Map: Contemporary Art in Boston


Growing up in Boston in the 80s, my teenage punk rock friends and I used to “borrow” a neighbor’s kids in order to have an excuse to take skater boys to the museums. “I have to babysit and I’m going to the Science Museum, wanna come?” was an oddly effective pickup, and worked even on 16-year-olds with mohawks and safety pins in their ears. Boston had options, but back then it wasn’t much of an art town. That changed in the 00s, thanks to a Diller Scofidio + Renfro designed ICA that gets mixed reviews, but still anchors a contemporary art scene. Here’s where to go these days, with or without the sk8tr boys.