To Do Today: Free Art Exhibition at the ICA Watershed
Take a healing journey through the artwork of Guadalupe Maravilla
Mariposa Relámpago, an intricately decorated, repurposed school bus created by Guadalupe Maravilla, on view in the ICA Watershed. Together with other sculptures and paintings in the exhibition, Mariposa Relámpago is the story of Maravilla’s unaccompanied migration from El Salvador as a minor, and his recovery from colon cancer decades later.
The exhibition is on view Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm through September 4. On Thursdays, the installation is open until 8 pm.
ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St., Boston. Visitors can take the MBTA Blue Line train to Maverick Station, which is a 10-minute walk from the Watershed. There is also an ICA Water Shuttle that takes visitors to and from the Institute of Contemporary Art and the ICA Watershed, which is free with an ICA general admission ticket.
Why should I go?
The ICA Watershed may be only one room, but Guadalupe Maravilla’s presentation takes visitors through many different countries, sounds, and realms. Mariposa Relámpago, Maravilla’s pièce de résistance, is covered in intricate objects that hold deep significance to him. On the walls surrounding the bus, paintings and sculptures with a powerful, magical quality depict Maravilla’s journey alone from El Salvador to the United States at the age of eight.
As visitors explore the exhibition, another central aspect of the presentation surrounds them: sound. This references ancient sound healing practices Maravilla was introduced to when he had cancer. As part of the exhibit, Maravilla will hold free sound baths— meditation sessions involving soundwave immersion—on June 10 and August 13.
The ICA is also holding public programs such as block parties and artmaking at the Watershed during its summer season. These events continue the ICA Watershed’s five-year history of annual art installations and community engagement.