Contemporary Art

Contemporary art is a reflection of our culture and values, expressing how we think through the issues of our time. The Foundation’s arts partnerships bring that experience to our community, with particular emphasis on partnerships that make contemporary women artists more visible to the public.

Featured Contemporary Art Partners & Programs

Contemporary Art

Ain’t I a Woman

Ain’t I a Woman traces the history of the Equal Rights Amendment to illustrate how across race, class, and gender, the desire to access white male power has undermined the most obvious piece of social progress since the abolition of slavery.

Contemporary Art

And She Could Be Next

And She Could Be Next​ , a docuseries made by a team of women filmmakers of color, asks whether democracy itself can be preserved—and made stronger—by those most marginalized.

Contemporary Art

Kusama: Cosmic Nature

Across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings, Kusama’s lifelong fascination with the natural world will be revealed in depth with multiple installations, including her signature mirrored environments and organic forms, polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, works on paper, botanical sketches, as well as a spectacular horticultural showcase in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Contemporary Art

Endowment: The Institute of Contemporary Art

Our partnership with the ICA adds a vibrant element to Boston's cultural life. The museum is committed to showcasing women contemporary artists, including recent exhibitions of work by Roni Horn and the late Louise Bourgeois. The 325-seat Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater showcases video and live performances.

Contemporary Art

The Un-heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S. (2018)

In September of 2018, The Shiva Gallery at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice will present, The Un-heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S. This groundbreaking exhibition is a concentrated survey of works by a diverse roster of artists representing three generations including Jenny Holzer, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Senga Nengudi, Yoko Ono, and Kara Walker.

Contemporary Art

We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1865-85 (2018)

In June of 2018 the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston will present, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1865-85 which examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism.