On Saturday, I met friends for a somewhat delayed annual holiday get-together, this year in Boston's Seaport District (aka Innovation District). We met first at the aptly named Gather in District Hall (aka the epicenter of the Innovation District). The food was quite good as were our cocktails, the young staff friendly, and we savored the bright sunshine streaming in through the expansive windows - this after weeks of exceedingly dreary skies. Normally we do a pre-Christmas shopping/cocktail swilling event, but this being apres-Christmas we reverted to a longer ago tradition of contemporary art viewing together - rarely accomplished anymore as we're all so busy.
After lunch, we crossed the street to see the Fiber Sculpture exjhibit at the Institute of Contemporay Art (ICA), and I enjoyed the work very much. The only problem was that I wanted so much to touch everything. Here are a few photos I took at the exhibit.
The ICA was once just about the only building out on the South Boston waterfront when it opened in 2006. We had to cross the windswept tundra of near-empty parking lots and weedy asphalt to get to the museum, then cross again to the little dive seafood restaurant on the canal, if it was even open. It's just been the past couple of years that buildings have sprung up around the ICA, and now every visit to the area is discombobulating for the high-rise glass structures that shoot up and multiply like spores in the fertile former wasteland. At least the new alien lifeforms came bearing gifts of food and drink as there is now no shortage of dining establishments, innovative or otherwise.
Cranes and construction sites abound as the area resembles an unfinished art project. Whether the mashup of old Boston brick and sleek glass highrise is woven together into a coherent and innovative whole cloth is yet to be seen, but it's an amazing transformation to watch.