ignored by the very institutions that were supposed to serve 
them. Driven by a lifelong pursuit of justice and equity, Councilor Mejia has created countless 
opportunities for others to step into their power and advocate for positive change as a 
community organizer. Following the 2019 election AND a historic two-month recount, Julia won 
her seat by a single vote and is now the first Afro-Latina to sit on the Boston City Council. Mejia 
is currently the Chair of the Committee on Education, the Committee on Government 
Accountability, Transparency, and Accessibility as well as the Committee on Labor, Workforce, 
and Economic Development. 

Gabriel Sosa is a Cuban-American artist, educator, and curator. Sosa works at the intersection of drawing, public art, and community engagement. His work has been shown at Fitchburg Art Museum; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana, Cuba; Tufts University Art Galleries; A R E A, Boston; and Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia. He has participated in residencies at Lugar a dudas, The Art & Law Program, Materia Abierta, Urbano Project, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Mass MoCA, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Most recently, he was named one of The Makers by WBUR, a series highlighting creatives of color making an impact in the region. Sosa is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Art Education Department at MassArt, and Deputy Director of Essex Art Center, a community arts nonprofit in Lawrence, Massachusetts. 

Althea Blackford is a trailblazer in production and entertainment. As the owner of VStyle Productions, she’s the creative mind behind the local fashion TV show “Style It Up” on Boston Neighborhood Network, spotlighting New England fashion designers. Her commitment to showcasing talent extends beyond regional boundaries, as she also stands as the visionary Founder and Executive Producer of Boston Caribbean Fashion Week. Here, the vibrant tapestry of Caribbean culture unfurls through the artistry of both costume and clothing designers, firmly establishing Althea as a cultural curator in the heart of Boston. As the founder and travel advisor of Destination Let’s Go, Althea turns travel dreams into reality. With over a decade of expertise, she specializes in crafting personalized Caribbean group trips, all-inclusive getaways, romantic retreats, and adventurous experiences, offering a stress-free booking process. Althea Blackford is a storyteller, weaving tales of style and exploration. Join her on a journey where every moment is a celebration of culture, fashion, and the joy of discovery. 

Anthony Febo is a Puerto Rican poet, teaching artist, and new dad living in Arlington, MA. He is a co-founder of the Lowell-based youth poetry organization FreeVerse! and has toured the country individually and as half of Adobo-Fish-Sauce: a cooking and poetry collaboration. He has competed on numerous slam teams at the National Poetry Slam and has coached even more youth teams at the international Brave New Voices and Massachusetts Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Festivals. Through Adobo-Fish-Sauce, he was a recipient of the MassART and City of Boston’s Radical Imagination for Racial Justice Grant, the New England Foundation for the Arts Public Art for Spatial Justice Grant, and The Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston Grant. They have been awarded residencies at the Boston Center for the Arts, the National Teen Arts Convening at the ICA Boston, and the Strange Foundation in New York’s Catskill Mountains. A teaching artist for over 15 years, Febo has taught at various non-profits in the Greater Boston area as well as theaters and museums such as the ICA. In fact, Febo was one of the teaching artists chosen to develop a weeklong professional development with Italian educators at the Venice Biennale teaching the pedagogy used in the ICA’s Wall Talk program. As an artist, Febo’s work examines what it means to actively choose joy in the face of what is trying to break you. Weaving performance into his writing, he examines issues such as toxic masculinity, family, culture, identity, and the role representation plays into a person’s development. His first full-length book of poetry, Becoming an Island, was published though Game Over Books. 

Celebrate Caribbean culture at the ICA, with a panel discussion featuring Boston cultural leaders and innovators, music from DJ KNSZWRTH, a special pop-up menu from Fresh Food Generation, and free admission to Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today.

ICA Forum: A Caribbean Boston, 7 PM

Tickets for the forum are FREE and available online at 10 AM, January 23. Limit 2 per person. Please check in on the day of event by 6:45 PM. Unclaimed tickets will be released 15 mins before event.

Local artists and creative leaders reflect on the Caribbean’s history and impact on the city of Boston in this one-night discussion cohosted with ICA Artist Advisor and former Poet Laureate for the City of Boston, Danielle Legros Georges. The panelists will explore what the Caribbean means to them and how “Caribbean-ness” manifests in Boston, particularly in the creative sector. Guest speakers include spoken word artist and educator Anthony Febo, Gabriel Sosa of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Althea Blackford the founder of Boston Caribbean Fashion Week, and City Councilor At-Large Julia Mejia.

 

Bites + Beats, 5:30–8:30 PM

Tickets are not required to enjoy bites + beats.

Enjoy a drink and light bite in our waterfront Wine + Coffee Bar, featuring sommelier-selected natural wines and special menu items with bold Caribbean and Southern flavors from Fresh Food Generation, while listening to the sounds of DJ KNSZWRTH

Visit the Galleries, 5–9 PM

Admission is free on Free Thursday Nights

Make the most of your visit and explore the ICA’s featured exhibition, Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s to Today. Be sure to also stop at the ICA’s Poss Family Mediatheque computers to read about five artists of Caribbean heritage living and working in Boston and their impact on the city. Featured artists include J. Cottle, Allentza Michel, Yvette Modestin, Mar Parrilla, and Romy Saint Hilaire. (Digital content is presented in partnership with Romy St. Hilaire, founder of Art in the Antilles which supports Afro-Caribbean artists to equitably navigate the creative economy).

Join exhibition artist Tammy Nguyen and Associate Curator and Publications Manager Jeffrey De Blois, to hear more about the paintings, works on paper, and unique artist books featured in Tammy Nguyen. This talk is drop-in and first-come, first-served, as space permits.

Tammy Nguyen is on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston from August 24, 2023, to January 28, 2024. 

“You look at the landscape, but the landscape also looks back at you; Landscape is more about what you don’t see than what you do see.” 

Acclaimed artist Teresita Fernández joins Jeffrey De Blois, organizing curator for the Boston presentation of Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s-Today, for an evening of conversation on art, the Caribbean, and the sources of inspiration for her breathtaking mixed media artwork in the exhibition– Manigua(Mirror).  

Teresita Fernández is a 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, also known as the Genius Grant, for demonstrating ‘extraordinary creativity’. In 2011, she was appointed by former President Obama to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and is the first Latina to serve on the 100-year-old federal panel, which advises the president and Congress on national matters of design and aesthetics. In 2016, she conceived and directed the U.S. Latinx Arts Futures Symposium with the Ford Foundation, which brought together artists, curators, museum directors, and scholars from across the country to discuss modes of visibility within cultural institutions. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally in prestigious venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Harvard University, Cambridge; Smithsonian Museum of American Art; and Castello di Rivoli, Turin, among others. Fernández has also created numerous large-scale public sculptures, including at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; New Orleans Museum of Art; Ford Foundation, New York; and Madison Square Park. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

Generous support for Artist’s Voice: Teresita Fernández is provided by The Ronni Casty Lecture Fund.