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A public conversation probes art deeply

The Peninsula School is a weekly art discussion forum open to the public launched within the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA by graduate sculpture student Rob Doane.
Thought experiment
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 01, 2013
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Scavenged sculpture and Dead Sea scrolls: 10 heady spring exhibits blooming in New England galleries

In Barry McGee's art, you'll find traces of influences lifted from thrift stores, tramp art, skating, punk, surfing, and Bay Area murals and psychedelia.

By GREG COOK  |  March 01, 2013
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Preview: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion at the ICA

"I had to do something," says choreographer/dancer Kyle Abraham, taking a break from rehearsing his company Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion in a downtown SoHo studio recently.

By VALERIE GLADSTONE  |  November 09, 2012
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Helen Molesworth's moment

The ICA curator prepares for a bold new show — and a new way of thinking about art history.

By GREG COOK  |  November 09, 2012
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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
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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


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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
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SLIDESHOW: ''Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite'' at the ICA Boston

The ICA Boston exhibits ''Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite'' through October 14, 2012.
June 22, 2012–October 14, 2012
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An avalanche of summer art exhibits

While New England winters are often cause to forget certain colors even exist, summer around here is easily the best season for mind expansion.
Klondikes to watch out for
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 08, 2012
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Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring

"I figured," Alex Katz said of his paintings of his wife Ada in 1969, "well, if I get Ada right, if you only get one person right— if you get a woman or a man right — it's universal."
Photo shops
By GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2012
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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


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Photos: Figuring Color at the ICA

"Figuring Color” | 2004 | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | Through May 20, 2012
Through May 20, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 24, 2012

See this film retrospective: Films Of Isaac Julien @ the ICA


Looking for Langston (1989) Before there was Steve McQueen, director of Shame, there was another British Turner Prize-winning artist making provocative, innovative, non-compromising films. Isaac...
By Peter Keough  |  January 28, 2012
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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.
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By PEG ALOI  |  January 27, 2012
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A strong season of dance and song

From the comic to the sublime, with a dash of flamenco, the winter season has it all.
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By DEBRA CASH  |  December 30, 2011
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Boston arts institutions flexed their muscles in 2011

The following rundown of the best art exhibits of 2011 shows how greater Boston is now consistently offering some of the richest institutional art exhibition programs in the country.
Boom town!
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2011


See this film program: Award Winning British Commercials 2010 @ the ICA


The ICA follows up last week's "The Art and Technique of the American Commercial" with "Award-Winning British Commercials 2010". If you've occasionally been amused by...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  December 03, 2011
See this film program: The Art And Technique of the American Commercial @ the ICA

See this film program: The Art And Technique of the American Commercial @ the ICA


Sometimes it seems like the only thing worth watching on TV these days are the ads. Here's a chance to watch a bunch of the...
By Peter Keough  |  November 30, 2011
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Gallim Dance's Blush

You don't want to take the title of Gallim Dance's Blush too seriously — at least not if you're expecting embarrassment, shame, modesty, confusion, those textbook signifiers of someone who'd like to creep away and hide.
Sex wars
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 28, 2011
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'Dance/Draw' at the ICA

When the Institute of Contemporary Art hired Helen Molesworth away from Harvard in 2010, it seemed like the ICA's new chief curator might fill a big gap at the institution: the ability to put together strong theme exhibits.
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By GREG COOK  |  October 21, 2011
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Slideshow: ''Dance/Draw'' exhibit at the ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts the the "Dance/Draw" exhibit from October 7, 2011 through January 16, 2012.
The Institute of Contemporary Art | Through January 16, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 21, 2011


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Bodies Moving: Boston’s 10 best fall dance events

Kayaking the Arctic, celebrating life across atolls, and finding the ways the artist's hand and dancer's body intersect, this season of dance offers audiences a varied journey.
A season of terpsichorean delights
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 16, 2011
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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
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Autumn blossoms: Our 10 most anticipated art shows this fall

This fall is a season of celebrations and new beginnings as the Museum of Fine Arts opens its new contemporary art wing, the Institute of Contemporary Art turns 75, the Addison Gallery reopens after fixing its roof, and Brandeis's Rose Art Museum re
This season, the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, and naked ladies
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2011
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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.
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By JOEL VEAK  |  September 02, 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.
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By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  September 02, 2011


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Developing dances at the ICA

Summer Stages Dance wrapped its 14th season Saturday afternoon at the Institute of Contemporary Art with a presentation by four choreographers who've been working with the students at Concord Academy through July.
Summer summary
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 05, 2011
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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
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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
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The ICA urges examination of disaster

Disasters are innately mysterious. They are never pleasant, but nonetheless almost always compelling.
State of catastrophe
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 22, 2011