Good afternoon wonderful Internet friends! Praying you have a wonderful day full of beauty. Speaking of beauty, if you’ve been reading my posts for a while now you might have noticed I actively seek and adore beautiful things. One of my goals for this year actually is to seek beauty in the everyday. In December, I had to chance to visit The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (ICA) which was such a dream. My family took me there on a rainy December day to celebrate my birthday actually. I’m a lover of contemporary art so I had wanted to visit for a while but the museum bypassed my expectations by a LOT. I had never visited a museum solely dedicated to contemporary artists and it felt like a playground to me. Not only do they have a wonderful permanent collection but they were also featuring an exhibition of work from Black Mountain College.
Black Mountain College was a small arts college in North Carolina. It was open 1933-1957 and helped spark many amazing artists careers. Painters, sculptors, dancers, poets, architects, and all other creative types lived and studied at the school. They formed a utopian society of sorts and even grew their own food. So many incredible artists studied or taught at Black Mountain. If you’ve ever studied modern dance then Merce Cunningham might sound familiar to you. He started his famous dance company at the school actually. (If anyone has seen “The Longest Ride,” a Nicholas Spark’s movie, Black Mountain College is central to the story line. I’m also pretty sure the ICA is displaying a piece of art that was actually in the movie. Fun facts.) They will have this exhibit until the 24th of January so if you’re in the area definitely visit soon! If you go for a visit let me know what you see and who your favorite artist is! 🙂
Even if you don’t see this exhibit the museum is still a worthwhile visit anytime. Their permanent collection is fabulous. They have sculptures, paintings, photography, and videos. These range from serious to playful. The ICA is also in a great part of Boston, right on the bay with plenty to explore. So go! See! Art is such a beautiful addition to the world and an inspiration to us all. Even if you can’t make it to Boston anytime soon, I would encourage you to visit the museums in your area. Let me know what you see!