October 31, 2016 - The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston - Upcoming 2016–17 exhibitions
October 31, 2016

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Rosemarie Trockel, Living Means Not Good Enough, 2002. Chromogenic color print, books, and a magazine, approximately 76 3/4 x 46 2/3 x 7 7/8 inches. Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers. © 2016 Rosemarie Trockel, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 resp. ARS.

Upcoming 2016–17 exhibitions

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
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The Artist’s Museum
November 16, 2016–March 26, 2017

The Artist’s Museum begins with the impulse to collect and connect, bringing together large-scale installations, photography, film, and videos that employ artworks from the past as material in the present, animating existing artworks, images, and histories to reveal unexpected relationships and affinities. The included works engage a variety of disciplines and subjects, from dance, music, and design to gender, sexuality, and technology. The Artist’s Museum features works by Rosa Barba, Carol Bove, Anna Craycroft, Rachel Harrison, Louise Lawler, Mark Leckey, Pierre Leguillon, Goshka Macuga, Christian Marclay, Xaviera Simmons, Rosemarie Trockel, and Sara VanDerBeek.

Gillian Wearing: Rock ‘n’ Roll 70
December 9, 2016–January 1, 2018

Best known for her photographic and video works that intimately capture aspects of our familial and personal histories, Gillian Wearing continues to explore the nuances of identity, the intersections of public and private, and the performativity of self. Wearing’s monumental photographic installation Rock ‘n’ Roll 70 (2015/2016) is a site-specific commission for the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall and the first presentation in Boston of the celebrated artist’s work. Wearing asked individuals working with age-progressing technology to digitally enhance portraits of the artist to see what she might look like at age 70 and then printed them as wallpaper. They differ slightly or immensely from one another, revealing the limitations of pioneering technology and how identity can be pictured. Wearing explores the complexities of identity as mediated through technology.

2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition
February 15–July 9, 2017

The James and Audrey Foster Prize is a biennial exhibition key to the ICA’s efforts to support and recognize Boston-area artists and the artistic community. The 2017 exhibition will feature the work of Sonia Almeida, Jennifer Bornstein, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, and Lucy Kim—artists working at a national and international level whose work has received limited exposure in Boston. This iteration features a new program, Foster Talks, enabling audiences to engage more deeply in the work of the Prize winners.

Steve McQueen: Ashes
February 15–July 9, 2017

Ashes is an immersive video installation by the award-winning Steve McQueen. On one side of a freestanding screen is soft, grainy footage originally shot on Super 8 film that shows a young carefree fisherman named Ashes balancing playfully on a fishing boat against a horizon of blue sky and water. The other side shows a second projection, shot in high definition video, which chronicles Ashes’ unexpected fate. The videos conjure an easy vitality and a vivid description of place against the darker forces of society and fate. This presentation is the U.S. debut of McQueen’s most recent video work.

ICA Collection: New Acquisitions
February 15, 2017–February 25, 2018
New Acquisitions highlights the incredible growth of the ICA’s collection in recent years, showcasing works acquired in the past three years. Organized groupings of works will touch on themes such as the body under capitalism, excess and kitsch, anthropomorphism, and language. New Acquisitions features works by Jimmy DeSana, Mika Rottenberg, and Haegue Yang, among others. This presentation is the U.S. premiere of the McQueen’s critically acclaimed recent video work.


Major support for The Artist’s Museum is provided by Barbara Horwich Lloyd, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Additional support is generously provided by Steve Corkin and Dan Maddalena, Tristin and Martin Mannion, Ellen Poss, Charlotte and Herbert S. Wagner III, Anonymous, FACE Foundation/ Etant Donnés Contemporary Art, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

Support for Gillian Wearing is provided, in part, by Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest.

The 2017 James and Audrey Foster Prize exhibition and prize are generously endowed by James and Audrey Foster. 

Steve McQueen: Ashes is made possible by a gift from Tristin and Martin Mannion.

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