After a widely successful inaugural run, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) Watershed will offer special evening hours two nights before the art gallery on the Boston Shipyard and Marina closes for the season on Oct. 8.
According to the ICA’s Margaux Leonard, on Friday Sept. 14, and again on Friday, Sept. 21, the Watershed will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The art gallery on Eastie’s waterfront usually closes at 5 p.m. Leonard added that the water ferry service that has been shuttling members over from the ICA’s South Boston waterfront location will also be available during the extended hours and admission to the Watershed is free for all.
“The Watershed is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and select late nights like the ones on Sept. 14 and Sept. 21,” said Leonard. “We are closed Mondays, but will be open for a special community day on Columbus Day, Monday Oct. 8.”
The Watershed opened to the public on July 4 inside a former copper pipe factory at Boston Shipyard and Marina on Marginal Street
The 15,000-square-foot, raw, industrial space is unlike anything in Boston and has expanded the ICA’s artistic and educational programming on both sides of the Boston Harbor. Award-winning firm Anmahian Winton Architects restored the historic building for new use and create a unique space for immersive artworks engaged with the site. An introductory gallery focuses on the historic shipyard, while a waterside plaza has served as a casual gathering space.
The ICA’s Seaport location and the new Watershed in Eastie has connect the two historically isolated neighborhoods through a ferry services provided by Boston Harbor Cruises.The ferry service has allowed visitors to the both the ICA and Watershed travel six minutes via water between both museums during the summer. The ferry is free to ICA members, included with regular museum admission, and free to visitors ages 17 and under.
The inaugural exhibition for the Watershed is an installation by internationally renowned artist Diana Thater. Thater’s exhibition centers on the San Francisco native’s artwork Delphine. In this monumental work, underwater film and video footage of swimming dolphins spills across the floor, ceiling, and walls, creating an immersive underwater environment. As viewers interact with Delphine, they become performers within the artwork, their own silhouettes moving and spinning alongside the dolphins’.
In addition to Delphine, The Watershed features a recent sculptural video installation, A Runaway World, focused on the lives and worlds of species on the verge of extinction and the illicit economies that threaten their survival. Produced in Kenya in 2016 and 2017, A Runaway World is staged within a unique architectural environment of free-standing screen structures designed by the artist.
The ICA partnered with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Social Centers, Maverick Landing Community Services, Massport and Zumix to develop programming for their communities at both the ICA and the Watershed.