Free Birthday Party at the ICA- Saturday, December 10, 2011

On Saturday, December 10, from 10 am – 5pm, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston will host a free birthday party for the public in culmination of its 75th anniversary celebration!

Free Birthday Party at the ICA
Venue: ICA: Institute of Contemporary Art
Location: 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA, 02210
The ICA is located at 100 Northern Avenue on Boston’s waterfront, a short walk from downtown and easily accessible by public transportation.
We are also just two blocks from the I-93 and Mass Turnpike off-ramps.
Phone: (617) 478-3100
Dates: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Hours: 10AM--5PM
Ages: Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor: Indoor
Cost: Free

Along with celebrating 75 years as an institution, the ICA will also be celebrating its 5th year on the Boston waterfront.

Jam packed with fun, the day includes a variety of programs and events such as a DJ school, performances by Boston Tap, AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra and Zumix, art-making activities, animated family films and, of course, birthday cake!

There is also free access to the museum’s fourth floor galleries featuring Dance/Draw, Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves, Jessica Jackson Hutchins as well as Swoon’s Anthropocene Extinction on the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is proud to be the Celebration Sponsor of the ICA’s 75th Anniversary.

ICA Birthday Party Schedule:

Art-making with Artist Evelyn Rydz & ICA Teen Arts Council
10 am – 4 pm, Bank of America Art Lab
Join Boston-based artist Evelyn Rydz along with ICA Teen Arts Council members and help create an installation responding to Swoon’s stunning installation, Anthropocene Extinction. Note: children must be accompanied by adults.

Drop-in DJ School
10 am – 1 pm, and 2 – 4 pm, Phyllis Fireman Family Digital Studio (2nd floor)
A fun drop-in class, DJ coaches will guide you in basic DJ skills such as beat matching, cutting, blending, mixing, and scratching. (For ages 12—adult)

Animated Family Films
10:30 am, Barbara Lee Foundation Theater (3rd floor)
Karen Aqua, Andaluz 2004, Joel Frenzer, The Beat-Box Bastard, 2007, Gina Kamentsky, A Little Pet Story, 2004, Luke Jaeger, When Me Body Lay Down in the Grave, 2006; Steve Gentile My Girlfriend Sleeps Like Superman, 2004, Michael Langan, Heliotropes 2010, Kurt Snyder Where Do Babies Come From,2010, Orrin and Jerry Zucker Naked Swim, 2000.

Music from Zumix
12:00 – 12:45 pm, Barbara Lee Foundation Theater (3rd floor)
Zumix’s Rock/pop ensemble “Divercity Band,” takes the stage for a high-energy show sure to get you moving. Zumix is an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing top-quality arts experiences for low-income, under-served youth.

AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra
2 – 2:45 pm, Barbara Lee Foundation Theater (3rd floor)
AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra is an 11 member group directed by Obuamah Laud Addy, an award winning West African Ghanaian musician and composer. Featuring original compositions, ACCO brings together polyrhythmic beats from African roots music with the melodic qualities found on the steel pans and the Irish pennywhistle, along with the trumpet, saxophone, bass, guitar, flute, accordion, percussion, and vocals.

Boston Tap Company
4 - 4:45 pm, Barbara Lee Foundation Theater (3rd floor)
Boston Tap Company is led by Sean Fielder, who has performed with Missy Elliot and participated in the national tour of “Noise Funk.” The Boston Tap Company, who will be performing “Moments in Time,” at the ICA, believes 'The Only Way To Be Different Is To Be Yourself.'

Floor of the Forest
1, 3 and 4 pm (Dance/Draw exhibition, 4th floor)
Presented as part of Dance/Draw, Trisha Brown’s Floor of the Forest—part sculpture, part dance prop, part performance—features a 12 x 14-foot steel pipe frame across which ropes are tied and densely threaded with used clothing. Within the structure two dancers wend and weave, literally dressing and undressing their way through the sculpture. Each 20-minute performance is subject to chance, allowing the individuality of each dancer who performs it to determine their movements, meaning no two performances are ever the same.

Art Chat (4th floor galleries)
Exchange ideas about the art on view with an ICA Tour Guide. Whether you have a quick question or want to go deeper into a work of art, our guides are ready to chat.

And, much more! Hot chocolate and birthday cake will also be served throughout the day. (while supplies last)