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Art At The ICA / Food & Drinks At Empire

It's been a while since we went to the Institute of Contemporary Art but the group loves it, so I have planned a few for the summer. Thursdays are free from 5 to 9, so it's the best time for us to go.

Quick Schedule:

5:45 - 6:00 pm - Meet and gather just inside the entrance of the ICA. I will have name tags and sharpies so we know who is with our group (sometimes there other groups). If you are late, grab a name tag from the desk, they will be left there like last time, then come and find us! You can text me to find us:[masked]

6:00 - 7:00 pm - We'll be checking out the Fotene Demoulas Gallery for Eleanor Antin’s work and the Buttenwieser Gallery for Nathalie Djurberg's & Hans Berg's work. We'll probably take the free tours...

7:00 - 11:00 pm - At about 7:00 pm we'll be heading over to Empire for food and drinks. This is a huge hit each time so we're going again! (If you can't make the ICA portion, you can just show up at Empire, it's cool.)

Full Details:

Here's what's happening on June 26th:

Multiple Occupancy

Fotene Demoulas Gallery - Eleanor Antin: Multiple Occupancy

Between 1972 and 1991, Antin created and embodied a number of different “selves” of varying genders, races, professions, historical eras, and geographic locations. Some she physically embodied and captured on film; others were represented via paper doll or puppets that she manipulated, often with faux-naiveté. Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s “Selves” is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on these multiple personae.

Among the alter egos we meet in Multiple Occupancy are the King of Solana Beach, the valiant but ineffective ruler of a San Diego seaside community; Eleanora Antinova, an African-American ballerina from Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes who longs to play the classic roles of Giselle and Sylphide but is relegated to more “exotic” Pocahontas types; and two nurses: Little Nurse Eleanor, whose attempts to heal her patients are continually sidetracked by their lust for her; and Eleanor Nightingale, who cares for soldiers at the front line of the Crimean War.

A World of Glass

Buttenwieser Gallery - Nathalie Djureberg & Hans Berg

Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg and Swedish composer Hans Berg continue their exploration of the complexities of the human condition in the videos by placing a cast of handcrafted characters in seemingly playful situations that inevitably turn sinister and often violent. The works address themes of sexual discovery, desire, and suffering that expose the fragile and precarious nature of humanity. This fragility is reflected in the polyurethane sculptures, which also make appearances in each video. Cast from household objects Djurberg assembled in a Frankenstein-like manner, the sculptures explore the border between the beautiful and the monstrous.

See a sneak preview of A World of Glass:

Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg has filled Galleries One and Two at Camden Arts Centre with luminous, glass-like objects and four new animated films. The installation is immersed in a syncronised soundscape composed by her collaborator Hans Berg, featuring rhythmic percussion and sounds of tinkling glass that evoke a strange and compelling atmosphere.

Djurberg creates her films with a technique referred to as ‘claymation’. At the Venice Biennale in 2009, she embedded the animations amongst a sprawling jungle of life-sized sculptures immersing the viewer within the immediate materiality of the images depicted on screen. Similarly, A World of Glass displays the luminous sculptures that appear in the films, made from polyurethene – a material that shares the apparent fragility and elegance of glass.



We'll be topping the night off with drinks and food at Empire at 7:00 pm. This group has stayed until after 11:00 PM before, and while you are free to leave before then, you are also encouraged to show up during that time if you miss the ICA portion.


REMEMBER that we all order as a group and when it comes time to settle the check, gratuity is going to be more than it would be if you were paying somewhere else by yourself, so plan on throwing in a few extra dollars toward the bill. Don't be cheap. It's not fair to the other people who end up covering your share at the end of the night and paying more than they should.

If you absolutely have to be cheap, order your drinks at the bar and don't order food/drinks with the group. Thank you for your understanding.

Travel Info:

It's possible to walk from the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line, it's about 10 minutes.

For parking, click here:

RSVP Etiquette:

Please keep your RSVP's up to date if your plans change.

Gratuity Etiquette:

Please remember gratuity is based on ordering with the group, not individually, and remember that you're throwing in more than you usually would if you were paying by yourself. Read above if you missed it.

Cover Charge:

Admission to both venues is free.

See you there,


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  • Mary

    Great group! It was a pleasure meeting everyone and I hope to make more meetups with this group. :)

    1 · June 27, 2014

  • Todd

    Had a great time. Nice to meet everyone!

    2 · June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are you guys still there? I'm on my way there

    June 26, 2014

  • Joe P

    See you guys in about 10 min

    1 · June 26, 2014

  • Matt A.

    Meeting in the lobby to head to Empire between 7:00 and 7:10. We'll leave for Empire at 7:10. If you miss us, meet us over there.

    June 26, 2014

  • Matt A.

    I'll be there around 6 ish. Running a tad behind. Meet just inside the doors of the ICA.

    June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it. I work late tonight so I'll be able to make it for drinks after.

    June 26, 2014

  • Sarah S.

    I will definately meet you guys at the ICA. I haven;t been there to see any exhibitions so might spend more time exploring. I will definately walk over to empire afterwards to meet you but probably not till 8 or 9 pm!!!

    June 25, 2014

    • Matt A.

      No problem Sarah. I only pick 2 exhibits and stay there for an hour because we'll be going back for the next couple of months and there won't be anything left to see.

      June 25, 2014

  • Steph

    Sounds like fun but I will be stuck without a driver (lol) until at least friday or saturday night and I don't know the T that well from around where I live. Hopefully next time!

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Matt A.

      Well Steph, check out our events for Friday and Saturday night if you haven't yet. They are going to be awesome! Definitely work coming out for. : ) ~Matt

      June 24, 2014

  • Dianne K.

    This sounds AWESOME, but work and family calls me back to South Carolina for a bit. I look forward to next time!

    1 · June 23, 2014

    • Matt A.

      We'll be going again this summer, no worries Dianne! : )

      June 23, 2014

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