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The Institute Of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive

Boston, MA 02210

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This edition of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s biennial James and Audrey Foster Prize, highlighting work by Boston-area artists, will introduce a new component: a program of intimate, in-gallery Foster Talks in which each artist will engage in a discussion with a figure who has influenced their work.

Lucy Kim will speak with Melissa Doft, plastic surgeon, and Stephen Marino, personal trainer, both subjects of Kim’s work in the exhibition.

Lucy Kim's painted wall sculptures capture the likenesses of three people whose work alters the human body: Melissa Doft, a plastic surgeon; Stephen Marino, Kim's personal trainer; and Eric S. Lander, geneticist, molecular biologist, mathematician, and director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. With these works, Kim breathes new life into the tradition of "death masks," casts taken of a face just after death to commemorate the decreased. Repeated in patterns, Kim's meticulously constructed casts record her subjects during the arduous process of creating the cast. Frozen yet lifelike, these uncanny works are both sculpture and painting, descriptive and distorted, multiplied and unique.

Kim was born in Seoul and lives in Cambridge. She is a founding member of the collaborative kijidome, featured in the 2015 James and Audrey Foster Prize, and a lecturer in fine arts at Brandeis University.

Limited capacity; pre-reserved tickets available starting March 1.

Please arrive early, doors open at 6:30 pm.

Any unclaimed tickets by 6:45 will redistrubuted to the general public.

No late entry past 7pm.

Please bring in confirmation receipt and present at the front desk.


The exhibition and The Foster Talks are generously endowed by James and Audrey Foster and supported by Saks Fifth Avenue.

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