Boston gets new contemporary art museum

Dec. 21, 2004 at 1:39 PM
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BOSTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Boston is getting its first new museum in more than 100 years with the construction of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Fan Pier in downtown Boston.

"The city of Boston will be physically and culturally transformed by ICA at Fan Pier," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. "Boston has long been the cultural capital of New England, and inspiring projects such as the ICA symbolizes the new Boston of the 21st century."

The architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro have designed a 65,000 square foot museum cantilevered to include the city's public harbor walk. It will include flexible galleries that will triple the ICA's current exhibition space, a 325-seat performing arts theater with glass walls that face the Boston Harbor, and high-tech education and digital media facilities.

The museum is the first building to go under construction at Fan Pier, a multi-use facility. ICA has increased its original annual attendance figure of 17,000 at its Boylston Street galleries to more than 40,000 this year, and it is currently embarked on a $62 million capital fund-raising campaign, 55 percent of which has been raised.

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