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Tonight’s the time to visit Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art


You’ve always meant to go. You keep hearing about it. Your friends have all been. So with summer getting into swing, check out Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.

And get this: tonight, and every Thursday night, it’s free.

Founded in 1936 and reopened in 2004 at its current home on the Boston waterfront’s Fan Pier, the ICA specializes in — you guessed it — contemporary media: film, video, performance, literature, all manner of visual arts.

Current must-see exhibitions include Supply and Demand, a display of works by Shepard Fairey, the much-arrested street artist responsible for the iconic Obey logo, the ubiquitous Andre the Giant, and his most famous work, Barack Obama’s Hope campaign poster.

Also worth exploring is Acting Out, five videos that capture people in impromptu actions. In one video, blind people are touching and describing a live elephant; in another, townspeople in Scotland participate in a televised laughing competition; in a third, Croatian children are rehearsing an American song.

The institute also hosts numerous one-time events. Coming up next is a free listening party preview of Sonic Youth’s new album, The Eternal, this Friday, May 29, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The ICA is at 100 Northern Ave., right off the Silver Line waterfront bus, at either the World Trade Center or Courthouse station. General admission is $15; students get in for $10. But remember, tonight (and every Thursday night) is free, so there’s no monetary reason to skip out on a revolutionary art experience this summer.

For more information, including directions and exhibition hours, call 617-478-3100, or visit the ICA Web site.

Devon Maloney can be reached at devon.maloney@gmail.com.


3 Comments on Free Art on the Waterfront

  • Bill on 05.28.2009 at 12:48 am

    "...right off the Silver Line waterfront train..."

    Fact checking is good. The Silver Line is a bus. Hence the nickname “The Silver Lie”.

  • Anonymous on 05.29.2009 at 10:22 am

    Re: Fact check

    What is “The Silver Lie”?

  • Jair on 06.01.2009 at 6:58 pm

    Free for BU students?

    Is not the admission free for BU students anytime? At least it was so last summer.

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