The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) was founded in 1936 and has since strived to share "he pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process." ICA is a nonprofit organization and provides several exhibitions, performances, and resources for patrons, including their book club program, ICA Reads.
ICA Reads launched in 2015 and has become a central event for the Boston community by bringing them together through contemporary literature. This year's featured book is Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, an interpretation of Octavia Butler's bestselling novel by Damian Duffy and John Jenings. While Octavia Butler passed in 2006, ICA will host the author's of the graphic novel on THursday, May 4 at 7:00pm for patrons to meet and discuss the graphic novel.
Damian Duffy is a phD student at the University of ILlinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science and has previously published a graphic novel titled The HOle: Consumer Culture. Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University of Buffalo as well as a designer, curator, cartoonist, and illustrator.
For more information about the ICA Reads program or the author event, click here.