Where to see art in Boston
Institute of Contemporary Art
There’s no doubting the ICA building is a work of art in itself: the eye-catching cantilevered, modernist structure sits adjacent to the Boston Harbor. (Across the water in East Boston, the ICA Watershed is a seasonal satellite gallery, open spring through summer.) The main building’s dynamic interior has window walls looking onto the water, creating a brilliant light and contrasting natural backdrop for the exhibits by new and the greatest modern artists, working in traditional, alternative, and new mediums, such as digital and video. Barriers between artistic disciplines are broken down in exhibits that merge visual art with other forms, including, say, sound or choreography. Also, social and gender barriers are eclipsed: the ICA’s permanent collection includes philanthropist Barbara Lee’s collection of 20th and 21st-century art by major female artists.
Harvard Art Museums
There are three buildings that form the Harvard Art Museums, and each houses a different collection: The Fogg Museum is the oldest of the three and opened to the public in 1896, but was rebuilt circa 1925 in a Federal Revival style. It is also the largest, and houses Western art from the Middle Ages to contemporary works; the Busch-Reisinger Museum was founded in 1901 and is the only such museum in North America to focus solely on works from Germany and Northern Europe. It includes around 30,000 objects related to the Bauhaus; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, which opened in 1985, displaying Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and a significant collection of Asian art. All three buildings are united by a glass roof, which allows visitors to wander the total collection of some 250,000 pieces, ranging from Neolithic to 21st century pieces.
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