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Founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art, the museum was conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. In pursuit of this mission, in its early days, the museum established its reputation for identifying important new artists and changed its name a final time to become the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1948.
For more than a half century, the ICA has presented contemporary art in all media—visual arts, film, and video, performance and literature—and created educational programs that encourage an appreciation for contemporary culture. As the ICA's reputation grew around the nation, it paved the way for institutes and museums of “contemporary art” as well as artists' spaces and alternative venues