The ICA brings the most significant national and international contemporary art to Boston. The building itself, a visionary weaving together of interior and exterior space, is a huge draw. Take in the art then take a stroll along the revitalized waterfront.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for seventy years, offering new ways of engaging with the world around us through visual interaction and artistic dialogue. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and contemporary ideas.
The ICA's state-of-the-art facility on Boston's beautiful waterfront boasts 17,000 square feet of exhibition space, a performing arts theater, a media center, bookstore, and café. With its innovative programming and collection of 21st-century art, the new ICA is an influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, and is a major tourist attraction. The ICA’s landmark building, the first building erected in the United States to be designed by award-winning architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, offers spectacular views of Boston's harbor and skyline. Here’s a preview of the artists and their works now on view at the Boston ICA’s permanent collection:
Audio guides are available at the ICA, and pieces with corresponding audio information are marked accordingly. In addition to its impressive permanent collection, the ICA regularly rotates temporary exhibitions through its halls, such as:
Be sure to check the website for accurate information on the exhibitions available during your visit. A trip to the ICA is a multi-sensory experience that will give you a heightened appreciation for the contemporary arts as not just abstract and subjective pieces, but as true social commentary on the present day and the themes that run through our lives, often eluding us.