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Figuring Color, the museum's newest exhibit, explores the connection between color and body in approximately 65 works from four artists. The exhibit begins with a consideration of surface, with Kathy Butterly's brilliantly glazed sculptures employing flesh-tone peaches, pinks, and browns to explore the concept of surface as skin. After seeing Blood by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, a large-scale sculpture that resembles a crimson beaded curtain, visitors encounter the paintings of Sue Williams, which play with line, shape, and color to investigate the idea of insides. In a room dedicated to memory rests Gonzalez-Torres's sculpture Untitled Loverboys, a portrait of his deceased partner and himself comprised of 355 pounds of unwrapped candythe combined weight of the two men. Guests may take a piece of the candy with them, metaphorically taking a piece of the memory itself, before entering a final room that explores joy in an explosion of color and exuberant lines contributed by all four artists.
Overlooking Boston Harbor, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston's stark glass facade houses a permanent collection of contemporary art as well as a rotating selection of shows, installations, and performances. Visitors meander through galleries lined with works of various mediapermanent and temporary exhibits have included works by abstract painter Charlene von Heyl, an installation by the street artist Swoon, and Air, an exhibit that flows through the lungs of every museum-goer. Promoting dance, theater, and musical arts, the museum's calendar of performances gives patrons a chance to kick back and relax as artworks unfold before their eyes. Various interactive programs, such as the family art-making workshop, keep members in tune with their own creative drives by encouraging artistic exploration.
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