Elsi Giauque, Élément spatial (Spatial Element), 1979 (detail). Linen, silk, wool, and metal, twenty frames, each 35 3⁄8 x 37 3⁄8 x 1⁄4 inches. Mudac–Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo by John Kennard.

2016

Pierre Leguillon, La grande évasion (The Great Escape), 2012
Nov 16, 2016 – Mar 26, 2017
The desire to collect objects and images of personal significance, and to make connections between them, is a nearly universal human experience. For centuries, artists have collected artworks, along with diverse cultural artifacts and natural...More
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #3, 1977
Aug 17, 2016 – Jan 16, 2017
Coinciding with the ten-year anniversary of ICA’s move to its iconic waterfront building, this exhibition will celebrate the museum’s first decade of collecting. Drawn entirely from ICA’s collection and featuring multiple thematic...More
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Jul 16 – Oct 30, 2016
This installation features new works made by Boston-area teens in the ICA’s nationally recognized Teen Programs. Throughout the school year, participants in the museum’s rigorous digital photography courses learned to use museum-issued...More
Installation view of Liz Deschenes exhibition
Jun 29 – Oct 16, 2016
Deschenes (b. 1966, Boston), is known for her lushly beautiful and meditative work in photography and sculpture, and since the early 1990s has produced a singular and influential body of work that probes the relationship between the mechanics of...More
Installation view of Nalini Malani “In Search of Vanished Blood”
Jun 29 – Oct 16, 2016
Nalini Malani (b. 1946, Karachi) is India’s foremost video and installation artist and a committed activist for women’s rights. Currently living and working in Mumbai, Malani came to India as a refugee during the 1947 partition of India...More
Ugo Rondinone, MOONRISE sculptures
May 17 – Sep 11, 2016
Best known for his large-scale sculptures and installations, Ugo Rondinone (born 1964, Brunnen, Switzerland) works in a diverse range of media, including drawing, painting, photography, and video. Rondinone’s series Moonrise—his first...More
Geoffrey Farmer, The Surgeon and the Photographer,
Apr 13 – Jul 17, 2016
Geoffrey Farmer (b. 1967, Vancouver) is best known for his installations and large-scale, sculptural photo collages. This immersive survey of the artist’s recent major “paper works” presents room-sized installations composed of...More
Walid Raad, We decided to let them say “we are convinced” twice. It was more convincing this way, 1982/2004
Feb 24 – May 30, 2016
This exhibition will be the first comprehensive North American museum survey of the internationally recognized artist Walid Raad (b. 1967, Lebanon), whose work in photography, video, sculpture, and performance in the last 25 years investigates the...More

2015

Installation view, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian: The Birthday Party, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2015
Dec 16, 2015 – Mar 27, 2016
Ramin Haerizadeh (b. Tehran, 1975), Rokni Haerizadeh (b. Tehran, 1978), and Hesam Rahmanian (b. Knoxville, 1980) live and work communally in a shared house in Dubai. The three Iranian artists—two brothers and their childhood friend—...More
Diane Simpson, Formal Wear
Dec 16, 2015 – Mar 27, 2016
Chicago-based artist Diane Simpson’s (b. 1935, Joliet, Illinois) elegantly constructed sculptures evolve from a diverse range of materials, clothing, and architectural sources. While elements of her creations appear to effortlessly hang and...More
Willem de Kooning, Asheville, 1948
Oct 10, 2015 – Jan 24, 2016
Leap Before You Look is the first comprehensive museum exhibition on the subject of Black Mountain College to take place in the United States.More
Mona Hatoum, Performance Still, 1985/95
Aug 26 – Nov 29, 2015
Over the past three decades, Lebanese-born Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum (b. 1952, Beirut) has explored the fine line between the familiar and the uncanny in her visceral body of work. Through the juxtaposition of contradictory materials, changes...More
Erin Shirreff
Aug 26 – Nov 29, 2015
Working across media, with a focus on material and the analogue, Brooklyn artist Erin Shirreff (b. 1975, Kelowna, British Columbia) explores the intertwined relationship between sculpture and photography. Covering several years of the emerging...More
Kader Attia, Oil and Sugar #2
Jul 23, 2015 – Jul 17, 2016
Sculpture today is an expansive medium that includes a range of phenomena, forms, techniques, and materials; the category includes discrete objects, installations, staged video displays, and even performance. This display of collection works brings...More
Ethan Murrow: Seastead.
Jul 11, 2015 – Nov 27, 2016
In the nine years since the ICA opened on the waterfront, curators have invited a series of leading contemporary artists to propose and realize monumental, site-specific works on the museum’s sprawling Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall. In...More
Arlene Shechet: All at Once
Jun 10 – Sep 7, 2015
Arlene Shechet’s remarkable body of work—including, most recently, mash-ups of functional objects and whimsical figurines—shows an artist at the top of her form.More
Vela Phelan, Obscurus Novenas: I. Obscurus Conventus, 2015
Apr 21 – Aug 9, 2015
This year’s exhibition captures an artistic energy thriving today in Boston: artist collectives and performance artists.More
Meleko Mokgosi, Democratic Intuition, Exordium, 2013–present
Apr 21 – Aug 9, 2015
African history meets Western forms of expression in the work of Meleko Mokgosi, a Botswana–born, New York–based artist who investigates Southern Africa’s past and present in monumental paintings hung close together like the frames of a filmstrip.More
Feb 4 – May 10, 2015
When the Stars Begin to Fall brings together 35 artists of different generations and working in different mediums who share an interest in the American South as both a real and fabled place. The exhibition includes art works by self-taught, spiritually inspired, and incarcerated artists alongside projects by prominent contemporary artists such as Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, David Hammons, and Theaster Gates.More
Sonic Arboretum
Feb 4 – May 10, 2015
Sculptor/instrument-maker Ian Schneller and composer/violinist Andrew Bird share a fascination with sound and its interaction with the natural world. Since 2010, the duo has collaboratively produced Sonic Arboretum, an installation of over 30...More

2014

Nov 19, 2014 – Apr 5, 2015
The ICA presents Adriana Varejão, one of Brazil’s leading artists, in her first solo museum show in the United States. Like her modernist forebearers, Varejão devours the rich and diverse culture of post- colonial, multicultural Brazil, churning it together with a strong art-historical sensibility to create work that is provocative, perceptive, and disarmingly visceral.More
Rineke Dijkstra's "Eygenya, Induction Center Tel Hashomer, Israel, March 6, 2003; Eygenya, North Court Base Pikud, Tzafon, Israel, December 9, 2003"
Oct 22, 2014 – Jul 19, 2015
Works from the ICA collection are brought into conversation with borrowed pieces to explore particular themes and modes of art making. Included are recently acquired works by Gilbert and George, Leslie Hewitt, and Yasumasa Morimura.More
Elsi Giauque, Élément spatial (Spatial Element), 1979
Oct 1, 2014 – Jan 4, 2015
Fiber: Sculpture 1960–present is the first exhibition in 40 years to examine the development of abstraction and dimensionality in fiber art from the mid-twentieth century through to the present. Read moreMore
Jul 23 – Nov 2, 2014
“A generational masterpiece.” –Boston Globe A celebration of creativity, community, and friendship, The Visitors (2012) documents a 64-minute durational performance Kjartansson staged with some of his closest friends at the romantically...More
Jun 4 – Sep 1, 2014
“Delicate art that conveys a sense that everything is precariousness, everything is fleeting, so embrace this lovely moment.” –WBUR’s The ARTery “Really beautiful, fascinating pieces.” –WGBH Jim Hodges: Give...More
Mar 19 – Jul 6, 2014
Eleanor Antin once declared, “I consider the usual aids to self-definition—sex, age, talent, time and space—as tyrannical limitations upon my freedom of choice.” Antin, who was born in New York in 1935, is a pioneer of...More
Mar 19 – Jul 6, 2014
An extraordinary installation encompassing 193 polyurethane sculptures and four video projections, A World of Glass responds to the transparency, fragility, and vulnerability of the world. Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg and Swedish composer Hans...More
Feb 28, 2014 – Mar 1, 2015
Remanence/Remonstrance, Ritchie’s contribution to the Fineberg Art Wall in the ICA lobby, will continue his exploration of the possibilities, limitations, and collaborative capabilities of various media. Here, painting escapes its traditional...More
Feb 5 – May 5, 2014
The Refusal of Time “reveals a great artist working at the peak of his powers.” —Boston Globe South African artist William Kentridge’s recent installations have skillfully integrated moving image, sound, theater and...More
Feb 5 – May 4, 2014
“Pure delight.” —Boston Globe Nick Cave first gained widespread recognition for his “Soundsuits”: full-body outfits crafted from discarded objects found in antique shops and flea markets. Part sculpture, part costume,...More

2013

Nov 13, 2013 – Mar 2, 2014
Christina Ramberg once wrote of watching, when she was a young girl, her mother dress for a party: “She would wear these—I guess that they are called “Merry Widow[s]”—and I can remember being stunned by how it transformed her...More
Nov 13, 2013 – Mar 2, 2014
LaToya Ruby Frazier was just a teenager when she began the body of work shown in WITNESS, but even then she showed, as The New York Times has remarked, a “preternatural” maturity. Frazier’s upbringing in Braddock, Pennsylvania, was...More
Amy Sillman, Unearth
Oct 3, 2013 – Jan 5, 2014
“Big, confident, and sensuous works. In front of them, you feel joy and exuberance.” —Boston Globe Painting is perhaps more vital today than any time since the heyday of the New York School in the late 1940s and 1950s, and Amy...More
Jul 31 – Oct 27, 2013
“I like living in my studio…I like being around my work…I’m hitting my stride in my practice.” When we visited in March, Locke’s modest, pleasingly cluttered live/work space in Hyde Park was dominated by the works he’d...More
Jul 31 – Oct 27, 2013
The first thing you’ll notice is the eyes. Whether goggled, bug-like, or comic strip–esque, the eyes are obscured. But behind Mary Reid Kelley’s signature prosthetics, the characters see—and say—very much. Composed of...More
May 1, 2013 – Oct 12, 2014
Since the end of the nineteenth century, painting has gone through a repeated cycle of death and rebirth in the face of artistic innovations such as photography, conceptual art, installation, and digital-imaging technologies. At each of these...More
May 1 – Jul 14, 2013
“We congratulate this year’s James and Audrey Foster Prize winner, Katarina Burin, whose fictional archive of a Bauhaus-era female architect explores themes of absence and presence through the physical traces of human history.”...More
May 1 – Jul 14, 2013
Jeffrey Gibson’s paintings and sculptures deftly combine geometric abstraction and Minimalism with the traditional materials and motifs of his Native American heritage. Jeffrey Gibson’s paintings and sculptures deftly combine geometric...More
Apr 6 – Sep 2, 2013
“It’s pure chaos, claiming a territory that doesn’t belong to you to state your own identity. It’s like saying, ‘I’ve got no other way to say I exist.” —BARRY McGEE Barry McGee began exhibiting his art in the late 1980s...More
Jan 19, 2013 – Feb 1, 2014
South Korea–born artist Haegue Yang has transformed the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall with a new, site-specific installation titled Multiple Mourning Room: Mirrored. Made in collaboration with graphic designer Manuel Raeder, the...More

2012

Dec 12, 2012 – Apr 7, 2013
Combining the genres of portraiture and domestic interior, Mickalene Thomas draws on art history and popular culture to create contemporary images of black female sexuality, beauty, and power. Meticulously composed of layers of bold patterns and...More
Dec 12, 2012 – Apr 7, 2013
“The temporality of the videos and performances—often live, elongated, repeated, stalled, and then repeated many times over—confuses distinctions between story, character, and artwork, and plants them in the now, always to be felt in the...More
Nov 15, 2012 – Mar 3, 2013
Organized by Helen Molesworth, Barbara Lee Chief Curator The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has organized This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, an ambitious presentation that represents the diversity and complexity of art...More
Aug 1 – Nov 25, 2012
Organized by Pedro Alonzo, ICA Adjunct Curator This August the ICA presents the first solo exhibition in the United States of works by the Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. Best known as Os Gemeos, the twins are a major force in...More
Jul 1 – Nov 25, 2012
Organized by Jenelle Porter, ICA Senior Curator Dianna Molzan’s paintings cast in relief the very materials of painting: paint, canvas, and wooden stretcher bars. Her vibrant, easel-sized paintings alter our expectations of what a painting can...More
Josiah McElheny, Czech Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, 2005
Jun 22 – Oct 14, 2012
Some Pictures of the Infinite tackles cosmic questions, tracing this persistent theme in the work of Josiah McElheny. Over the past two decades, the problem of infinity has driven McElheny’s efforts to represent the unrepresentable, as the...More
Mar 21, 2012 – Jan 6, 2013
The ICA collection reflects a history of exhibitions by such trailblazing photographers as Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Roe Ethridge, Nan Goldin, and Catherine Opie, all of whom are known primarily for portrait-related imagery...More
Mar 21 – Jul 15, 2012
Charline von Heyl presents a survey of work by this compelling and important artist. Known for her vibrant, insistent, enigmatic paintings and works on paper, von Heyl demonstrates that painting is still intensely relevant in contemporary art. Von...More
Installation view, Figuring Color: Kathy Butterly, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roy McMakin, Sue Williams
Feb 17 – May 20, 2012
Organized by Senior Curator Jenelle Porter Color is a daily experience, from the colors we wear, the subway lines we ride, the food we eat, and the flags we fly. We use colors to describe our emotions: we are green with envy, turn crimson with shame...More

2011

Oct 28, 2011 – Mar 4, 2012
Organized by Senior Curator Jenelle PorterJessica Jackson Hutchins (b. 1971, Chicago) transforms life into art, creating sculptures and collages from everyday objects. With the addition of ceramic and papier-mâché, her family’s...More
Oct 28, 2011 – Mar 4, 2012
“Ten thousand waves takes us to the shore Home will arrive under our feet” —Wang Ping, The Great Summons Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves is an immersive, nine-screen video installation that interweaves three stories linking China...More
Oct 7, 2011 – Jan 16, 2012
This fall, we celebrate the spirit of adventure that has always defined the ICA with a season of nonstop art and performance. The centerpiece of our 75th Anniversary season is Dance/Draw, a landmark exhibition exploring the dynamic exchange taking...More
Sep 3, 2011 – Dec 30, 2012
There’s a good chance you’ve encountered Swoon’s work before: her intricately cut, life-sized portraits have covered abandoned buildings and warehouses in cities around the world. Often found in beautiful states of decay, her wheat...More
Sep 3, 2011 – Mar 4, 2012
The 2011-2012 exhibition saw a number of minor rotations throughout the year. These included: the removal of the Paul Chan’s `First Light’ for the 75th Anniversary display of donated drawings, and a timeline of the ICA’s history:...More
Jul 20 – Oct 10, 2011
Leslie Hewitt explores the role of photography in recapturing the past. She is interested in how much we rely on images to provide memories of personal experience, how collective memory of past events is shaped and preserved, and in how the two...More
Jul 20 – Oct 10, 2011
“My interest is in finding my own way.” —Eva Hesse, 1970 American artist Eva Hesse (1936–1970) played a central role in the transformation of sculpture that took place in the 1960s. In addition to her large-scale sculptures, over the...More
Apr 15 – Sep 5, 2011
Seemingly obsolete in today’s era of MP3s and iTunes, vinyl is experiencing a significant resurgence, and not just among collectors and audio purists—records and record players are increasingly popular as vehicles of expression for...More
Apr 15 – Sep 5, 2011
“A timely exhibition…frames questions about the most basic human values.” One of the defining artists of her generation, Catherine Opie is known for her portraits and landscapes. In this exhibition, Opie’s photographs explore the...More
Feb 2 – Jul 4, 2011
Using familiar materials such as receipts, newspaper, band soaps, and plastic bags, Gabriel Kuri focuses our attention on contemporary consumer culture and the circulation of money, information, and energy in both our global economy and in our day-...More

2010

Nov 19, 2010 – Mar 13, 2011
“It’s about…tracing the ghost of cities past. It’s the pulling off of a layer and finding another underneath.” — Mark Bradford Through his collaged paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations, Mark Bradford...More
Sep 22, 2010 – Jan 17, 2011
Nine Boston-area artists have been selected for the ICA’s biennial award and exhibition program From large-scale photographs of the Peruvian Amazon to experimental film to installations inspired by 17th-century frescoes, the artists selected...More
Jul 16 – Oct 17, 2010
For over 20 years, New York-based artist Charles LeDray has created handmade sculptures in stitched fabric, carved bone, and wheel-thrown clay. LeDray painstakingly fashions smaller-than-life formal suits, embroidered patches, ties, and hats, as...More
Jul 3, 2010 – Aug 14, 2011
DiMattio’s dizzying, perspective-defying paintings weave together disparate objects—from construction cranes to disco balls—in a tangled web. The New York-based painter combines imagery from a wide range of architectural,...More
Apr 14 – Sep 6, 2010
Discover the playful and provocative works of this artist and accomplished tattooist Jerónimo López Ramírez, also known as Dr. Lakra, is an renowned tattoo artist who lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico. Under his pseudonym,...More
Feb 19 – Jun 13, 2010
Using materials such as pure pigment, gold, and glass and images inspired by nature and literature, Horn’s often gorgeous works explore notions of identity, perception, and place. The most comprehensive survey of the American artist’s...More

2009

Nov 18, 2009 – Mar 28, 2010
Exhibition Guide, Chapter 15 Boston-born artist R.H. Quaytman incorporates optical abstractions, silkscreened photographs, diamond dust layers, and hand-painted trompe l’oeil elements into her works. Using these diverse techniques, she weaves...More
Nov 4, 2009 – Mar 28, 2010
…OUT OF HERE: The Veterans Project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. The project is also made possible through the support of the Nimoy Foundation...More
Sep 18, 2009 – Jan 18, 2010
Damián Ortega is known for taking things apart and putting them back together again Born in 1967 in Mexico City, Ortega is one of the most prominent artists of the new Mexican generation. This exhibition, the first-ever survey of Ortega...More
Jul 29, 2009 – Jul 18, 2010
Featuring new acquisitions, In the Making examines artists’ process and materials Each year, since its debut in 2006, the ICA Collection is reinstalled to present new works and new themes. This fourth exhibition, In the Making, marks the Collection...More
Jul 29, 2009 – Jul 18, 2010
Each year, since its debut in 2006, the ICA Collection is reinstalled to present new works and new themes. This fourth exhibition, In the Making, marks the Collection’s ongoing growth with a focus on artists’ process and materials in the...More
Jul 29 – Nov 1, 2009
Los Angeles–based artist Rodney McMillian creates sculptures, videos, and paintings, often based on found objects or elaborately constructed forms. Formally striking and emotionally charged, their poetic force is often sharpened by an...More
Mar 18 – Oct 18, 2009
Five contemporary artists capture the impromptu actions of ordinary people—to surprisingly powerful effect The five contemporary artists in Acting Out invite real people—non-actors—to be taped participating in these varied...More
Mar 18 – Jul 19, 2009
My eyes can only look at you The photograph has often been described as a transparent window into a frozen moment. For Eileen Quinlan it is not a window but a mirror—reflecting our tendency to see even constructed images as truth when...More
Feb 6 – Aug 16, 2009
The first museum survey of one of the most influential street artists of our time From humble beginnings as a defiant, skateboard-obsessed art student pasting homemade stickers, Shepard Fairey has developed into one of the most influential street...More

2008

Nov 12, 2008 – Mar 1, 2009
Four early-career artists making an impact in Greater Boston and beyond These artists, while presenting vastly different views of the world around us in a variety of media, all share a confident artistic approach—a sign of breakthroughs to...More
Nov 12, 2008 – Mar 1, 2009
Byrne’s work blurs the lines between past and present, fiction and documentary Gerard Byrne’s multimedia practice invites us to consider contemporary culture through the filter of the recent past. His work references a wide range of...More
Oct 28, 2008 – Jan 3, 2010
Rondinone’s work combines an irreverent pop sensibility with a deeply introspective tone. Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone is creating the third installation of the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall. Rondinone will enliven the ICA lobby with a...More
Oct 10, 2008 – Jan 4, 2009
In the artist’s hands, common, mass-produced items—toothpicks, buttons, drinking straws—become captivating sculptures. For over a decade, American sculptor Tara Donovan has transformed huge volumes of everyday items into stunning...More
Jul 30, 2008 – Jul 12, 2009
Portrait of a Museum Established in 1936, the ICA had a long history of exhibiting, but not collecting, the work of notable artists working to push the boundaries of contemporary art. Now looking ahead, the museum has begun to acquire works by...More

Older

Jul 30 – Oct 26, 2008
Using material as metaphor, Hlobo blends innovation with tradition, probing with healing, and irreverence with respect. Nicholas Hlobo creates works on paper, sculptures, and performances that harness the associative potential of materials, such as...More
Mar 19 – Oct 19, 2008
For these artists, city streets act as fluid, living sources of inspiration. Street Level presents recent work by three promising artists whose works draw directly from street culture: Mark Bradford (Los Angeles), William Cordova (Lima, Miami, New...More
Nov 14, 2007 – Oct 12, 2008
As Below, So Above The Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall will transform for the first time since the museum’s opening with a new work by Los Angeles-based artist Dave Muller. Entitled As Below, So Above, Muller’s first project in...More
Anish Kapoor, S-Curve, 2008
May 30 – Sep 7, 2008
The sculptor’s thrilling and seductive work suggests a world beyond our grasp Anish Kapoor: Past, Present, Future assembles 14 works made since 1980, a period in which Kapoor’s sculptures and installations have grown increasingly...More
Mar 19 – Jul 13, 2008
Sun-sneezers blow light bubbles Born in Bangalore, India, where she lives and works, Ranjani Shettar creates delicate sculptural installations that deftly blend references to the natural and the man-made, the landscape and the urbanscape. Her...More
Jul 25, 2007 – Jul 13, 2008
More than the sum of their parts… As the ICA collection continues to grow, potential connections with our exhibitions expand even further. Highlighting the museum’s latest acquisitions, this new installation takes the significance of...More
Feb 1 – Apr 27, 2008
In works that are more interdisciplinary, more interactive, and more kinetic than ever before, 16 international artists reinterpret traditional notions of spectacle, performance, and the gallery space. The World as a Stage—the title inspired...More
Nov 14, 2007 – Mar 2, 2008
“Human beings create things, but emptiness gives them meaning.” This quotation from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzeo is at the core of Kader Attia’s new work for Momentum 9, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. The French-Algerian...More
Installation view, Bourgeois in Boston, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2007–08.
Mar 28, 2007 – Mar 2, 2008
Spanning six decades, Bourgeois in Bostonbrings together sculptures, prints, drawings, and a rare, early painting, all lent from area museums and private collections. In the sixty years since her first solo exhibition, Louise Bourgeois has become...More
Sep 28, 2007 – Jan 6, 2008
National Design Triennial This large-scale exhibition of innovative contemporary American design is part of an ongoing series that presents the best work from the prior three years in product design, architecture, furniture, film, graphics, new...More
Dec 10, 2006 – Dec 28, 2007
An elegant and energetic fusion of opposing forces, The Divine Gas invites viewers into Aoshima’s fantastical daydream. Chiho Aoshima, a Tokyo-born, largely self-taught artist, is known for digitally-rendered drawings, animations, sculptures,...More
Jul 25 – Oct 28, 2007
In Present Tense, the artist considers the possibilities, limits, and consequences of self-transformation. New York-based artist Dave McKenzie works in a variety of media—sculpture, video, painting, and performance. His work takes a playful...More
Jun 1 – Sep 3, 2007
Philip-Lorca diCorcia is among the most influential and innovative photographers of the past thirty years. Bringing together 125 photographs made from the late-1970s to the present, including selections from all of his distinct series, this...More
Mar 28 – Jul 8, 2007
Space and time collide as Kawai blends a futuristic space community, a 1960s hippie commune, and a surrealist fantasia. Misaki Kawai’s whimsical installations are created from papier-mâché, wood, fabric, and other low-tech, “...More
Dec 10, 2006 – Jul 8, 2007
In 2000, as the ICA embarked on preparations for a new building, the Board of Trustees voted to become a collecting institution. It was a historic moment for the museum, which had concentrated on temporary exhibitions since its founding in 1936. The...More
Dec 10, 2006 – Apr 29, 2007
Superhuman vision, once the stuff of comic books and cartoons, is no longer a fantasy. New technologies have pushed the limits of the visible world, allowing us to see almost anything—from the elemental particles of matter to the far reaches...More
Dec 10, 2006 – Mar 11, 2007
Tropicalounge tells a complex tale layered with history, fantasy, philosophy, and the experience of everyday life in Brazil. Sergio Vega is the sixth artist to be featured in Momentum, an exhibition devoted to new developments in contemporary art...More
Dec 10, 2006 – Mar 11, 2007
The 2006 James and Audrey Foster Prize is awarded to Kelly Sherman A jury has selected Cambridge-based artist Kelly Sherman to receive this year’s James and Audrey Foster Prize. The jurors found Sherman’s elegant exhibition to be...More
Oct 6, 2005 – Oct 31, 2006
Opie’s figures appear to walk endlessly 24 hours a day with mesmerizing ease. October 6, 2005 — October 31, 2006 For the 8th Annual ICA/Vita Brevis Project, Julian Opie, a world-renowned artist based in Great Britain, has created...More
Feb 1 – May 7, 2006
Living in Motion: Design and Architecture for Flexible Dwelling February 1 – May 7, 2006 Featuring work by such noted designers as Isamu Noguchi, Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, and Philippe Starck, among many others, Living in Motion:...More
Sep 21, 2005 – Jan 16, 2006
In the past decade Thomas Hirschhorn has emerged as one of the most provocative, ambitious, and inventive figures in contemporary art. He is known for energetic sculptural installations that reference philosophy, politics, globalization, and pop...More
Sep 21, 2005 – Jan 16, 2006
Trained in film and video, Chan has achieved much recent acclaim for a series of projected digital animations that blend a cartoon style similar to South Park or The Simpsons with deep moral reflections on politics and the war in Iraq. The critic...More
Jul 2 – Oct 10, 2005
Jerry Beck, the fifth artist-in-residence at Boston National Park, is creating a new outdoor exhibition at the Charlestown Navy Yard entitled The Secret Ark of Icon Park. Situated among historic ships like the USS Constitution, Beck’s work...More
May 18 – Sep 5, 2005
New York-based photographer Roe Ethridge is the fourth artist featured in the Momentum series. Ethridge’s work brings a contemporary sensibility informed by fashion and advertising to traditional genres of photography such as landscape,...More
Jan 1 – May 1, 2005
Sep 22, 2004 – Jan 2, 2005
Scottish artist Lucy McKenzie is the second artist featured in the ICA’s Momentum series. McKenzie’s sophisticated and diverse body of work—which includes paintings, performances, drawings, photographs, and muralst—has...More
May 26 – Sep 6, 2004
Kai Althoff has emerged as one of the most compelling figures in contemporary art. Through a multi-faceted practice, Althoff has created imaginative worlds of thematic complexity and emotional resonance. This exhibition, the first museum survey of...More
May 26 – Sep 6, 2004
Momentum, a new series of exhibitions at the ICA focusing on significant new work by emerging artists form the United States and around the world, launches with the solo U.S. museum debut of New York-based artist Carol Bove. Bove’s portraits...More
Sep 17, 2003 – Jan 4, 2004
In recognition of the extraordinary development in his work over the last year, the ICA awarded its annual Artist Prize to this Boston-area artist. Weathersby has embarked on a creative enterprise that combines site-specific installation art with a...More
Sep 18, 2002 – Jan 1, 2003
Alice Swinden Carter, known for her sculptures made out of industrially manufactured materials, was the 2002 recipient of the ICA Artist Prize. Made from steel, glass, aluminum, acrylic and wood, Swinden Carter’s work references chairs,...More
May 22 – Sep 2, 2002
Taylor Davis, known for her minimalist plywood sculptures and installations, was the 2001 recipient of the ICA Artist’s Prize. Davis work draws on a unique combination of a minimalist tradition of American sculpture, represented by artists...More
Jun 1 – Oct 14, 2001
A series of meeting houses in the Charlestown Navy Yard, African Meeting House, Old South Meeting House, Paul Revere House, and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground honoring the role these sites played during the American Revolution and Abolition...More
Apr 18 – Jul 1, 2001
The exhibition brought together two series of drawings, One Hundred Modelsand Endless Rejects, along with several of Dumas’s newest drawings. Confronting the viewer with questions of beauty, representation, discrimination and modes of artistic...More
Jan 24 – Apr 1, 2001
By isolating organic, ephemeral materials such as water, ice, sunlight, and wind within the spatial and architectural parameters of an exhibition space, Olafur Eliasson creates sublime installation that explore the human perception of natural...More