Since I always do things in a prompt manner, yesterday I made my first visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art since they moved from the Back Bay to their new building on the waterfront (which just happened in – OHMYGOD – 2006). Getting there was not easy as the ceaseless construction of new high-rise buildings in the Seaport District put up many barriers. But at last I arrived at the notably spiffy ICA building, cantilevered to overlook Boston Harbor.
Despite the large building, the galleries are a small portion of the building largely on the fourth floor. This means that while I saw pretty much every piece of art on display, it’s probably worth returning for events, performances, films, and new exhibitions.
What I saw:
- Walid Raad – two exhibits. Walkthrough, I couldn’t really get into but The Atlas Group was a fascinating examination of found images of the Lebanese civil wars presented as a fictional archival collection.
- Diane Simpson – sculptures based on clothing, reminiscent of Claes Oldenburg’s sculptures of ordinary objects.
- The Birthday Party – an immersive installation by three Iranian artists.
- ICA Collection: Transcending Material – my favorite pieces were in the permanent collection, some photos below.
I probably spent the longest amount of time in the Poss Family Mediatheque looking at the harbor and watching the 30-minutes of chain reactions in “The Way Things Go” by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, a lesson in physics, chemistry, and film-making.