Endless Summer: First Friday at the ICA

As we swelter away in the hot, simmering indian summer of the past week the only cool place left in the city was probably the deck at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.   So it was more than a little lucky that a few weeks ago I decided I absolutely had to go to First Friday this month and got a ticket.

The breeze was cooling and the oysters and sangria were good as guests gathered on the deck to watch the sunset and relax to the bluegrass sound of The Lonely Heart String Band after a long hot week at work and, for some, a first week back at school.

People watching was at an all time high and there was lots of ambiance and excitement as the mixed crowd mingled and enjoyed the various pop up food stands, photo booth, mini lounge, some old school sounds by DJ Knife, and of course visited the exhibits.

Maybe because I expect now, but there is always something that impresses me when I visit the ICA.  This visit I was particularly entranced by Ragnar Kjartansson’s “The Visitors” a multi-panel performance and video installation featuring musicians playing in concert with one another in separate tableau settings at Rokeby Farm in the Hudson Valley.   Walking from panel to panel, and both seeing and hearing each musician play separately but then also hearing them play together in the gallery, It made me think of interconnection and was like watching the mind at work.  The images were beautiful and haunting, with warm buttery light and set in slightly degenerate rooms which added a strange warmth and familiarity to the eerily mesmerizing music.

Even if it’s not for First Friday, I feel like I’m always going back to the ICA and actually, I have written a few things about other happenings at the museum.   Needless to say First Friday’s are always fun and a unique opportunity to explore what in my opinion, is one of the best the museum in Boston.