To Do Today: Brilliant Trash at the ICA Watershed
A walk-through installation of modern art pieces that recycle industrial and everyday materials
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) Watershed walk-through exhibition of modern art pieces with a focus on recycling materials to build large-scale installations.
Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm, through September 5.
The ICA Watershed is in a warehouse at the Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, 256 Marginal St., East Boston, and is easily accessible by MBTA. Just take the Green Line to Government Center and switch to the Blue Line, get off at Maverick and walk about 12 minutes from there. There is also water shuttle service between the ICA, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, and the Watershed, free with ICA admission.
The water shuttle requires a timed ticket (free for members), and advance reservations are strongly recommended. Select “Water Shuttle + General Admission ticket” when you check out to reserve your spot on the boat.
Why should I go?
Since 2018, the ICA has held its seasonal Watershed exhibition in East Boston, starting in the spring and lasting through the fall. Hosted in a formerly condemned warehouse overlooking Boston Harbor, the setting provides an unusual but atmospheric setting for the artwork inside that is unlike anything else in Boston.
This year’s exhibition is Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms, featuring six artists’ large-scale installations, with a focus on reclaiming and reusing everyday materials through a form of artistic recycling. Artworks include sculptures made with bottle caps, towering pieces formed out of used clothes and crates, and an installation of used car headlights and taillights. It’s all unique and new material for the ICA, and adds something fresh for those who have already visited the museum and seen the permanent exhibitions.
The six artists come from around the world: Ghanaians El Anatsui and Ibrahim Mahama, Trinidadian American Karyn Olivier, Jamaican Ebony G. Patterson, and Americans Madeline Hollander and Joe Wardwell (CFA’99). And the free round-trip ferry ride with its views of Boston Harbor is pretty sweet, too.