Massachusetts State House & ICA

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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I went to the Massachusetts Capitol, more commonly referred to as the State House, today.  It's in Beacon Hill, a very congested neighborhood in Boston.  I eventually found a very expensive place to park and walked to the State House.

The original State House is quite old but it has been expanded and renovated over the years.  I started off wandering around on my own.  While I was wandering around a tour wandered by so I joined it.  When the tour was over I went to the guide desk and joined a tour from the beginning.  I had planned on just staying with the tour up to the point I had joined the previous tour but I wound up staying with it until the end.  Much of the what the guides said differed between the two tours.

When I was done my second tour I went back to take pictures.  There are some really grand rooms that, unfortunately, were very difficult to photograph, normally due to the high contrast.

My next stop was the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).  I found another expensive parking space nearby and walked to the museum.  It was Thursday, which is one of the nights they're open late.  There was a tour starting soon after I arrived so I took the tour. 

There were a number of temporary exhibits going on including Floor of the Forest by Trisha Brown Dance Company, Anthropocene Extinction by Swoon and Dance / Draw, a part of their ICA 75 program celebrating 75 years of contemporary art in Boston.

As is often the case when I visit contemporary art museums, I find much of it interesting or thought provoking but there were only a few pieces that I liked.  That's not a reflection on the museum.  It's a very good museum.  There's just a lot of contemporary art I don't like.
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