Institute of Contemporary Art

Institute of Contemporary Art information

Boston , USA
100 Northern Ave
Getting there
Bostont: South Station
Bus: SL1 or SL2
More information
adult/child $15/free
Opening hours
10am-5pm Tue, Wed, Sat & Sun, to 9pm Thu & Fri
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Boston is fast becoming a focal point for contemporary art in the 21st century, with the Institute of Contemporary Arts leading the way. The building is a work of art in itself: a glass structure cantilevered over a waterside plaza. The vast light-filled interior allows for multimedia presentations, educational programs and studio space. More importantly, it allows for the development of the ICA’s permanent collection.

The ICA building is arguably as much of an attraction as the art itself. Opened in 2006, the structure skillfully incorporates its surroundings into the architecture. In the Founders Gallery , which spans the entire width of the building, a glass wall virtually eliminates any barrier between viewer and seascape.

The Mediatheque is the museum's digital media center, where visitors can use the computer stations to learn more about featured art and artists. The terraced room also has a wall of windows at the front, but the room's unique perspective shows only the dancing and rippling of water, with no horizon in sight.

The ICA began in 2000 to develop a permanent collection. More than a decade later, the ICA now has the space to display its collection, which continues to grow. It showcases both national and international artists, including the likes of graffiti-artist Shepard Fairey; video artist Christian Jankowski; photographer Boris Mikhailov; local boy Josiah McElhany; and sculptors Tara Donovan, Mona Hatoum and Cornelia Parker. Look for all manner of art, from paintings to video to multidimensional mixed-media mash-ups.