Beyond Somerville: A Trip in Time at the ICA

I love having visitors in from out of town because it always makes me feel like playing tourist in my own city. When I found out a friend was coming from New York City recently, I looked at my list of things I’ve been meaning to do and one thing stood out: see the This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

One of my favorite parts about going to the ICA is that it’s a manageable museum. Sure I love the Museum of Fine Arts, but sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try to see so much art in one day. The ICA on the other hand has just a small permanent collection and the rotating exhibits are always incredibly well done without being over done.

ICA 80s

This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s was no different. I’ve been to many art museums all over the world, but I’ve never seen an exhibit completely focused on work from the 1980s. The ’80s were the decade when I first made an appearance on Planet Earth, so it was especially cool to examine a lot of the political, social and cultural things happening at the time now as an adult.

The show is on at the ICA until March 3 and I highly recommend making a trip down to the waterfront to see it. I planned ahead and scored discounted tickets from the library (details here), but if you can’t do that, there are two other ways to get in for less. The ICA is free every Thursday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and it’s also free for families (up to two adults accompanied by children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of every month except December.

While you’re in the neighborhood, consider stopping for a bite to eat or a drink at one of the restaurants and bars I mentioned in my Boston Tea Party Museum post.

Images courtesy of the Institute for Contemporary Art.

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