The ICA has a brand-new location across the harbor

And it's free.

People gather for a preview at the ICA's new exhibition space, the Watershed, in an old sheet metal facility at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston on June 22. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

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The Institute of Contemporary Art is expanding across the Boston Harbor.

On July 4, the ICA will open the ICA Watershed, a seasonal gallery inside a former copper pipe and sheet metal facility in East Boston’s Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina.

Each summer, the ICA will invite one artist to create a “site-specific” work or installation for the Watershed. Its debut installation is by Diana Thater, a Los Angeles-based artist, writer, and educator at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Thater’s underwater film, titled “Delphine,” will “spill” across the floor, ceiling, and walls of the Watershed to create an “immersive underwater environment” for visitors. 


“Delphine” is at the center of the artist’s installation, but the Watershed will also display “A Runaway World,” which was was produced in Kenya and shines a light on endangered species using free-standing screens that Thater designed. Thater’s work will be featured through the entire season.

The interior of the new ICA exhibition space in East Boston called ICA Watershed.

The Watersheds is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 8 this season, and is free for all visitors.

The ICA is also offering complimentary ferry tickets to and from the Seaport location with the purchase of an ICA admission ticket or ICA membership. Ferry tickets can be reserved online up to one month in advance.