There’s something for everyone this vacation week at the ICA: three celebrated exhibitions, a bunch of fun, creative + FREE activities, wintry waterfront views, and many more reasons to spend the holidays with us!

Artsy Activities for all

Explore the galleries, collage a miniature gallery to add to our installation or take away with you, and sketch with a view this December vacation at the ICA. Meet local artist Susannah Lawrence and then enjoy her installation ICA GIANTS!


10 years of collecting. 5 curators. Over 100 works. First Light brings together new acquisitions and permanent-collection favorites in a series of interrelated and stand-alone exhibitions. Don’t miss the ICA’s most ambitious collection exhibition to date.

The whole show is a treat.

the boston globe

New Exhibitions

The Artist’s Museum
How do artists work with other artists’ work? 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 art’s unexpected relationships and affinities.

The Artist’s Museum feels alive.

The Boston Globe

Gillian Wearing
In a new site-specific comission for the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, Gillian Wearing explores the complexities of identity in a world oversaturated by images. Wearing’s monumental photographic installation Rock ’n’ Roll 70 is the first Boston presentation of the celebrated British artist’s work.

British Best-Of

The best adverts from across the pond are here! Celebrate commercial creativity with our holiday tradition, a screening of the British Arrows Awards. (You know you fancy it.) NOTE: The British Arrows Awards program contains sexual humor, innuendo, and references to violence and trauma. Parental discretion advised. 

Guilt-Free Shopping

Find the perfect present or accessory you never knew you desperately needed at the ICA store (named one of the best museum shops in the world!): we’re talking special products designed in collaboration with ICA exhibited artists, the best selection of art and photography books in New England, and home items intended to improve – and beautify! – your everyday living. Bring the delights of contemporary art home. PLUS all purchases support the exhibitions and programs of the ICA.