Photo by Lauren Miller
Dive into pride month with First Fridays: Poolside Pride. Fetch your fiercest fit (shirt and shoes required) for harborside fun in the sun with Boudoir. Catch contemporary art, delight in a dazzling drag performance from Static, sip a summery drink, and dance the night away by the sea.
*Subject to availability. Doors close at 9 PM.
If your company is a corporate member or sponsor, you may receive additional First Friday benefits. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This 21+ event does sell out; advance tickets are highly recommended. $3 fee applies and is waived for ICA members. Discounted rates are available for packages of 10 or more. Please contact Visitor Services at email@example.com or 617-478-3100 during open hours for more information. The museum will not be open to visitors outside of the First Fridays event. Discounts, promotions, and admission vouchers do not apply toward First Fridays admission. The ICA store will close at 7 PM. Galleries close at 9 PM. Bars, Art Lab, doors close at 9 PM. Re-entry permitted. Food and drink will be available for purchase at our cashless bars—we accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.
Boudoir is a Boston based collective of multimedia artists dedicated to organizing underground dance music events centered around Queer artistic expression. We combine dance music and visual art installations to provide a unique and inviting atmosphere. Our guests are encouraged to dress to a theme and to release their inhibitions for true self-expression. We pride ourselves on delivering high-quality dance music from sizzling, sensual techno, to throbbing soulful house, to experimental, bass-heavy breaks.
We respond to the lack of dedicated Queer spaces in Boston by creating pop-up parties across the city. The goal of our parties is to encourage radical, free expression, Queer connection, and build community. At our core, we provide unique collective experiences and uplift the voices of other Queer artists & musicians. Enter our Boudoir and step into a new world filled with sensuality, mystery, and passionate dance-floor moments.
Math3ca (they/he) is a Boston based DJ and underground party organizer. He is a co-founder of the queer and underground party Boudoir and the hyper glamorous GAY BASH’D. Math3ca is committed to contributing and reinvesting in the artistic and nightlife scenes of Boston. His main sound satellites around house — but their sets always include sprinkles of electro, acid, baile funk, ballroom, and Latinx/Afro-percussion. He’ll make you dance.
Mx. Blaire (they/she) is a Boston based DJ and event organizer. Her sets float through multiple genres touching upon boomin’ bubbly breaks, uplifting house, slinky grooves, acidy techno, dreamy jungle, and anything that will make you dance. With a love of bringing people together, she organizes events all around Boston: spinning as a resident DJ of the queer-rave-collective Boudoir, co-conspirator for the euphoric break-beat inspired party Break-Fast.
Bricklayer (they/them) is a Boston-based visual artist and DJ. They work with the rest of the Boudoir collective to nurture positive and affirming experiences through visuals, music, and lighting. As a video artist, they use both analog and digital tools to combine organic forms, fragments of pop culture, and distortion methods, exploring texture, color, and relationships between images. Their interest in making connections between past, present, and future extends into music selections that span over half a century—with a special soft spot for electronic disco, breaky techno, and anything with a chunky bass or 303.
Since starting to DJ back in 2018, Ms. Mango (she/her) has absorbed the various sounds of Boston’s queer nightlife, both past and present. From the deep hum of a disco bass guitar to the underground dramatics of house and techno, they relay the positive message of love, sex, and unity.
As co-founder and resident DJ of Boudoir, Break-Fast, Nightrider and OnlyFriends, Adam Unknown (he/him) is helping make it happen here in Boston. Through these varying Queer events, he’s begun to develop a flexible party sound that’s draws from a multitude of genres, tempos and decades. Continuously working to cultivate the underground scene in Boston, it’s clear he’s not afraid of jumping well into the unknown. His sets are a continuation of this energy. Always looking for new and challenging sounds to play for friends. His selections always have a bit of drama and pull elements of future club, bass, two-step, and drums and set them on a deep foundation of house, techno, breaks, and other ethereal finds.
Static (she/they) is a visionary drag performer based in Boston. She has made a massive impact on the local performance scene over the past seven years through her conceptual, thought-provoking, and occasionally bizarre performances. She is most known for co-founding GAY BASH’D, the collective behind some of Boston’s most outrageous dance parties and stage spectaculars.