Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA)

100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210


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Now located in a breathtaking waterfront setting, and among the oldest museums in the United States dedicated solely to contemporary art, ICA has for more than 75 years presented contemporary art in all media—visual arts, performance, film, video, and literature. 

Though founded in 1936, the ICA initiated formation of its permanent collection in 2006. Offering a diverse overview of national and international artworks in a range of media, the collection provides an important resource for contemporary culture in Boston. The collection is particularly strong in art by women, with specific depth in work by Louise Bourgeois, Mona Hatoum, Nan Goldin, Doris Salcedo, and Cindy Sherman.

A seasonal satellite space called the ICA Watershed opened in 2018. Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transformed a 15,000-square-foot,  formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset. Each summer, the ICA will invite one artist to create a site-specific work or installation.

Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.

Exhibitions & Dates

  • Barbara Kruger

    Nov 5 2022 - Jan 21 2024

    Work that speaks to contemporary social and political dynamics

  • To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood

    Oct 6 2022 - Feb 26 2023

    Notions of childhood by thirty artists working from the early 20th century to today

  • Rose B. Simpson: Legacies

    Aug 11 2022 - Jan 29 2023

    Ceramic sculpture connects tradition and knowledge with Simpson's own place in the world

  • Jordan Nassar

    Aug 11 2022 - Jan 29 2023

    Intricate embroidered and mixed media works

  • Simone Leigh

    Mar 29 2023 - Sep 4 2023

    Surveys twenty years of production in ceramic, bronze, video, and installation