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White Wall Review: ICA, Huma Bhabha : They Live

25 Harbor Shore Drive

Boston, MA 02210


ICA members: Free

Youth 17 and under: Free

General Admission: $15

Seniors (60+): $13

Students: $10

Students, faculty, and staff of ICA university members: Free

Tue 10 AM–5 PM

Wed 10 AM–5 PM

Thu 10 AM–9 PM

Fri 10 AM–9 PM*

Sat 10 AM–5 PM

Sun 10 AM–5 PM

Closed Mondays

* First Friday of every month 10 AM–5 PM

First Fridays

The first Friday of every month, the ICA is open to First Fridays ticket-holders only from 5 to 9 PM. Admission to First Fridays is free for members/$15 for nonmembers and includes gallery access. This event is 21+.

Last Saturdays

The last Saturday of the month (except December), admission is FREE for up to two adults accompanied by children 12 and under during Play Dates.

American Federation of Teachers: $8

Blue Star Families: FREE Memorial Day to Labor Day

EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer): FREE for one person – please note children 17 and under are always FREE

MTA (Massachusetts Teachers Association): $8

Recipients of federal disability assistance (SSDI, SSI, VA benefits, etc), plus one personal care attendant per visitor: FREE

Discount passes also available at select area libraries

Discounts apply to general admission and listed events only, not ticketed performances or events. Special offers may not include ferry service to the ICA Watershed.

Huma Bhabha: They Live

Mar 23 – May 27, 2019

Bridgitt and Bruce Evans and Karen and Brian Conway Galleries


Since the early 1990s, Huma Bhabha (born 1962 in Karachi) has developed a distinct visual vocabulary that draws upon a wide variety of influences, including horror movies, science fiction, ancient artifacts, religious reliquary, and modernist sculpture. The largest survey of the artist’s work to date, Huma Bhabha: They Live encompasses sculpture, drawing, and photography, with a special focus on Bhabha’s engagement with the human figure.

Best known for her sculptures, Bhabha uses a diverse array of natural, industrial, and found materials to make compelling works that engage the arts and histories of diverse cultures. Her work transcends a singular time and place, instead creating an exploration of what she describes as the “eternal concerns” found across all cultures: war, colonialism, displacement, and memories of home.

Huma Bhabha: They Live will also include drawings, photographs, and prints spanning the past two decades, as well as new works made on the occasion of this exhibition. It will be accompanied by a lushly illustrated scholarly publication.


Organized by Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator.

Major support for Huma Bhabha: They Live is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Huma Bhabha: They Live is generously sponsored by Max Mara.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional support is generously provided by Karen and Brian Conway, Steve Corkin and Dan Maddalena, Fotene Demoulas and Tom Coté, Cynthia and John Reed, and Charlotte and Herbert S. Wagner III.

Support for the Huma Bhabha: They Live publication provided by Salon 94.

Huma Bhabha

(born 1962) is a Pakistani-American sculptor based in Poughkeepsie, New York. Known for her uniquely grotesque, figurative forms that often appear dissected or dismembered, Bhabha often uses found materials in her sculptures, including styrofoam, cork, rubber, paper, wire, and clay. She occasionally incorporates objects given to her by other people into her artwork. Many of these sculptures are also cast in bronze. She is equally prolific in her works on paper, creating vivid pastel drawings, eerie photographic collages, and haunting print editions

Huma Bhabha was born in Karachi, Pakistan. Her mother was an artist, though did not work as one professionally. Huma's childhood home was full of art books, and her mother would often help her with projects. By high school, Huma enjoyed drawing and painting and had started to think about becoming a professional artist.

She received her B.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design (1985), where she majored in printmaking while also taking classes in painting.After graduating, she returned to Pakistan for nearly 2 years. After her father passed away in 1986, she returned to the United States and attended Columbia University, where she earned her M.F.A. (1989).While at Colombia she made paintings using found wood and metal instead of canvas, which allowed her to incorporate formal qualities such as shape, space, and color. Starting in her second year at Colombia she worked as an assistant to artist Meyer Vaisman, from whom she learned how to be a professional artist. She continued working for him after she graduated and leveraged the professional connection to network and meet people in the art world.

Meyer Vaisman Venezuelan visual artist printmaker / frame-scupltures things

She lived in New York City until 2002, at which point she moved to Poughkeepsie, New York, where she currently resides and works. She lives with her husband, Jason Fox, who is also an artist and whom she married in 1990

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