The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, has announced that it will open The Watershed, a seasonal outpost for large-scale and site-specific projects, Hilarie M. Sheets of the New York Times reports.
A 15,000-square-foot condemned former factory building located in a shipyard across the water from the ICA will serve as the Institute’s new arts space. The local firm Anmahian Winton Architects will spearhead the renovation project, which, combined with projected programming for the next five years, will cost $10 million. Visitors will have to board a boat docked at the ICA and be ferried across the harbor to reach the new venue.
“This type of project is part of our DNA,” Jill Medvedow, director of the Institute, said. “We’re making a cross-harbor connection that’s really central to our ideas about art and civic life.” The East Boston shipyard was once a major immigration hub, second only to Ellis Island.