The ICA’s new soloist is Shepard Fairey, who did the famous Obama “Hope” print.I was lucky to take some photos of Fairey’s posters in Harvard Square a couple months ago. At the time, I had no idea it was Shepard Fairey, because they were like propaganda-style posters plastered on a cork construction wall, and thought it was some local artist. (More pictures here)
Despite a poor financial state, the ICA has had a lot of great “timely” soloists this past year- Kapoor, Donavan… The biggest problem about the ICA is not its somewhat remote location (hey, think of Mass Moca!) but that it doesn’t offer much for your money. The actual gallery space is very small, despite the fact that the museum is an independent building. The theater takes up two floors and should be utilized more, but unless it comes up with some more design space, people aren’t going to go there to spend 30 minutes.
If some serious interior re-design is impossible, may I suggest that the cafe be upgraded? The Neue Gallerie, for instance, is a popular destination because of its famous Cafe Sabarsky.