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ON VIEW NOW

Night Life by ICA Teens

Join us for a reception on Tuesday, 1/31/23, 5-6p.m. in Gutman Gallery

CATE M.

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ILYANA S.B.

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ISABEL L.

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ISABELLA M.

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JULIETA L.

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MARIANA A.

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SAMANTHA P.

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SIENNA A.

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ANA R.

Concrete

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EMILY H.

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JAYLEN B.

top 2 and we ain't 2

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SOFIE P.

Fire Escape

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STEPHY D.

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Night Life is a teen-curated collection of photography made during the digital photography programs at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston during the fall of 2022. The title refers to two themes—life and nightlife—that emerged organically from a semester-long exploration of subjects relevant to the teen photographers.


Teens in the Special Focus program, our beginner to intermediate group, looked at many different photography styles at the ICA and beyond. They experimented with color and saturation to bring focus to themes relevant to their lives that ranged from urban exploration to friendships.


The Photography Collective group continues to explore multiple forms of photography including photojournalism, street photography, and portraits with the goal of curating and presenting these and other photographs. Through crafting these images, they expand their understanding of lighting, color, and composition. As they curated their photography this fall, the theme of nightlife emerged.

After these teens took many photographs and selected the ones they felt were their strongest, they critiqued each other’s work and curated this exhibition.  Additional images are showcased in their portfolios at icateens.org/portfolios.

Teen arts education is central to the ICA. Digital photography is just one of the art forms teens can explore at the museum. The ICA’s award-winning teen programming has grown exponentially in the past two decades and now serves thousands of area youths annually. We believe that robust arts education—including learning by doing—is critical to building future artists, audiences, and engaged citizens, and we aim especially to create a more equitable education for young people.

Lead support for Teen Programs provided by Wagner Foundation. Teen Programs are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Award Number MA-252104-OMS-22.

Additional support for Teen Programs is provided by the Rowland Foundation, Inc.; Vertex; The Willow Tree Fund; the Cabot Family Charitable Trust; Mathieu O. Gaulin; the William E. Schrafft and Bertha E. Schrafft Charitable Trust; the Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund; the Mass Cultural Council; the Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation; the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; MFS Investment Management; BPS Arts Expansion Fund at EdVestors; the Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation, Inc., and the Charlotte Foundation.

Converse is committed to supporting movements for positive social change and amplifying youth voices as they build the future they believe in.

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