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Futures past

Since the 1980s, the art world has acted as if it wanted to forget that the Neo-Expressionist, greed-is-good, Christian, pastel-preppy conservatism of that decade ever happened.
This will have been' at the ICA Boston, November 15–March 3
By GREG COOK  |  September 21, 2012

Deep Dive at the ICA

Fine craftsmanship and finesse are nothing new at the Institute of Contemporary Art, though usually they're contained within the Seaport District's monolithic museum.
Free Falling
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 31, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Works by Os Gêmeos at the ICA

The ICA Boston hosts works by Os Gêmeos, on display through November 25, 2012.
Through November 25, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 10, 2012

Merce Cunningham at the ICA

When Merce Cunningham started his dance company in 1953, he was a major new force in American Art.
American angels  
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 27, 2012

From the Horse's Mouth at Jacob's Pillow and Two Alike at the ICA

A lot has changed for American men dancers since Jacob's Pillow founder Ted Shawn felt he had to replace the sissified image of the ballet danseur with brawny "tillers of the fields."
Dancing the Y Chromosome
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 20, 2012

Josiah McElheny’s cosmos at the ICA

In 2000, when Josiah McElheny attended his first performance at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, he was wowed by the auditorium's 1966 midcentury modern "starburst" chandeliers.
By GREG COOK  |  June 29, 2012


The ICA's ''Figuring Color''

"Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented," Willem de Kooning argued in the 1950s.
Body talk
By GREG COOK  |  February 24, 2012

Cultural feedback mixes at the ICA at MECA

If you can't find the link between the print archive Whole Earth Catalog exhibit and Michael Bell-Smith's installation of tech art, update your browser (haw!).
‘Played simultaneously’
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 03, 2012

Monica Bill Barnes at the ICA

When the audience entered the theater at the ICA on Friday night, we saw a wooden table and chairs, set up for a simple meal — possibly breakfast.
Somewhere over the top
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 27, 2012
Short take - Ottawa Animation Fest

Review: The best of the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival

The Canadians produce the best animation programs and prove it again with this international selection.
Canadian animations
By PEG ALOI  |  January 27, 2012
Art Preview: 2012

A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011


Time stands still

You know the industry's changed when discographies for still-existing record labels get shown in art museums.
Wax Tablet

Swoon indoors and out

Swoon is one of the most celebrated street artists in the US, so why does her wall of bugs and monsters inside the Institute of Contemporary Art feel so meh?
Street cred
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2011

Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?

The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
Drawing conclusions
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 16, 2011

Swoon takes her street art to the ICA 'Wall'

Part punk-rock activist, part classically trained artist, Swoon, a/k/a Caledonia Curry, has sailed the Mississippi with a merry gang on homemade rafts and created earthquake-resistant structures for Haiti.
Going inside
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  September 02, 2011

Photos: Swoon Art Wall at the ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts a long-term art wall installation by Swoon, a.ka. Caledonia Curry.
Art Wall Installation | Institute of Contemporary Art
By JOEL VEAK  |  September 02, 2011

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A postmodern dance lineage sings

Brown's newest work, Les Yeux et l'âme , is a suite of dances from Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera Pygmalion , which Brown directed in Europe last year.
Forest forays
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 26, 2011
Fair sculptures at Decordova

Eva Hesse at the ICA and Tory Fair at the deCordova

Hesse's ability to imbue her art with body and blood and gravity anticipated the kinder, gentler minimalism of today's Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, and Roni Horn, as well as the fleshy fairy-tale figures of Kiki Smith. Boston sculptor Tory Fair has d
Women's work
By GREG COOK  |  July 29, 2011

Slideshow: ''Eva Hesse Studiowork'' at the ICA; Tory Fair's ''Testing a World View (Again)'' at the deCordova

This slideshow accompanies Greg Cook's  review  of "Eva Hesse Studiowork" at the ICA through October 10, 2011, and Tory Fair's “Testing a World View (Again)" at the deCordova Sculpture Park through April 29, 2012.
"Eva Hesse Studiowork" through October 10, 2011 | ''Testing a World View (Again)'' through April 29, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 29, 2011

Photos: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the ICA

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company presents an alumni reunion show at the ICA theater on July 15, 2011.
Institute of Contemporary Art | July 15, 2011
By JOEL VEAK  |  July 22, 2011
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Bill T. Jones alumni shine at the ICA

During the Q&A that followed last weekend's "Summer Reunion" of former dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Jones — unable to attend — was represented on stage by a large bouquet of white roses. (Zane, who died in 1988, was probab
Summer Reunion
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 22, 2011

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The Floordlords celebrate 30 years

B-boys — b-girls had scant presence on this program — have gone commercial, but today's freestyle breaking technique builds on moves cut three decades ago (although a grainy Floordlords video indicates that the current generation has discarded stirrup
Hip-hop heaven
By DEBRA CASH  |  July 01, 2011

Remembering filmmaker Karen Aqua

The Boston area has lost one of the most vibrant and creative animators in the region — an artist whose personality and vision merged to inspire and unify animation talent locally and beyond.
In memoriam
By DAVID KLEILER  |  June 10, 2011
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The Boston Cyberarts Fest needs a reboot

It's a quiet morning along the Rose Kennedy Greenway when I meet Mark Skwarek — a shaggy-haired New Yorker in a Spider-Man T-shirt and Puma sneakers — to check out his latest project, Occupation Forces.  
By GREG COOK  |  May 06, 2011
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Catherine Opie and 'The Record' at the ICA

Catherine Opie first became known in the early '90s for blunt lesbian self-portraits and posed photos of the queer community.  
Bearing witness and baring vinyl
By GREG COOK  |  April 29, 2011

Wax Museum

If you don't cringe, at least a little bit and maybe a lot, when you see Sean Duffy's Burn Out Sun (2003) — a sculptural starburst of crisscrossing LPs bearing the immortal Sun Records label — then you probably aren't much of a record fan.
 Cringe worthy
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 15, 2011

Podcast:  Trevor Schoonmaker on The Record at the ICA 4-12-11

Podcast: Trevor Schoonmaker on The Record at the ICA 4-12-11

Trevor Schoonmaker, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, talks about The Record, Contemporary Art and Vinyl, opening at the ICA 4/15.  To learn...
By FNXAdmin  |  April 12, 2011
Inauguration portrait by Catherine Opie

Too much of a good thing in museums and galleries this Spring

This spring brings major exhibits by three of the biggest names in contemporary art.
Big Three plus
By GREG COOK  |  March 18, 2011

Terpsichore's delight: Boston's Spring dance preview

Ballet, international dance, dance filmmakers, popular dance, and more -- there's something for every fan of dance in Boston this Spring.
Springing into dance
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 18, 2011

Boston Conservatory does Graham and Limón; Doug Varone gets literary at the ICA

One thing that distinguishes the early modern dancers from their contemporary descendants is idealism, or the lack of it.
Heroes and civilians
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 25, 2011