The ICA is offering FREE admission for all on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9.


From 11 AM to 4 PM, check out interactive installation Salty > Sour Seas, which uses the ICA’s unique site to consider what Boston Harbor might look like above and below the water’s surface in the future. 


  • Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist
    Check out brand new exhibition and the first U.S. survey of the internationally recognized artist. The show examines 30 years of Dion’s pioneering inquiries into how we collect, interpret, and display nature. Often with an edge of irony, humor, and improvisation, Dion deconstructs both scientific and museum-based rituals of collecting and exhibiting objects by critically adopting them into his artistic practice.
  • Dana Schutz
    Dana Schutz is a concise exhibition of the artist’s recent work. Her large-scale paintings capture imaginary stories, hypothetical situations, and impossible physical feats, such as swimming while smoking and crying. Her works capture subjects who seem to be actively managing, even fighting, the limitations of their depicted environments—boundaries set by the canvases’ actual borders.
  • Steve McQueen: Ashes
    This Venice Biennale standout by Academy Award–winning artist Steve McQueen presents footage on two sides of a freestanding screen. One side, originally shot on soft, grainy Super 8 film, shows a young, carefree fisherman named Ashes balancing playfully on a pitching boat against a horizon of blue sky and water. The other side shows a second projection, shot in 16mm film, that chronicles Ashes’s unexpected fate.
  • ICA Collection: New Acquisitions
    Dating from the 1970s to the present, the works on view focus on the use of language as a material in art, the vulnerability of the human body, and the ability of artworks to shape-shift, taking on the character of architecture, décor, or found objects. New Acquisitions features works by Sarah Sze, Mika Rottenberg, Henry Taylor, Sadie Benning, Sophie Calle, Jimmy DeSana, Shannon Ebner, Jenny Holzer, and Haegue Yang, among others.