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Five artists address intimacy at MECA’s ICA

The largely performance-based offerings in "Mind-bending with the Mundane" inspect the confusing grayscale of modern relationships and family structures, addressing what contemporary domesticity looks like in a society of convenience and prerogative with
Taking vows
By ANNIE LARMON  |  September 24, 2010

Phantoms and fantasy

Poetry and dance have some common traits.
Anne Carson and Rashaun Mitchell at the ICA; Cirque du Soleil's Ovo; David Parker in Concord
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 30, 2010
Xavier Leroy at the ICA

Xavier Leroy at the ICA

French performer Xavier Leroy studied biochemistry in Montpellier, and perhaps that’s why his style has been described as morphing between human and machine. He’s bringing two pieces...
By webteam  |  March 31, 2010
High Wattage

High Wattage

In boom, the Earth's imminent destruction is a foregone conclusion - which sounds pretty bleak. But in Disinformation, an acclaimed show coming to the ICA...
By Scott Kearnan  |  February 08, 2010
Waiting for Godot at the ICA

Waiting for Godot at the ICA

Part of art’s power is its openness not only to interpretation, but to reinterpretation. Try to find a more incisive, relevant example than Samuel Beckett’s...
By Scott Kearnan  |  September 21, 2009

Photos: Dan Deacon at the ICA

Super Secret Summer Surprise with Dan Deacon at the ICA
Dan Deacon, live at the Institute for Contemporary Art on June 12, 2009

Recycled Stories

Recycled Stories

  We’ll never know, alas, what Rhode Island–born Spalding Gray would have made of his being pl...
By webteam  |  February 18, 2009


A January stroll along the Boston waterfront will be appealing only to nerve-numbed drunks, well-bl...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 06, 2009


The four pieces on the program that Philadanco brought for its Boston debut last weekend at the Institute for Contemporary Art were all-dance numbers showcasing a troupe of highly polished, supercharged dancers.  
Philadanco at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  November 18, 2008

In context

Moneo’s Chace Center is a place where art will live — in conception, execution, and display.
Why — and how — the chace center works
By PETER KADZIS  |  September 25, 2008

Soft power

It's neither a set piece of choreography nor an improvised free-for-all.
Sara Rudner at Concord Academy and the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  July 29, 2008

Anish Kapoor: "Past, Present, Future”

Anish Kapoor: "Past, Present, Future”

FRIDAY, MAY 30 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7If Frank Gehry were to design the world’s greatest modernist funhouse, he would definitely enlist Anish Kapoor to create...
By webteam  |  May 19, 2008
Luxury for Export at the Gardner, Street Level at the ICA, and Elections and Erections at the Club at Zero Arrow Theatre

Luxury for Export at the Gardner, Street Level at the ICA, and Elections and Erections at the Club at Zero Arrow Theatre

THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 4By our definition, “luxury goods” are the items we’ve splurged on at Barneys — but it wasn’t quite so for the citizens...
By Heather Bouzan  |  March 25, 2008

Hard stories

Bill T. Jones has always loved double meanings.
Bill T. Jones at the ICA, Noche Flamenca at the Majestic
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 19, 2008
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Institute for Contemporary Art

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Institute for Contemporary Art

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16Unless we're talking The Nutcracker, it isn't easy to describe an upcoming dance performance without delving into too-technical boringness...
By Heather Bouzan  |  February 06, 2008


The notion of confining entries to 10 minutes seems arbitrary — why not four choreographers doing 20-minute dances?
'Ten's the Limit' at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 22, 2008


Gods and monsters — and David Hasselhoff

The Museum of Fine Arts did big things with Napoleon and Edward Hopper, pictures of prostitutes graced the walls of Boston’s two biggest art museums, and all hell broke loose when the Mooninites invaded.
Art: 2007 in review
By GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2007

Not through yet

Paul Taylor brags that he’s violated just about every taboo in American culture over his 50-plus years of creative work and he’s not through yet.
Paul Taylor at the Shubert, plus Morgan Thorson’s Faker
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 05, 2007

Flow chart

The sea air was cold and damp and foggy as we rode to Georges Island.
The ICA's 'Art on the Harbor Islands'
By GREG COOK  |  August 01, 2007


Two of Boston’s major dance series wound up their 2006–2007 season last week with low-calorie desserts.
Mark Morris at the ICA, Latin Jazz at the Shubert
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 22, 2007

Happy feet

The architectural team of Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the new Institute for Contemporary Art as a 325-seat jewel box, its transparent walls allowing the Boston harbor and skyline to serve as a scenic bac
From butoh to Swan Lake and back
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 13, 2006