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The Inspiring Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston

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In 2006, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (also known as the ICA) established a central site in the Seaport District, on the border of the bay. The modern structure was built by Diller Scofidio + Renfro to resemble the surrounding commercial cranes that offload cargo ships. Despite the architects' rave reviews, Bostonians are divided as to whether the structure is a piece of art or a nuisance given its prime location along Fan Pier. The museum has a striking portfolio of modern art as well as a long-standing commitment to providing excellent programs to the Boston population.

The ICA's collection is highlighted by notable works by women from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, namely Louise Bourgeois, Doris Salcedo, and Eva Hesse, which were gifted by benefactor and activist Barbara Lee. Lee has donated 68 notable pieces by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Doris Salcedo, and Eva Hesse, all which she herself gathered over the course of three decades.

Important creative shows, surveys of notable modern artists, and new projects are all part of the ICA's art and design program. It also features creators in their first single museum exhibitions. The most interesting development in recent years for this museum is the opening of ICA Watershed, a temporary 15,000-square-foot structure from across water in East Boston that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
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Experience the Passion at ICA in Boston MA

The ICA turned a once-demolished factory into a free heritage site where visitors may see and encounter large-scale art. The 10-minute boat ride from the ICA to Dockyard, which is included in the price of entry but requires previous bookings, is well worth it, even if just for the breathtaking views. The ICA attracts visitors who are interested in visual art and would like to be stimulated more by museum's displays and collections. One will be walking down the waterfront from the city center to the museum with a lively mix of undergrads, devoted Boston natives, and art-lovers from around the world. The number of free tour guides is limited— but they're good enough to warrant scheduling a visit around. Learning the ethos and meaning behind these items, especially abstract art, enhances enjoyment.

The gift shop of the ICA is by far the most enticing in town. The museum's knack for curating is channeled into a superb collection of stationery, handcrafted ceramics from Japan, jewelry from talented craftsmen, and modern prints, all shown along with art and travel literature, a half-floor just below the ticketing desk. You'll want to come here for a faultless gift the next time it's your or someone else's anniversary.

Hop across the water to find even more amazing wonders at the New England Aquarium near downtown.

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