With the slow arrival of spring to the Northeast, the warmer weather is a great excuse to get outside. This picture is taken at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. The wind was blowing so hard, you could almost lean against it. At the ICA, the outside of the museum is almost as beautiful and entertaining as the inside. With sailboats, ferries, barges, and planes passing by, a few rocks to climb and the architecture to celebrate, it’s fun to just stay outside. And, having fun, of course is half the battle of making museums attractive to children.
I say “almost” because inside, the ICA is currently hosting a Shepard Fairey exhibit. This is Shepard Fairy’s first exhibit in a museum, although his work is in the Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. You may have seen his work with the Obama campaign or on the cover of the Black Eye Peas or Smashing Pumpkins albums. The ICA created a thought provoking and enjoyable display of his pop art that occupies a huge space. The artwork ranges from enormous 20-foot posters to portraits of rock stars. The fun atmosphere and message to question what you are seeing was a huge hit with my kids. Not to mention, that as you drive around Boston, it’s fun to look for his stickers, which are all over the place. This exhibit runs until August 16th.