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A public conversation probes art deeply

Thought experiment
The Peninsula School is a weekly art discussion forum open to the public launched within the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA by graduate sculpture student Rob Doane.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 27, 2013
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Scavenged sculpture and Dead Sea scrolls: 10 heady spring exhibits blooming in New England galleries


In Barry McGee's art, you'll find traces of influences lifted from thrift stores, tramp art, skating, punk, surfing, and Bay Area murals and psychedelia.
By GREG COOK  |  February 28, 2013
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Preview: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion at the ICA


"I had to do something," says choreographer/dancer Kyle Abraham, taking a break from rehearsing his company Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion in a downtown SoHo studio recently.
By VALERIE GLADSTONE  |  November 07, 2012
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Helen Molesworth's moment


The ICA curator prepares for a bold new show — and a new way of thinking about art history.
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2012
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Deep Dive at the ICA

Free Falling
Fine craftsmanship and finesse are nothing new at the Institute of Contemporary Art, though usually they're contained within the Seaport District's monolithic museum.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 31, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Works by Os Gêmeos at the ICA

Through November 25, 2012
The ICA Boston hosts works by Os Gêmeos, on display through November 25, 2012.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  August 08, 2012
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Merce Cunningham at the ICA

American angels  
When Merce Cunningham started his dance company in 1953, he was a major new force in American Art.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  July 27, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: ''Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite'' at the ICA Boston

June 22, 2012–October 14, 2012
The ICA Boston exhibits ''Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite'' through October 14, 2012.
By  |  June 26, 2012
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An avalanche of summer art exhibits

Klondikes to watch out for
While New England winters are often cause to forget certain colors even exist, summer around here is easily the best season for mind expansion.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 08, 2012
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Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring

Photo shops
"I figured," Alex Katz said of his paintings of his wife Ada in 1969, "well, if I get Ada right, if you only get one person right— if you get a woman or a man right — it's universal."
By GREG COOK  |  February 27, 2012
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The ICA's ''Figuring Color''

Body talk
"Flesh was the reason oil paint was invented," Willem de Kooning argued in the 1950s.
By GREG COOK  |  February 23, 2012
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Photos: Figuring Color at the ICA

Through May 20, 2012
"Figuring Color” | 2004 | Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave, Boston | Through May 20, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2012



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Review: The best of the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival

Canadian animations
The Canadians produce the best animation programs and prove it again with this international selection.
By PEG ALOI  |  January 24, 2012
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A strong season of dance and song

Ten to grow on
From the comic to the sublime, with a dash of flamenco, the winter season has it all.
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 29, 2011
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Boston arts institutions flexed their muscles in 2011

Boom town!
The following rundown of the best art exhibits of 2011 shows how greater Boston is now consistently offering some of the richest institutional art exhibition programs in the country.
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2011



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Gallim Dance's Blush

Sex wars
You don't want to take the title of Gallim Dance's Blush too seriously — at least not if you're expecting embarrassment, shame, modesty, confusion, those textbook signifiers of someone who'd like to creep away and hide.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 25, 2011
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'Dance/Draw' at the ICA

Line dancing
When the Institute of Contemporary Art hired Helen Molesworth away from Harvard in 2010, it seemed like the ICA's new chief curator might fill a big gap at the institution: the ability to put together strong theme exhibits.
By GREG COOK  |  October 18, 2011
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Slideshow: ''Dance/Draw'' exhibit at the ICA

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The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts the the "Dance/Draw" exhibit from October 7, 2011 through January 16, 2012.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 18, 2011
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Bodies Moving: Boston’s 10 best fall dance events

A season of terpsichorean delights
Kayaking the Arctic, celebrating life across atolls, and finding the ways the artist's hand and dancer's body intersect, this season of dance offers audiences a varied journey.
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 14, 2011
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Swoon indoors and out

Street cred
Swoon is one of the most celebrated street artists in the US, so why does her wall of bugs and monsters inside the Institute of Contemporary Art feel so meh?
By GREG COOK  |  September 13, 2011
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Autumn blossoms: Our 10 most anticipated art shows this fall

This season, the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, and naked ladies
This fall is a season of celebrations and new beginnings as the Museum of Fine Arts opens its new contemporary art wing, the Institute of Contemporary Art turns 75, the Addison Gallery reopens after fixing its roof, and Brandeis's Rose Art Museum reopens after a mini renovation and settling a lawsuit by backing off from its threat to close for good.
By GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2011
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Photos: Swoon Art Wall at the ICA

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The Institute of Contemporary Art hosts a long-term art wall installation by Swoon, a.ka. Caledonia Curry.
By JOEL VEAK  |  September 01, 2011

Swoon takes her street art to the ICA 'Wall'

Going inside
Part punk-rock activist, part classically trained artist, Swoon, a/k/a Caledonia Curry, has sailed the Mississippi with a merry gang on homemade rafts and created earthquake-resistant structures for Haiti.
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  September 01, 2011
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Developing dances at the ICA

Summer summary
Summer Stages Dance wrapped its 14th season Saturday afternoon at the Institute of Contemporary Art with a presentation by four choreographers who've been working with the students at Concord Academy through July.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  August 02, 2011
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Slideshow: ''Eva Hesse Studiowork'' at the ICA; Tory Fair's ''Testing a World View (Again)'' at the deCordova

"Eva Hesse Studiowork" through October 10, 2011 | ''Testing a World View (Again)'' through April 29, 2012
This slideshow accompanies Greg Cook's  review  of "Eva Hesse Studiowork" at the ICA through October 10, 2011, and Tory Fair's “Testing a World View (Again)" at the deCordova Sculpture Park through April 29, 2012.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 26, 2011
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Eva Hesse at the ICA and Tory Fair at the deCordova

Women's work
Hesse's ability to imbue her art with body and blood and gravity anticipated the kinder, gentler minimalism of today's Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, and Roni Horn, as well as the fleshy fairy-tale figures of Kiki Smith. Boston sculptor Tory Fair has descended from Smith's family tree, with glossy resin or lumpy rubber casts of her own nude body uncannily sprouting vines and flowers.
By GREG COOK  |  July 26, 2011
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The ICA urges examination of disaster

State of catastrophe
Disasters are innately mysterious. They are never pleasant, but nonetheless almost always compelling.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 19, 2011

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