Museum Openings: Institute of Contemporary Art of Boston The ICA Boston is actually more of a cultural institution than a museum, with exhibits, performances, films, and talks. James Paxton
The new Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (ICA) finally opened in December 2006.
On the South Boston waterfront, within walking distance of the Financial District, the ICA reads more like a sculptural object than a museum. It reminds one of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain. Not that the architecture of Elizabeth Diller and Richard Scofidio has any similarity to Frank Gehry's, but the glass and steel building, offering superb views of the Boston harbor, is also an urban anchor in an up-and-coming neighborhood. The ICA will soon be flanked by a hotel, residential towers, and an office building.
The first art museum to be built in Boston in nearly 100 years, the ICA is actually more a cultural institution than a museum, with exhibits, performances, films, and talks. The exhibit program is exceptional and it’s worth traveling to Boston to see it. The permanent collection of national and international art works is young, as the ICA started collecting only in 2000.
You will, however, discover works by:
Laylah Ali Kai Althoff Paul Chan Taylor Davis Philip-Lorca diCorcia Rineke Dijkstra Marlene Dumas Nan Goldin Mona Hatoum Thomas Hirschhorn Christian Jankowski Josiah McElheny Lucy McKenzie Boris Mikhailov Julian Opie Cornelia Parker