Faith Ringgold, For the Women’s House, 1971. Oil on canvas, 96 x 96 inches (243.8 x 243.8 cm). Courtesy the Rose M. Singer Center, Rikers Island Correctional Center. © 2017 Faith Ringgold / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
In honor of Labor Day the ICA is offering FREE admission for all on Monday, September 3.
In Hybrid-Digital Home New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk has collaborated with her six-year-old daughter, Aya Woolfalk Mitchell, to reinvent the ICA’s Bank of America Art Lab as a warm domestic environment. From 11 AM to 4 PM, contribute drawings to be digitally patternized and added to the wall, creating a collaboratively generated portrait of home.
Focusing on the work of black female artists, this is the first exhibition to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color—as distinct from the primarily white, middle-class mainstream feminist movement—in order to reorient conversations about race, feminism, political action, and art in this significant historical period.
Artist, cinematographer, and filmmaker Arthur Jafa has stated his hope to create cinema that “replicates the power, beauty and alienation of black music.” Set to Kanye West’s stirring gospel-inspired “Ultralight Beam,” this single-channel video installation presents a nuanced, multifaceted look at black life in the United States, which the artist sees as both beautiful and painfully fraught.
This installment of the ICA’s annual collection exhibition showcases artists’ engagement and entanglement with the everyday. Interest in common materials and quotidian subjects has been a defining theme of artistic practice in the 20th century; by observing and being in the world, artists make ordinary textures and experiences extraordinary.
The Watershed—a 15,000-square-foot converted warehouse in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston—is the most talked about art destination of the summer. Ferries from the Seaport to East Boston are free on Labor Day and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours early!
Diana Thater illuminates the Watershed with immersive projections that reflect on the fragility of the natural world in its inaugural exhibition. Immerse yourself in fields of color, move among projected doplhins, and come face to face with a northern white rhino.