Sanya Kantarovsky, Violet, 2016. Installation view, ICA Collection: Entangled in the Everyday, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2018. Promised gift of Karen Swett Conway and Brian Conway. Photo by Natasha Moustache. © Sanya Kantarovsky
Meetings, Dues + Benefits
The Acquisitions Circle holds two meetings a year, one in the fall and one in the spring, each joined by the ICA Curators. Upcoming events include:
Mon, Nov 2, 2020
Meeting + Collection Deep Dive
In the fall, the Acquisitions Circle meets for an-depth look at the ICA’s collecting priorities, exhibition schedule, and evolving art world trends that inform the artwork(s) proposed for acquisition in the spring.
Mon, Apr 26, 2021
Meeting + Acquisition Vote
In the spring, the Acquisitions Circle convenes to view artwork(s) proposed for acquisition to the ICA Collection, followed by a discussion and vote.
Annual dues provide a pool of funds to purchase artworks and are 100% tax-deductible:
$1,000 – Young Collector (ages 45 and under)
$2,500 – Member
$5,000 – Principal
$10,000 – Exemplar
The Acquisitions Circle is open to all active ICA Members. Participation at any of the above levels always includes:
- invitations to ICA exhibition opening receptions
- a private collection tour and artist studio visit
- the opportunity to reserve VIP Passes to international art fairs, as available
Artworks acquired through the Acquisitions Circle
In its inaugural year, 2015, the Acquisitions Circle collected funds to purchase Hito Steyerl’s Liquidity Inc., 2014, a video installation using water as its guiding theme. The piece was on view at the ICA in conjunction with the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today in 2018.
In fall 2016, the Acquisitions Circle voted and approved the purchase of all three of the proposed acquisitions, paintings which stretch the limits of the medium and materialize the everyday: Henry Taylor’s i’m yours, 2015, Sadie Benning’s Crowd, 2015, and Laura Owens’s Untitled, 2015. All were shown at the ICA in 2017–18.
In 2017–18, the Acquisitions Circle voted to acquire Frank Benson’s bronze sculpture, Juliana, 2014–15, a highlight of the ICA’s landmark exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. Juliana was purchased through the generosity of the Acquisitions Circle, together with support from the General Acquisition Fund and from Acquisitions Circle Vice Chair Patrick Planeta and Santiago Varela.
The Acquisitions Circle is Chaired by Fotene Demoulas and Vice Chair Patrick Planeta. To learn more about the Acquisitions Circle, contact the Development Office 617-478-3183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.