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Ask Me - Works of Art by ICA Visitor Assitants, Oct 27 - Nov 11

Ask Me - Works by ICA Visitor Assitants
Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2012

Ask Me - Works by ICA Visitor AssistantsThe Institute of Contemporary Art visitor assistants (also known as gallery guards) have longed (for years) to curate their own exhibition. 

After all, the work of 'guarding' ICA exhibits demands the likes of artists who can also hold intelligent conversations with ICA visitors.

While there are some exceptions, many of the VAs are recent graduates of BFA or MFA programs and leave the visitor service position after less than a year.  The high turnover rate makes it more difficult to put together an exhibit. 

Now fully defined and organized, the show will feature works by approximately 30 ICA VA's at The Howard Art Project, 1486 Dot Ave, Oct 27-Nov 11, 2012.

The opening reception on Oct 27, 6-9 PM is an especially good time to plan to support these budding and dedicated artists. 

October 27th through November 11th
Opening Reception Saturday, October 27th 6-9pm
Open Sat & Sun 12-4pm or by appointment

History of the Art Exhibition

Literally for years, the visitor assistants at the ICA have talked about having their own show and for years, the idea has remained just that.  This Spring (2012), the idea seemed to gain enthusiasm and momentum but some of the curators knew they would be unable to work on the show until late summer / early fall.

Anthony Montouri reminded Jordan Lloyd about their idea.  The third player in the group of organizers, Chris Ford, along with Anthony were artists in residence at The Howard Art Project which kindly offered them the exhibition space. 

A word about the Howard Art Project. Their aim is to contribute a unique point of view to the Boston arts community and to serve as a meeting place for creative individuals. It houses individual and group studios, as well as two galleries, a video room, a performance/flexible use space with a stage, and a recording booth. It was founded by local artists some of whom attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Most recently, the Howard Art Project participated in the Dorchester Arts Collaborative Open Studios.

The exhibit beginning Oct 27 is entitled "Ask Me - Works by ICA Visitor Assistants" and will consist of at least one piece of art from 29 ICA visitor assistants.

The curators and the artist participants are very excited about the exhibition as it provides an offsite venue to explore a museum like format of the sort they protect in their daily work at the ICA but this time with the art belonging fully to them. 

Types of artwork for this show include video, video games, sculture, painting and poetry.

Opening Reception:  Sat Oct 27, 6-9PM.  Refreshments will be served and the event is F R E E!!

For more information, contact Jordan Lloyd:  weechlloyd@gmail.com

Posted: October 22, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

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