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  • New York Studio Events: Jonas Wood

    February 16, 2011

    Anton Kern Gallery, NYC
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    “Jonas Wood paints scenes of the world around him through the prism of his memory”
    CORRINA PEIPON (Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood, 2010. Organized by Corrina Peipon, Hammer curatorial associate.)

    Join us on Wednesday, Feburary 16th, at Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea for ICI’s first New York Studio Event of 2011. Artist Jonas Wood will guide us through his exhibition of new paintings and drawings in advance of the highly anticipated opening reception. Gain insights from Wood as he discusses his multi-layered working process beginning with photo-based collages to drawings (studies), and then from drawings to the final painting (or two). Wood will divulge the inter-workings of his creative methods that he keeps tightly woven with both art and his own personal history.

    Jonas Wood is represented in New York by Anton Kern Gallery. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Wood received a BA in psychology in 1999 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington in 2002. Jonas’ work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, LA; MinMin Gallery, Tokyo; Shane Campbell Gallery, IL; Anton Kern Gallery, NY; and Black Dragon Society, LA.








    [Photo credit © Joshua White/ jwpictures.com]

  • Martha Wilson offers her perspective on feminist research

    Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery Concordia University 1400 blvd. de Maisonneuve West, LB-165 Montréal (Québec) H3G 1M8 Canada
    February 19, 2011

    5:00 PM
    Martha Wilson offers her perspective on feminist research
    A lecture by Martha Wilson in conjunction with the Compulsive Browse Colloquium, a two-year research project supported by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art at Concordia University.
    FREE ADMISSION

  • Big Men in Slow Motion: The Autumnal Turn in Contact Sports

    Middlebury College Museum of Art
    Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
    72 Porter Field Road
    Middlebury, VT 05753
    February 23, 2011

    Big Men in Slow Motion: The Autumnal Turn in Contact Sports

    4:30PM
    Tim Spears, professor of American studies, will give a talk focusing on the lives and representations of athletes who once competed in violent contact sports, such as boxing and football, and explore the meanings that Americans attach to the aging or diminished male body. This lecture is in conjunction with Mixed Signals.

    Image credit: Brian Jungen, Blanket no. 3, 2008.Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York.

  • New York Studio Events: Brendan Fowler

    February 28, 2011

    Untitled Gallery, NYC
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    On Monday, February 28th, ICI welcomes you to New York’s lower east side to join artist Brendan Fowler for a preview of his premier exhibition at Untitled Gallery (the brand new space of Rental Gallery’s Joel Mesler.) Brendan Fowler’s complicated and carefully considered artworks span mediums. During this visit we will further explore the visual side of Fowler’s work, who is often known best for his rock act/performance art piece, titled BARR. We hope you will join us for this exciting look at the artist’s new object-based works that are currently and increasingly grabbing the attention of the art world.

    “As with his music, Fowler’s visual productions operate in a series of aggressive negations and reassertions—often one image literally crashing through or canceling out another, but only to have the second image further the narrative of the first. Sound confusing? It really isn’t.”
    CHRISTOPHER BOLLEN, Interview Magazine, 2010.

    Brendan Fowler lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BFA in 2002 from Sarah Lawrence College. Selected exhibitions include: Brendan Fowler at Rental, Rental Gallery, NY; last Disaster/first BARR, Rivington Arms, NY; Brendan Fowler, James Hyde, Jacob Kassay, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NY; White Noise, James Cohan Gallery; The Generational: Younger than Jesus, New Museum, NY; Matthew Chambers l Brendan Fowler l Rashid Johnson l Jason Kraus, Rental Gallery, NY; History Keeps Me Awake at Night: A Genealogy of Wojnarowicz, PPOW Gallery, NY; Session The Bowl, Deitch Projects, NY.








    [Photo © Andrea Longacre - White]

  • The Now Museum: Call for papers

    A conference organized by CUNY Graduate Center, ICI and the New Museum
    Graduate Symposium
    Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2011
    March 13, 2011

    Learn more about the call for papers for the Graduate symposium on March 13, 2011.

    CALL FOR PAPERS
    Graduate Symposium, March 13, 2011

    The Graduate Center at City University of New York, Independent Curators International (ICI) and the New Museum are organising a graduate symposium on the afternoon of Sunday, March 13, 2011. The event will be chaired by Claire Bishop (CUNY Graduate Center), Kate Fowle (ICI) and Martin Grossman (University of São Paulo). The symposium is intended to accompany and form a graduate response to a main conference, held at CUNY Graduate Center and the New Museum on the three days beforehand (Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 March). We are calling for 15-20 minute interventions (10 pages/2000 words) on topics relating to the following themes:

    • The role of research in the contemporary museum
    • The formation of historical narratives in contemporary collection hangs
    • Contemporary museums versus art fairs and biennials
    • Thinking beyond collections and cultural patrimony; new roles for the museum today
    • The discursive museum and pedagogic practices
    • Negotiating expanded global/local horizons in collection displays and temporary exhibitions
    • Defining museum identities in non-Western contexts

    Please submit your name, institutional affiliation, and paper (maximum 10 pages/2000 words, font size 12, 1.5 space) to Claire Bishop (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and Chelsea Haines (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by February 1, 2011.

    Accepted papers will be announced by February 16, 2011.

    Check back later this month for more information on the conference, or email Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for further questions.

    [image] Model of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Guggenheim Foundation website.

  • The Curator's Perspective: Zdenka Badovinac

    The Graduate Center, CUNY
    The James Gallery
    365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    7pm
    March 14, 2011

    On March 14, Ljubljana-based curator Zdenka Badovinac will speak at ICI’s curatorial talk series in which an international curator distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    Zdenka Badovinac has been Director of Moderna galerija/ Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana since 1993. She has curated numerous exhibitions presenting both Slovenian and international artists, and she initiated the first collection of Eastern European art, Moderna galerija’s 2000+ Arteast Collection. She has been systematically dealing with the processes of redefining history and with the questions of different avant-garde traditions of contemporary art, starting with the exhibition Body and the East— From the 1960s to the Present (Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, 1998; Exit Art, New York, 2001).

    She continued in 2000 with the first public displaying of the 2000+ Arteast Collection: 2000+ Arteast Collection: The Art of Eastern Europe in Dialogue with the West at Moderna galerija (2000); and then with a series of Arteast Exhibitions, mostly at Moderna galerija: Form-Specific (2003); 7 Sins: Ljubljana-Moscow (2004; co-curated with Victor Misiano and Igor Zabel); Interrupted Histories (2006); Arteast Collection 2000+23 (2006); The Schengen Women (2008), Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana, part of the Hosting Moderna galerija! project; and Old Masters (2008), Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E., Center in galerijaP74, Ljubljana, also part of the Hosting Moderna galerija! project.


    Her other major projects include unlimited.nl-3, DeAppel, Amsterdam (2000), (un)gemalt, Sammlung Essl, Kunst der Gegenwart, Klosterneuburg/Vienna (2002), ev+a 2004, Imagine Limerick, Open&Invited, different exhibition venues, Limerick (2004); and Democracies for the Tirana Biennale (2005). She was also Slovenian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale (1993–1997, 2005) and Austrian Commissioner at the Sao Paulo Biennial (2002).

    The Curator’s Perspective is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x26.


    The Curator’s Perspective: Badovinac has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from The Graduate Center; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

  • New York Studio Events: Martha Wilson

    March 30, 2011

    The Artist’s Brooklyn Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    "If I were to make a list of the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s — the real downtown, the then-sparsely settled west-side area between Canal Street and Battery Park — the conceptual artist and performer Martha Wilson would be on it."
    HOLLAND COTTER Photo/Text Works, 1971-74. New York Times, April 2008.

    On Wednesday, March 30th, ICI will join artist Martha Wilson in her Brooklyn studio for a look into her determined, multifaceted, forty-year career as both artist and founder of non-profit space, Franklin Furnace. This studio visit will provide insight into Martha’s inherently feminist and socially engaged practices. With Wilson acting as our guide, we will learn about the complex nature of her work as it encompasses her activities as an artist, creating conceptually-based performances, videos, and photo-text compositions since the early 1970s; her position as the founder and director of the non-profit space Franklin Furnace; her collaboration with other women to form the group, DISBAND; and her key role in jump-starting the activist feminist art group, the Guerrilla Girls.

    Martha Wilson lives and works in New York. She received a BA from Wilmington College in 1969 and a MFA from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. In 2008 Martha Wilson had her first solo exhibition in New York, Photo/Text Works, 1971-1974 at the Mitchell Algus Gallery in Chelsea, New York City. In 2009,the Dalhousie Art Gallery presented Martha Wilson: Staging the Self, curated by Peter Dykhuis and co-organized with ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. Currently, this exhibition is on view at Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montreal, Canada from January 6, 2011 - February 19, 2011.








    [Photo credit © Kathy Grove]

  • New York Studio Events: Matt Keegan

    April 27, 2011

    D'Amelio Terras, NYC
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    Join ICI on Wednesday, April 27th, at D’Amelio Terras in Chelsea for a sneak peek of Matt Keegan’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Find out first-hand why so many people are talking about this young conceptualist’s new approach to art making.

    “The seemingly oxymoronic notion of 'connective interruptions' provides a useful way to consider the work of Matt Keegan, whose various incarnations as artist, editor and curator exemplify an idea of expansive practice so prevalent in recent art. His exhibitions, participatory publications and curatorial projects explore ideas of community without idealism, interrogating both literally and metaphorically how social spaces are staged and described, and where absence, incision and removal can more powerfully frame identity than emphatic presence.”
    SHAMIM M. MOMIN, Future Greats, ArtReview. March 2008.

    Matt Keegan is currently preparing for two solo exhibitions in 2011, at D'Amelio Terras in New York, and at Altman Siegel Gallery in San Francisco. You can see Keegan’s work in the exhibition "Image Transfer", presented in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and which just debuted at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington.








    [March 17, 2009, courtesy of the artist and D'Amelio Terras, New York.]

  • New York Studio Events: Janine Antoni

    May 2, 2011

    The Artist’s Brooklyn Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    On Monday, May 2nd ICI will visit Janine Antoni in her Brooklyn studio. Since the early 1990’s this prolific artist has been making seminal artworks contributing to the development and history of performance and installation art. Hear from Antoni herself about the physical and personal nature of her creative process.

    “She has always plumbed the psychic closet (and the medicine cabinet) for material. She has taken in social views of womanhood and literally spat them back out as symbols of cleansing. And now she offers up herself yet again as beggar metamorphosing into Phoenix to propose the durability and elasticity of the reconstituted self. Like Beuys, whom she obviously reveres, Antoni is a missionary with an occult gleam.”
    ELLEN BERKOVITCH, Reviews: Janine Antoni at SITE Santa Fe, Artforum. December 2002.

    Janine Antoni shows with Luhring Augustine in New York. In 2010, Antoni had a solo-exhibition at the University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA. She received the MacArthur Fellowship and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Inc. Painting and Sculpture Grant in 1998, and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999. Janine has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad at venues including Luhring Augustine Gallery, The Wadsworth Athenaeum, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Reina Sofia, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Aldrich Museum.






  • New York Studio Events: Lisa Oppenheim

    May 25, 2011

    The Artist’s Manhattan Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    Gather at Lisa Oppenheim’s New York studio on Wednesday, May 25th, for an in-depth look at this artist’s sublime, research-based works. Merging fact and fiction, Oppenheim often picks up or interjects points that history may have over looked or intentionally skipped over. Investigation and a true commitment to aestheticism enable Oppenheim to create breathtaking imagery based on historical happenings that may have otherwise gone unannounced.

    “Oppenheim’s practice is always finely attuned to the possibilities of meaning that is revealed when the technical history of the medium is read against itself, opening fissures between the formal and the ideological.”
    CHRISTIAN RATTEMEYER for Line, No.4

    Lisa Oppenheim lives and works in New York. She graduated from Brown University with a BA in art, and she received a MFA from Bard College and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. She also participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. Oppenheim is represented by Harris Lieberman in New York, Martin Klosterfelde in Berlin, and Galerie Juliette Jongma in Amsterdam. Current group exhibitions include "Image Transfer”, presented in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and which recently debuted at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington; as well as shows at the New Museum in New York, and the Guggenheim, Bilbao. In 2010, she had solo shows at Gallery Martin Klosterfelde in Berlin and Galerie Juliette Jongma in Amsterdam.

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  • New York Studio Events: 2011 NYSE Dinner with Adam D. Weinberg

    A private collection, details coming soon...
    September 14, 2011

    This year's prized evening will feature an exclusive talk by Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of Art.









    [Photograph © Dawoud Bey - Art © Sol LeWitt/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

  • New York Studio Events: Julie Mehretu

    Photo © Chester Higgins
    September 27, 2011

    The Artist’s Manhattan Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    On Tuesday, September 27th, join us at Julie Mehretu’s Manhattan studio for an in-depth look at the artist’s most current body of works. We are thrilled with this opportunity to visit with one of today’s most highly regarded abstract painters, who the MacArthur Foundation described as an artist "who transforms her canvases into visually spectacular excavations of multiple epochs and locales". Mehretu will share her own personal experience in creating her compelling large-scale, gestural paintings, which are laboriously built up through layers of acrylic paint on canvas overlaid with mark-making using pencil, pen, ink and thick streams of paint. In these meticulously worked paintings, the artist creates and communicates narratives using abstracted images of cities, histories, wars and geographies with frenetic mark making. As Mehretu suggests, once complete, these rich canvases act as “story maps of no location” enabling the viewer to interpret them as pictures into the imagined.

    Julie is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery in New York and shows at White Cube in London and Carlier Gebauer in Berlin. Currently Julie’s work can be seen at the British Museum, Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern drawings from the British Museum collection until April 25, 2011.








    [Photo © Chester Higgins]

  • New York Studio Events: Michael Joo

    November 30, 2011

    The Artist’s Brooklyn Studio
    6.30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


    Join us on Wednesday, November 30th, as we meet with artist Michael Joo in his Brooklyn studio for a close look at his ritualized and romanticized artworks and processes. In Michael Joo‘s work you can see the artist’s eye investigating natural and synthetic materials in a way that suggestively confronts his viewers with inherent and lingering questions of mortality and motive.

    “Joo's work is both intensely physical and intellectually invigorating. As a leading contemporary conceptual artist, he uses different artistic forms to express passionately felt ideas about identity, the body, and cultural mores. "For the most part," says Michael Joo, "I am interested in playing with notions of physicality and the slippery nature of the identity of an object (or person, place, thing)."“
    Writes the The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in advance of Michael’s 2004 exhibition.

    Michael Joo lives and works in New York where he is represented by Anton Kern Gallery. He received his BA at Wesleyan University in biology, a BFA in sculpture from Washington University (St. Louis) 1989, and a MFA in sculpture from Yale in 1991. In 2010, Joo had a solo exhibition at Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy and a two person exhibition with artist Damian Hirst titled, Have You Ever Really Looked at the Sun? at Haunch of Venison, Berlin. His work has been included in important group exhibitions such as the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea and the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.








    [Photo © Nadine Dinter]

Past

  • Performance and Identity

    Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery Concordia University 1400 blvd. de Maisonneuve West, LB-165 Montréal (Québec) H3G 1M8 Canada
    January 20, 2011

    10 AM – noon
    Performance and Identity
    Seminar with artist Martha Wilson and curator Peter Dykhuis
    FREE ADMISSION

  • The Curator's Perspective: Katharine Stout

    Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
    521 West 21st Street
    New York, NY 10011
    7pm
    January 20, 2011

    Katharine Stout launches ICI's 2011 public program series with a talk on the Turner Prize, the prestigious and much debated award set up by Tate Britain in 1984 to celebrate the cutting edge in new British art. In her lecture, Stout will discuss the role the Turner Prize has played within the institutional context of Tate Britain as well as its relationship to the contemporary arts scenes in London and abroad.

    Katharine Stout is a Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain and Associate Director of the Drawing Room, London. At Tate she has curated various aspects of the contemporary program such as numerous Turner Prize exhibitions, most recently in 2010 as well as the Turner Prize Retrospective, Art Now, which presents artists at an early stage of their careers; Lightbox, a space dedicated to film and video; Duveen Comissions with Martin Creed and Eva Rothschild; and has co–curated exhibitions drawn from the collection such as Self Evident, the body as site and subject and Art of the 60s: This was Tomorrow. She has written over thirty monographic texts on contemporary British artists as well as commissioned and edited publications such as Keep on Onnin’, Contemporary art at Tate Britain, and The Turner Prize and British Art. Prior to Tate she was the Contemporary art consultant at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich where she initiated contemporary art commissions and projects, and the Director of The Tannery, London, a non-profit artist-led gallery.

    In 2001, she founded the Drawing Room with Mary Doyle and Kate Macfarlane to provide the major European non-profit resource for contemporary drawing; ten years after its inception it has gained an international reputation for its varied programme that probes the boundaries of contemporary drawing, incorporating a wide range of ideas and media from the traditional to the experimental, in order to reflect the vibrancy of contemporary drawing practice. She has written various texts on drawing, most recently Drawn from Life, commissioned by Green Cardamon and is currently writing a book on recent international drawing practice for Tate Publishing. She studied at the Courtauld Institute, University of London and the Royal College of Art.

    This event will be preceded by a small wine reception at 6:30 pm. The Curator’s Perspective is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x26.



    The Curator's Perspective: Katharine Stout has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from Tanya Bonakdar Gallery; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

  • Tour of the exhibition with artist Martha Wilson and curator Peter Dykhuis

    Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
    Concordia University
    1400 blvd. de Maisonneuve West, LB-165
    Montréal (Québec) H3G 1M8
    Canada
    January 19, 2011

    5:00 PM
    Artist Martha Wilson and curator Peter Dykhuis will give a tour of the exhibition Martha Wilson: Staging the Self at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery followed by exhibition opening reception.
    FREE ADMISSION

 

  • New York Studio Events: Lawrence Weiner

    Lawrence Weiner Studio
    New York City
    December 14, 2010

    Join us on December 14th for a rare opportunity to visit with Lawrence Weiner in his Manhattan studio. ICI is proud to welcome our members into the workspace of one of the central figures of Conceptual Art. Lawrence will share his thoughts and ideas regarding his personal and long pursued inquiries into language and the art-making process.

    Throughout Lawrence’s longstanding and prolific career, he has put forward a radical redefinition of the artist/viewer relationship and the very nature of the artwork; translating his investigations into linguistic structures and visual systems across varied formats and manifestations. Most famously the works take the form of large typographic wall texts, referred to by Lawrence as sculpture, and the words, phrases and statements he employs are often representative of states or processes grounded in materiality. His works exist simultaneously as instructions, propositions and evocations as well as the object itself.

    Lawrence has received numerous grants and awards, and in 2007/08 was honored with a 40-year retrospective of his work, entitled Lawrence Weiner: AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Lawrence is represented in New York by Marian Goodman Gallery, in London by Lisson Gallery, in Paris by Yvon Lambert Gallery, in Los Angeles by Regen Projects, and in Tel Aviv by Dvir Gallery.

    The NYSE program series is for ICI Members at the supporter level and above only.

  • The Curator's Perspective: Weng Choy Lee

    New Museum
    235 Bowery
    New York, NY 10002
    3-5pm
    December 12, 2010

    This lecture will highlight art critic and curator Weng Choy Lee's recent critical scholarship on biennials, analyzing art criticism of these mega-shows and evaluating this now pervasive exhibition format, particularly in Asia. This event will be one of a touring conversation series by Lee in San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and other cities across the U.S., organized as part of ICI’s new programming initiatives that provide a platform for innovative international practitioners to directly connect with audiences across North America.

    Weng Choy Lee is an art critic based in Singapore, and director of Projects, Research & Publications, Osage Art Foundation. Weng Choy's essays have been published in Broadsheet, Forum On Contemporary Art & Society, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture, Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985, and Yishu. He serves on the academic advisory board of the Asia Art Archive, and is president of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics. From 2000 to 2009, he was artistic co-director of The Substation arts centre in Singapore. Weng Choy has a BA in Philosophy from Berkeley, and an MA in English Literature from Mills.




    The Curator's Perspective: Weng Choy Lee has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from the New Museum; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

  • Let's Talk: Curator-led tours

    NADA Art Fair
    The Curator's Lounge in the lobby of the Deauville Beach Resort
    6701 Collins Ave
    Miami, Forida
    December 2, 2010

    If you were to visualize a curator’s job it would look like an iceberg: exhibitions would be the point you see above water and all the research would be what is hidden below. The amount of time curators spend looking at art, talking with artists, and thinking about what they see verges on the obsessive, and certainly outweighs what would be possible to include in a lifetime of exhibitions.

    Recognizing that much of this research is untapped, Independent Curators International (ICI) and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) have developed Let’s talk: Curator-led tours, putting international curators in direct contact with the public so that they can give their unique perspectives and insider views on artists’ and their work presented at the fair.

    Offering museum groups and NADA Miami fair audiences the exclusive opportunity to engage with respected curators in a fast paced setting, tour leaders include Kate Fowle (Director, Independent Curators International), Jens Hoffmann (Director, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts), Ruba Katrib (Associate Curator, MoCA Miami), René Morales (Curator, Miami Art Museum), João Ribas (Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center), and Franklin Sirmans (Chief Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA).

    How to Sign Up

    ICI is organizing a limited number of group tours throughout the duration of the fair. Tours leave from the Curator’s Lounge, ICI’s hub at the fair. All tours are approximately 30 minutes long, followed by a conversation with the curator. Tours will be registered in advance and each group will be capped at 10 to ensure an intimate setting. Tours cost $20 per person and space is limited.

    For those unable to attend group tours, free self-guided tours of curator’s picks will be available from the Curator’s Lounge. For further information or to book a tour, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Let’s talk is an ongoing partnership between Independent Curators International (ICI) and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) that provides a platform for hybrid practices and innovative approaches to creating dialogue across and between art worlds. Through talks, tours, and other public events, the series gives collectors and enthusiasts access to leading professionals and their ideas. 


    Let’s talk: Curator-led tours is the second annual Let’s talk program at the NADA Art Fair. The first program took place in 2009 when ICI hosted a daily program of video screenings of Project 35 by ICI and Projection by Cleopatra’s, an interview series with Matthew Higgs, and panel discussions with participants including Colin Chinnery, Richard Flood, Nato Thompson, Mari Spirito, and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson.

  • Selected Maria Lind Writing—Book Launch and Discussion

    Organized by e-flux, with Maria Lind, Bruce Altshuler, and Kate Fowle
    e-flux
    41 Essex Street
    New York, NY 10002
    7pm, FREE
    November 30, 2010

    Selected Maria Lind Writing
    Edited by Brian Kuan Wood
    Selections and responses by Beatrice von Bismarck, Ana Paula Cohen, Liam Gillick, Brian Kuan Wood, and Tirdad Zolghadr

    e-flux is pleased to host the New York launch of Selected Maria Lind Writing, with Maria Lind in conversation with Bruce Altshuler (Professor and Director of the Museum Studies Program at NYU) and Kate Fowle (Executive Director of Independent Curators International) on recent curatorial developments.

    Working in a number of contexts and capacities has shown Maria Lind to be a curator who, over time, has engaged in a rethinking of the art institution and the formats and methodologies connected with it, taking art itself as a starting point. Following on the various endgames outlined by institutional critique, Lind has forged paths out of hegemonic institutional regimes precisely by identifying other ways of working through them, from both inside and outside.

    For Lind, writing is integral to her curatorial work. It is where she accounts for her decisions, explains her intention, justifies her interest, toys with new possibilities and develops new ideas, and recognizes historical precedents. It is where the craft of curating, already pointed out towards a public, finds another channel of articulation.

    Selected Maria Lind Writing brings together twenty-two essays selected by Beatrice von Bismarck, Ana Paula Cohen, Liam Gillick, Brian Kuan Wood, and Tirdad Zolghadr.

    The collection of essays spanning from 1997 to 2010 forms a tapestry of Lind's own interweaving interests, but also of those of a panel of readers invited by Lind to project their own concerns onto her corpus of writing. Essays on individual artists, monographic and group exhibitions, funding structures, new contexts and spatial paradigms, together comprise a rare opportunity to swivel a spotlight on its axis back towards a figure who always tries to aim it at what really matters.

    Maria Lind is a curator and writer based in Stockholm. She was the director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2008 to 2010. She was director of Iaspis in Stockholm 2005 to 2007 and from 2002 to 2004 was the director of Kunstverein München. From 1997 to 2001, Lind was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, where she was responsible for Moderna Museet Projekt. She was co-curator of Manifesta 2 in 1998. Lind has contributed widely to magazines and other publications, as well as to numerous exhibition catalogues. She was the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement.

    For further information about the launch, or for press inquiries and orders, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Baldessari/Botkier Limited Edition Launch

    Celebrate ICI's 35th Anniversary with this brand new ICI limited edition!
    November 24, 2010

    To mark our 35th birthday, world-renowned artist and long-time friend of Independent Curators International (ICI) John Baldessari has teamed up with fashion-forward New York designer Monica Botkier to create a one-of-a-kind limited edition leather tote bag for ICI.






    Choose Your Bags






    Proceeds from sales will support ICI’s diverse exhibitions, free events, and educational programs centered on international curatorial practice.

    About John Baldessari
    Baldessari has a long history with ICI, serving as a trustee of the organization for 9 years and presenting his work in 13 ICI touring shows; he also co-curated the exhibition 100 ARTISTS SEE GOD with fellow artist Meg Cranston, which toured to 6 museums across the U.S. and the U.K. from 2004 through 2006. Don’t miss John Baldessari: Pure Beauty, the artist’s first major U.S. retrospective in 20 years, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from October 20, 2010–January 9, 2011, and his solo exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery in NY, October 22–November 27, 2010.

    About Monica Botkier
    Reality for the modern woman. Monica Botkier’s accessories embody luxury through custom detailing, innovation and quality while focusing on functionality. Botkier is at a unique vantage point and position in the market as an independent brand that marries luxury with utility.

  • Interview with Doryun Chong, Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award recipient

    By ICI Executive Director Kate Fowle
    November 23, 2010

    Doryun Chong, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, is the recipient of the first Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award. This award has been inaugurated to reflect ICI’s commitment to supporting international curators early in their careers who have shown exceptional creativity and prescience in their exhibition-making, research, and related writing.

    Chong was selected to receive the Independent Vision Award for the recent exhibitions he has curated and co-curated in a range of venues nationally and internationally, including Bruce Nauman: Days (MoMA, 2010); Brinkmanship: Park Chan-Kyong and Sean Snyder (REDCAT, 2010) with Clara Kim; Haegue Yang: Integrity of the Insider (Walker Art Center, 2009–10); Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis (Walker Art Center, 2008-9); Brave New Worlds (Walker Art Center, 2007) with Yasmil Raymond; and the 2006 Busan Biennial. Through these exhibitions Chong has not only demonstrated multiple, global understandings of artworks and their contexts, but also an unusual eloquence in the possibilities of display and discourse. Chong’s innovative research skills draw on several Asian and Romance languages and his training in Western European and East Asian philosophy and art history. Considered the top translator of writing on contemporary art from Korea, Chong is also responsible for the groundbreaking lexicon on artist Huang Yong Ping’s complex web of meanings, intentions, history, conflict, and culture. Chong is currently Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA. Prior to this, Chong was a curator in the Visual Arts department at the Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009.

    This interview with Chong by ICI’s Executive Director Kate Fowle focuses on his practice to date from his academic training and how he got into exhibition-making to his recent move to MoMA. In the interview, Chong analyzes what it means for him to be an international curator today, discussing in depth his research methodologies and the complex processes of translation he undertakes in his exhibitions with artists like Tetsumi Kudo, Huang Yong Ping, and Sean Snyder. Ultimately his practice is grounded in an understanding that “context is rarely singular or an aggregation of multiples, but almost always syncretic, interpenetrating, and hybrid, and and that by understanding that, a curator could potentially also help an artist extend his or her practice as a consequence.”

    Read the interview here.

  • The Curator's Perspective: Glenn Phillips

    The Kitchen
    512 West 19th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    7-9 pm
    November 9, 2010

    Glenn Phillips, Principal Project Specialist and Consulting Curator in the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, will give a lecture titled "Curating the 1970s" for the Curator's Perspective, ICI's itinerant public discussion series. Focusing on recent exhibitions and works in progress, Glenn will discuss a range of approaches to curating exhibitions about the 1970s, including examples from the upcoming initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, an unprecedented collaboration of more than fifty cultural institutions across Southern California, which are coming together to tell the story of the birth of the LA art scene. This event has been produced in collaboration with The Kitchen, New York.

    About Glenn Phillips

    Glenn Phillips is Principal Project Specialist and Consulting Curator in the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. His exhibition California Video won the International Association of Art Critics award for best exhibition of digital media, video, or film in 2008. His other exhibitions include Time/Space, Gravity and Light; Marking Time; Evidence of Movement; Reckless Behavior; Pioneers of Brazilian Video Art 1973-1983; Surveying the Border: Three Decades of Video Art about the United States and Mexico; and Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art 1968-88. Prior to working at the Getty he was Assistant Curator for Special Projects at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where he worked on a number of exhibitions, including No Wave Cinema; The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000; the 1997, 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions; Bitstreams: Art in the Digital Age; and Tony Oursler: The Darkest Color Infinitely Amplified.




    The Curator’s Perspective: Glenn Phillips has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from The Kitchen; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

  • ICI at the NY Art Book Fair

    MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101
    November 5, 2010

    FRIDAY & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5 & 6, 11AM - 7PM
    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7, 11AM - 5PM


    ICI will be at the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA's PS1 from Friday November 5 through Sunday November 7, 2010, celebrating 35 years of ICI publications, and showcasing our limited edition prints, including work by John Baldessari, Laurie Simmons, and Robert Rauschenberg.

    Deputy Director Renaud Proch will moderate a conversation with Martha Wilson & others in a panel titled "Experimental Libraries and Reading Room Projects" as part of the book fair conference series. A limited edition of five signed copies of Wilson's seminal publication Artists' Books USA, (1978), will be for sale at the ICI booth.

    ICI's display will include current, past and rare exhibition catalogues for sale at special fair prices. The booth will also vend copies of Jens Hoffman's new journal, The Exhibitionist, a publication that focuses on the practice and history of exhibition making, and current curatorial models. Hoffmann is the co-curator of ICI's current exhibition People's Biennial.

    Further details and directions can be found on the NY Art Book Fair website.

  • The Curatorial Intensive Symposium

    16 Beaver Street
    New York, NY 10004
    10am-5pm
    November 1, 2010

    From an open competition resulting in over 130 proposals, 14 individuals from 8 countries and 6 states have been selected to come to New York and work with some of today’s leading curators and artists. On Monday, November 1, the Curatorial Intensive participants will present their developed exhibition proposals in a day-long symposium hosted by the 16 Beaver Group.

    10:00-10:10
    Welcome Remarks from ICI's Director Kate Fowle

    10:10-11:30
    Paula Silva / Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva / Steven Bridges / Maayan Sheleff

    11:30-11:50
    Discussion

    11:50-12:00
    Break

    12:00-1:00
    David Ayala / Maja Ciric / Mack McFarland

    1:00-1:15
    Discussion

    1:15-2:15
    Lunch

    2:15-2:55
    Anne Smith / Michele Horrigan

    2:55-3:05
    Discussion

    3:05-3:20
    Break

    3:20-4:40
    Legacy Russell / Margaret Winslow / Oyinda Fakeye / Katy Reis

    4:40-5:00
    Discussion

    Read more about the Curatorial Intensive here.

    If you would like to attend the Curatorial Intensive symposium, please email Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or at 212-254-8200 x26.

  • 2010 NYSE Dinner with Nancy Spector

    Hosted by Frederico Sève and Violy McCausland
    October 27, 2010

    A very special dinner featuring Guggenheim Deputy Director and Chief Curator Nancy Spector

  • The Curator's Perspective: Virginija Januskeviciute

    New York University
    Steinhardt School of Education
    Einstein Auditorium (1st Floor)
    34 Stuyvesant St. (between 2nd and 3rd Aves. at 9th St.)
    New York City
    7-9 pm
    October 25, 2010

    The Curator’s Perspective, ICI’s itinerant public discussion series, continues this fall with visiting curator Virginija Januskeviciute. Each event in The Curator’s Perspective series features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    Throughout October and November, Virginija Januskeviciute will participate in a series of public lectures in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania organized as part of her curatorial residency with ICI through the CEC ArtsLink Residencies program. This conversation series will highlight her experience as a curator from the former Soviet Bloc, and will focus on her interest in new curatorial strategies adopted by institutions today as they aim to engage in increasingly international and interdisciplinary projects or exhibitions. Her New York lecture on October 25 is hosted by NYU’s Department of Art and Art Professions, Visual Arts Administration M.A.Program.

    About Virginija Januskeviciute

    Virginija Januskeviciute is currently a curator at the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she has organized numerous projects such as The Joy is Not Mentioned, 2007, part of an ongoing 'young Lithuanian artists' series, and featuring Egle Budvytyte, Goda Budvytyte and Ieva Miseviciute; and For the First and the Second Time, 2008, an exhibition of artists investigating the history of Modernism, in collaboration with Stroom, a center for visual arts and architecture based in The Hague. Most recently Virginija is programming the Reading Room, CAC’s venue for talks, discussions, lectures, performances and presentations as well at curatorial and artistic experimentation.

    Over the years, Virginija has organized several large-scale international exhibitions, and individual projects with emerging and established artists. She has worked on a number of publications and played a crucial role in CAC TV – CAC’s weekly project for television offering a platform to young emerging artists. CAC TV was organized out of CAC and ran on local television from 2004 to 2007. In 2006 she participated in the Mobile Academy in Warsaw – an educational project by Hannah Hurtzig touring internationally since 1999. In 2007 Virginija organized iMagine, a seminar in Vilnius, one of the Public Preparation events of the Biennale of Young Artists in Tallinn. She also coordinated Vilnius Is Burning, an exhibition in Torino and accompanying book project curated by Raimundas Malasauskas.




    The Curator's Perspective: Virginija Januskeviciute is made possible, in part, by grants from CEC ArtsLink, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; by in-kind support from New York University; and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees, ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson, and ICI Partners and Patrons.

  • Alternative Curatorial Strategies Today

    Organized and hosted by ArtTable at Exit Art
    475 10th Avenue
    New York, NY 10018
    7-9pm
    October 22, 2010

    Moderator: Erin Donnelly, LMCC

    Participants: Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton, Forever & Today, Inc.; Allison Weisberg, Recess Activities; Michael Connor, Marian Spore; Regine Basha, Basha Projects/Grackleworld; Virginija Januškeviciute, CEC Artslink Fellow from Lithuania hosted by Independent Curators International; Radhika Subramaniam, Director/Chief Curator, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

  • What is Alternative?: Alternative Histories Symposia

    A program organized by
    Exit Art
    475 10th Avenue
    New York, NY 10018
    7-9pm
    October 15, 2010

    This symposia held in connection with the exhibition Alternative Histories at Exit Art will explain, expand, and expound on the history and future of alternative art spaces in New York City.

    Moderator: Robert Storr, Dean of Yale School of Art and former Curator in Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, NY (1990 – 2002

    Participants: Papo Colo, Artistic Director / Co-Founder, Exit Art; Martha Wilson, Founder / Director, Franklin Furnace; Peter Cramer and Jack Waters, Former Directors of ABC No Rio, Founders / Director of Le Petit Versailles; Bridget Finn, Cleopatra's

    This opening conversation amongst founders / directors of early and emerging alternative art spaces looks at the various definitions of an “alternative” space. Is alternative an accurate and appropriate word to describe its activities? What alternatives do these spaces provide, and for whom? What is the future of the alternative?

    You may RSVP here.

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 participating in the 2nd Annual Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival

    Downtown Greenfield, MA
    2 – 10 pm
    October 9, 2010

    The Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival presents cutting edge video art works from around the world in Greenfield, MA. The downtown is transformed into a temporary arts district with a selection of contemporary video art exhibitions displayed in a variety of historic buildings. The festival provides a unique and exciting venue for the public to encounter contemporary art in wonderful architectural spaces. Greenfield Community College, Fostering Art and Culture, and the University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts partner, with the support of the Greenfield Business Association, Greenfield building-owners, local businesses and the Mayor’s Office, to make the festival an unforgettable event.

    On the occasion of the 2nd annual Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival, works by renowned international and local artists are integrated with a selection from Independent Curators International's Project 35, a new program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. By expanding the network reflected by Project 35, these additions not only demonstrate video as a far-reaching medium, but as something also found in one's own backyard.

    For more information about the festival, please visit it's Website at http://greenfieldvideofest.org/.

    Image: Tracey Moffatt, Other, 2009

  • Exhibition Related: Henry Open House: Fall 2010

    Henry Art Gallery
    University of Washington
    15th Ave NE and NE 41st
    Seattle, WA 98195
    October 1, 2010

    Celebrate the opening of the Henry Art Gallery's presentation of Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture

    5:00 - 6:00 PM
    Talking Transfers
    Henry Auditorium
    Join exhibiting artists Jordan Kantor, Matt Keegan, Carter Mull, Lisa Oppenheim, Amanda Ross-Ho, Siebren Versteeg, and Erika Vogt for an intellectual prefunk with a panel discussion moderated by Seattle University Assistant Professor of Art History Ken Allan. This panel offers personal perspectives from the artists on the themes explored in the exhibition Image Transfer: Pictures in a Remix Culture curated by Sara Krajewski. Attendees are welcome to attend the Henry Open House Members Preview immediately following the discussion.

    6:00 - 8:00 PM Member Preview / Patron Lounge
    8:00 -10:00 PM General Admission
    Dance to classic, live Sixties Soul with The Witness, Glow-in-the-dark slideshow with Sol Hashemi, Image Transfer-inspired games in the Skyspace with Dawn Cerny and Joey Veltkamp, Design a cover for The Stranger, Gratis beer, wine, and delicious treats from Cupcake Royale

    Image credit: Sean Dack, Building (Sir Norman Foster), 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami

  • Notes towards a Lexicon of Urgencies

    DISPATCH #4: Mumbai
    By Nancy Adajania & Ranjit Hoskote
    October 1, 2010

    To our generation of cultural producers, location has long ago liberated itself from geography. We map our location on a transregional lattice of shifting nodes representing intense occasions of collegiality, temporary platforms of convocation, and transcultural collaborations. As we move along the shifting nodes of this lattice, we produce outcomes along a scale of forms ranging across informal conversations, formal symposia, self-renewing caucuses, periodic publications, anthologies, traveling exhibitions, film festivals, biennials, residencies, and research projects. This global system of cultural production takes its cue from the laboratory: as in all laboratories, the emphasis is on experiment and its precipitates. However, to the extent that this system is relayed across a structure of global circulations, it also possesses a dimension of theatre: a rather large proportion of its activity is in the nature of rehearsal and restaging.

    In this DISPATCH, we would like to address the dilemmas as well as the potentialities of a mode of cultural production that is based on global circulations yet is not merely circulatory; and a mode of life that is based on transnational mobility but is not without anchorage in regional predicaments.

    Read the DISPATCH here.

  • New York Studio Events: Marina Abramović

    Marina Abramović's NYC loft
    New York City
    September 29, 2010

    On September 29th, we invite you to take an intimate look at the creative process of artist Marina Abramović. ICI is delighted to join Marina in her New York City loft for an in depth look at an artist who has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. For Marina, the body has always been both her subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion, and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation.

    Marina Abramović is represented here in New York by Sean Kelly Gallery. On October 13, 2010 the artist will open her premiere exhibition with Lisson Gallery in London. This past March, the Museum of Modern Art held The Artist Is Present, a major retrospective and performance recreation of Marina's work, and the largest exhibition of performance art in MoMA's history. We look forward to hearing the artist's reflections on this immense exhibition.

    This event is for ICI Members only.

  • New York Studio Events: Olaf Breuning

    Olaf Breuning Studio
    New York City
    September 21, 2010

    Our first Fall New York Studio Event offers ICI members the exciting opportunity to engage with experimental, cross-media artist Olaf Breuning. Olaf will welcome us into his Tribeca studio for an exclusive look into his playful working methods and his most recent body of work. The artist will share his own personal insight into his extraordinary labyrinth of inspiration stemming from Woody Allen to the World Wide Web.

    In addition to working with Metro Pictures here in New York, Olaf also exhibits at: Nils Staerk in Copenhagen, Air de Paris in Paris, Kodama Gallery in Tokyo and Kyoto, Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna, Galerie Nicola von Senger in Zurich, and Michael Benevento in Los Angeles. Last Fall Olaf had his fifth solo show at Metro Pictures titled Small Brain Big Stomach. The exhibition included an array of comically mischievous wall-bound drawings and sculptures. Currently, you can find a solo exhibition of Olaf’s work at the Centre d'Art Contemporain at La Chapelle du Genêteil, France (July 3rd – August 29th).

    *Please note: The visit will take place in the artist’s studio in a 5th floor walk up building; there is unfortunately no elevator available for use.

    This event is for ICI Members only.

  • The Curatorial Intensive: Summer 2010 Proposals

    Now on view online.
    September 16, 2010

    The Curatorial Intensive is ICI's new short-course training program that supports curators through the process of developing ideas for exhibitions into full exhibition proposals. Since the workshop phase of the first Curatorial Intensive ended in June 2010, ICI has continued to work with participants long-distance to finalize their proposals, now on view on our website.

    Read full proposals by Robin Atkinson (New Orleans); Jon Davies (Toronto); Anja de Klerk (Cape Town); Lucy Gallun (New York); Marie Heilich (St. Louis); Andrea Hill (New York); Mariluz Hoyos (New York); Elite Kedan (Miami); Qinyi Lim (Singapore); Bakirathi Mani (Philadelphia); JJ Kegan McFadden (Winnipeg); Eriola Pira (New York); Jordan Stein (San Francisco); and Pieter Vermeulen (Antwerp).

    Read the proposals.

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening

    Lifehouse, 33 Sinari Daranijo, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
    August 27, 2010

    Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Friday, August 27th.
    4:00 - 7:00 pm

    For more information contact Oyinda Fakeye on +234 7055680104 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Photo credit: Ho Tzu Nyen, Episode 3, Tang Da Wu – The Most Radical Gesture, from 4 x 4 – Episodes of Singapore Art, 2005

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening and Talk

    Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos Nigeria
    August 26, 2010

    Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Thursday, August 26th. This event will also be accompanied by a talk.
    Screening: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Talk: 12:00 pm

    For more information contact Oyinda Fakeye on +234 7055680104 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Photo credit: Sammy Baloji, Memory, 2005

  • ICI Summer Book Sale

    ICI Offices, 799 Broadway #205,
    New York, NY 10003
    August 20, 2010

    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 & 21, 2010

    FRI: 10 – 7PM, SATURDAY 10-3PM

    Our spring 2010 book sale was such a roaring success with art book enthusiasts, ICI presents its final publications event for the year back by popular demand, hosting a late summer book sale just in time for the start of a new semester.

    During 35 years of operation ICI has produced and collaborated on hundreds of high-quality exhibition catalogues, many of which now constitute historic contextualizations of artists, institutions, and moments in art history. On August 20 & 21, ICI will open its offices to the public for a two-day “back-to-school” book sale featuring current and past titles at discounted prices.

    Classics such as ICI’s compendium of artist’s interviews Inside the Studio and current exhibition titles such as Experimental Geography will be $10 each instead of the usual $29.95. All current exhibition titles will be generously discounted, with many older titles sold for $2, $5 and $10. Don’t miss this opportunity to browse ICI’s eminent inventory of old and new catalogues and essay collections.

    If you can’t make it to our offices, ICI’s online bookstore (featuring current titles only) will also reflect our book sale prices for the whole week beginning August 16. Go to http://www.ici-exhibitions.org to access ICI’s online store.

    Individuals or booksellers requiring further information should contact Michelle Jubin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212 254 8200 x21.

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening

    E Për7shmja, Tirana, Albania
    August 17, 2010

    Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Tuesday, August 17th.
    8:30 pm

    E Për7shmja exists somewhere between a library/bookstore, publishing house, poetry reading, film screening, gallery and a coffee house.

    Photo credit: Kota Ezawa, Lennon Sontag Beuys, 2004

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening

    Qendra Sociale (Social Center), Tirana, Albania
    August 16, 2010

    Discs 1 and 2 of Project 35 will be screened on Monday, August 16th.
    8:30 pm

    Qendra Sociale is the physical space for the gathering and manifestation of a collective initiative to advance critical discourse and political thought under the auspices of a think tank, a newspaper, various publications, and a strong web presence in Albania and internationally. Qendra is a common space, a social act founded on the idea of developing and supporting artistic and cultural events along side political engagement. For more information about the social center, please visit their blog at http://saktivista.com/.

    Photo credit: Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Topic 1: Contemporary Art, 2006

  • The Curatorial Intensive: Call for Applications

    Application Deadline: August 13
    August 9, 2010

    A training intensive for aspiring curators

    Building on its history as a hub for curatorial ideas, ICI is supporting curators to develop exhibition proposals and create new professional networks.

    This October in New York ICI is organizing The Curatorial Intensive for emerging curators internationally who want to learn about curating in the public realm. From an open competition, 10-14 individuals will be selected to study with some of today’s leading practitioners working within the rapidly growing field known as public practice.

    Teachers and advisors for this program include Nicholas Baume (Director and Chief Curator, Public Art Fund); Claire Bishop (Associate Professor, Ph.D. Program in Art History, CUNY); Dan Cameron (Founding Director, Prospect New Orleans); Kate Fowle (Executive Director, ICI); Mary Jane Jacob (Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions, SAIC); Richard Marshall (Curator, Lever House); Anne Pasternak (President and Artistic Director, Creative Time); and Nato Thompson (Chief Curator, Creative Time).

    Read more about The Curatorial Intensive here.

  • Specters of San Francisco Magazines

    DISPATCH: San Francisco
    By Joseph del Pesco
    July 21, 2010

    Since the 1960s more than a dozen contemporary art magazines have circulated in the San Francisco Bay Area. A few have left but continued printing, but at present no printed periodical addressing contemporary art remains. There have been some gaps in coverage over the years, but looking back over the timeline, from the Sixties up to the present there’s always been at least one critical journal. This doesn’t, of course, mean they’ve been wildly successful or even widely distributed. This turn-over and transience is typical of the Bay Area, a place where new ideas are tolerated if not encouraged, and the persistent appearance of yet another new initiative means there’s always been an active scene here, if only just in the process of becoming.

    Read the DISPATCH here.

  • Exhibition Related: Experimental Geography Panel Discussion

    The Graduate Center, CUNY
    Elebash Recital Hall
    365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    6-7:15 pm
    July 20, 2010

    Experimental Geography gathers artists whose work not only explores the earth’s surface, but also provide points of departure that exceed the strict terrain of art. Ranging from the deeply poetic to the strictly empirical, these works toy with the complicated mixture of aesthetic poetry, geographic materiality and empirical fact. This panel discussion featured Experimental Geography exhibition curator Nato Thompson, artists Lize Mogel and Trevor Paglen, and David Harvey, social theorist and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

    Watch videos of the entire panel discussion on YouTube












    This event was co-organized by Independent Curators International (ICI) and The Graduate Center in conjunction with the James Gallery’s presentation of Experimental Geography on view at The Graduate Center from June 24-August 27, 2010.

    Learn more about Experimental Geography.

    Image caption: Lize Mogel, Mappa Mundi, 2008

  • The Curator's Perspective: Zoe Butt

    PPOW Gallery
    511 West 25th Street, 3rd Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    6:30-8:30pm
    July 14, 2010

    On Wednesday, July 14, Zoe Butt will talk about her experiences collaborating with artists to forge new practices of both curatorship and creation in the volatile world of China, Vietnam and across the global south. Presenting her work at San Art in Ho Chi Minh City as well as a series of recent artist projects including Xu Zhen’s The Starving of Sudan project, Yang Shaobin’s X-Blindspot project, and Dinh Q Le’s Farmers and the Helicopters project (currently on view at MoMA), Butt will explore context and the limitations and boundaries in the production and presentation of art.

    This is the summer installment of The Curator’s Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series that features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    This event will be preceded by a small wine reception at 6:30 pm. The Curator’s Perspective is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x26.

    About Zoe Butt

    Zoe Butt is Curator and Director (Programs and Development) for San Art, an independent artist-run gallery space and reading room in Ho Chi Minh City. She is also Curatorial Manager for Post Vi-Dai, a private collection of contemporary Vietnamese art based between Ho Chi Minh City and Geneva. Previously she was Director, International Programs, Long March Project – a complex, multi-platform, international artist organization and ongoing art project based in Beijing, China. Prior to this she was Assistant Curator, Contemporary Asian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia where she assisted in the development of the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT); key acquisitions for the Contemporary Asian art collection, and other associated gallery programs. For over 10 years she has been researching contemporary Asian art and has both independently and collaboratively curated exhibitions and contributed to various international art publications that have reflected the dynamic art of this region.

    Read Zoe Butt's DISPATCH.

    Visit Post Vi-Dai's website.




    This season of The Curator’s Perspective has been made possible by the support of Agnes Gund.

  • Exhibition Related: People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Haverford

    Haverford College
    370 Lancaster Avenue
    Haverford, PA
    June 29, 2010

    PUBLIC TALK

    Tuesday, June 29, 6:30 pm
    Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Lecture by Curator Harrell Fletcher on People’s Biennial and his own practice.

    OPEN CALL FOR WORK

    Thursday, July 1, 2010
    Artists are invited to attend one of the following open call events with Curator Harrell Fletcher.

    9 am-12 pm – HAVERFORD COLLEGE, FOUNDERS GREAT HALL
    Haverford College, 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041

    4 pm-7 pm – FRIENDS CENTER, 15TH AND CHERRY STREETS
    Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • GNY: Rotating Gallery

    the backroom, curated by Kate Fowle
    MoMA's PS1, First Floor Drawing Gallery
    June 19, 2010

    On view June 19–July 25

    Recognizing that Greater New York is introducing many new voices and practices to a broad audience for the first time, the backroom invites the exhibitors to present source materials that inform and support their thinking, extending the potential for getting to know the artists and their work. More akin to a temporary archive and reading room than an exhibition, the backroom consists of participant’s influences, inspiration, and research.

    Of the artists that responded to the invitation some loaned ephemera referencing a person or event that is inspirational to them, while others’ contributed documents, objects, other people’s artwork, written anecdotes, audio, and video footage that has ongoing relevance. Whether the materials relate to their processes, or reveal social, cultural, and political stimuli, together the contents of the backroom creates an informal and non-systematic record of what the artists currently pay attention to in their daily practice. Visitors are invited to browse the materials according to their own interests, or search by referencing the binders that catalogue the items submitted by each artist.

    Contributions include: An hour-long, taped astrology reading of one of the artist’s life from infancy to age 30 that she heard for the first time when she was 31; images of unknown artworks found on the internet; “La Peinture Incarnee,” a text by Georges Didi-Huberman dealing with ‘pan’ and the incarnate in painting, referring to Balzac's ‘Unknown Masterpiece,’ translated and repeated as a mantra; material about Combatants for Peace; a cardboard candy box with cellophane and strings; a personalized Indian rag composition; clothes that inspire photo shoots; participatory research into artists’ economies; photos of eastern European interiors with women in semi-erotic poses; a Schiaparelli hat box lid with projected snapshots of Trisha Brown dances re-enacted in the Tuileries; a compilation of photographs from press releases of every exhibition the artist visited in the last year; a recording of ‘Touching you in ways that don’t feel comfortable’ by Blood Sausage (1992); objects that reference the artist’s understanding of her life in relation to her parents; data and maps of the 'arc of deforestation' and the production of soy in the Amazon; photos of Carl Van Vechten’s ceramic cat collection; and more….

    the backroom is an extension of a project initiated by Magali Arriola, Kate Fowle, and Renaud Proch over 4 months in 2005 in Los Angeles, that has since had incarnations in San Francisco, Paris, Mexico City, and Orange County. Over 60 artists, filmmakers, writers, and architects from around the world have participated in past versions.

    Go to http://www.the-backroom.org for details. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is the project manager for the GNY backroom.

  • The Curator’s Index

    An online guide to all things curating for members of The Curator's Network
    May 29, 2010

    The Curator’s Index is your online guide to all things curating. In the index, ICI posts the information we think you should know about, including event listings and exhibition announcements; current job and fellowship opportunities; calls for exhibition proposals and conference papers; and online versions of ICI publications and other resources, as well as selected materials from collaborating organizations.You can also find information on how to reserve low-fee meeting and work spaces in ICI's Manhattan offices, purchase discounted publications, and learn about upcoming ICI events and projects. The index evolves and expands in relation to the interests and professional needs of The Curator’s Network. Suggestions, comments, and additions from our network are always welcome.

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  • The Curator's Perspective: Sergio Edelsztein

    303 Gallery
    547 West 21st Street
    New York, NY 10011
    7-8:30 pm
    May 27, 2010

    On Thursday, May 27, Sergio Edelsztein will speak on political activism in Israeli video art in conversation with Kate Fowle, ICI’s executive director. This talk will be the third spring installment of The Curator's Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series in venues throughout New York that was instigated in Fall 2009. Each incarnation features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world. Speakers have included Vasif Kortun (Istanbul), Lars Bang Larsen (Copenhagen/Barcelona), Ana Paula Cohen (São Paulo), María del Carmen Carrión (Quito), and Bisi Silva (Lagos). The talks have provided opportunities for international curators to directly engage with New York audiences (curators, artists, and enthusiasts) to facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas as a consequence of face-to-face conversations.

    This event will be preceded by a small wine reception at 6:30 pm. The Curator's Perspective is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x26.

    About Sergio Edelsztein

    Sergio Edelsztein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1956 and studied at the Tel Aviv University from 1976-85. Edelsztein founded and directed Artifact Gallery in Tel Aviv (1987-1995), and in 1995 founded The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv where he has been director and chief curator ever since. In the framework of the CCA, he curated seven Performance Art Biennials and four International Video Art Biennials. He has also curated numerous experimental and video art screenings, retrospectives, and performance events. Since 1995 he has curated exhibitions and time-based events in Spain, China and elsewhere, as well as the Israeli participation at the 24th São Paulo Biennial and the 2005 Israeli Pavilion at the 51st Biennale in Venice. Edelsztein has lectured, presented video programs and published writings in Israel, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Austria, Germany, China, the USA, Argentina, and other countries, and has written extensively for catalogues, web sites, and publications.

    This season of The Curator’s Perspective has been made possible by the support of Agnes Gund.

  • Exhibition Related: People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Winston-Salem

    Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
    750 Marguerite Drive
    Winston-Salem, NC
    May 20, 2010

    During the curators’ visit to Winston-Salem this month, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is holding two special public events to introduce the curators and to celebrate North Carolina practices being considered for People's Biennial.

    Details are as follows:

    Curator’s Talk & Roundtable Discussion
    Thursday, May 20 @ The Enrichment Center
    4265 Brownsboro Road (corner of Marshall and Salem Streets across from the Hewitt Business Center)
    7 p.m.– 9 p.m.
    FREE

    True to the unconventional philosophy of “People’s Biennial,” the curators of this project are not your typical curators. Harrell Fletcher is a pioneering artist in the field of socially-driven art, and a professor at one of the first universities in the country (Portland State) to teach social practice as a medium on par with painting or sculpture. Jens Hoffmann has worked in some of the most prominent galleries in the world (London ICA; Wattis Institute, San Francisco), but his approach is consistently unorthodox. Coming from a background in theatre, Hoffmann uses every seeming constant in the exhibition process as the opportunity for experimentation. Join Fletcher and Hoffmann as they provide a lively overview of their practices, and discuss their motivations for organizing the “People’s Biennial.” Following their presentations, the curators will be joined by Independent Curators International (ICI) Deputy Director Renaud Proch, and SECCA Curator of Contemporary Art Steven Matijcio, for an open forum discussion. This is the public’s opportunity to participate in the project. SECCA invites thoughts, opinions, recommendations and feedback to make the “People’s Biennial” a project that truly represents all facets of creativity in North Carolina.

    Please come to the Enrichment Center on Thursday, May 20 for an evening of free-flowing conversation and brainstorming.

    “Show & Tell” Public Forum
    Saturday, May 22 @ Krankies
    211 East Third St.
    10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    FREE

    Over years of organizing projects that celebrate process as much as product, curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann stretch the notions of what can be considered art. This question fuels the philosophy of “People’s Biennial.” On Saturday, May 22, people from across North Carolina will be presenting their work to the curators for the “People’s Biennial” as Fletcher and Hoffmann make their final selections for the exhibition. Five people will be chosen to participate in the nationally touring show. By attending, members of the public will have the opportunity to be part of the process. SECCA will be documenting the day with photos and video, and some of this documentation will be included in the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition. This is also a day to connect with your community and discover the great things being done in North Carolina. Participants will be laying their work out on tables and speaking to the curators throughout the day. SECCA invites you to see their work, meet the artists, and enjoy an event filled with the unexpected. From crochet, hairstyles, woodworking and robots to handmade guitars, books, photography, drawing, sculpture and video, this is an unparalleled opportunity to discover what everyday people are creating all around us.

    For additional information on these programs, please contact Endia Beal, SECCA programs assistant, at (336) 397-2109 or by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening & Discussion with Susan Hapgood

    The Douglas Hyde Gallery
    Trinity College Dublin
    C. Dublin, Ireland
    5-6:30pm
    May 13, 2010

    Susan Hapgood, Director of Exhibitions at Independent Curators International (ICI), will introduce a special screening of Project 35, an exhibition of video works selected by 35 international curators at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin on May 13.

    Prior to this event, Susan will speak at EV+A in Limerick on May 12 for the Series of Space day long seminar. Covering both professional and personal terrain, Susan Hapgood will reflect upon the ways space and scale intertwine deeply throughout her daily practice of conceiving contemporary art exhibitions, developing them in collaboration, and eventually sending them out into the world. She will travel from the global to the imaginary with short stops at many places in between, unabashedly playing with the ideas in Georges Perec’s Species of Space.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

  • The Curator's Perspective: Bisi Silva

    New Museum
    235 Bowery
    New York, NY
    4-6 pm
    May 9, 2010

    ICI (Independent Curators International) has developed its first touring curatorial conversation with Bisi Silva, an independent curator and the founder/director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. Throughout May, Silva will participate in a series of public lectures, panel discussions, and conversations across the U.S., including Chicago, Houston, New York, Williamstown, MA, and Newark, NJ.

    The conversation series will explore the growing impact of transnational practice, using Silva’s extensive curatorial experiences across Africa, Asia, and Europe as a starting point for discussion. Looking at the potential for new dynamic forms of exhibition-making and cultural exchange, Silva will present her research into artists, as well as respond to questions posed on the subjects of the expansion of curatorial networks and emerging collaborative institutional models around the world.

    Organized as part of ICI’s new programming initiatives that provide a platform for innovative curators to directly connect with diverse publics, this conversation series will be Silva’s first visit to the United States in over a decade. ICI’s executive director Kate Fowle will moderate the conversations and each event will be recorded, so that transcripts and edited video footage can be made available on ICI’s website.

    May 9, 2010
    4-6 pm
    The Curator’s Perspective with Bisi Silva
    New Museum
    235 Bowery
    New York, NY

    Bisi Silva will present at ICI’s The Curator’s Perspective, an itinerant public discussion series, featuring an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    About Bisi Silva

    Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos), which opened in December 2007. She was co-curator of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty (September 2009), as well as Maputo: A tale of One City (February 2009). In 2008 she was co-selector with Portuguese curator Isabel Carlos for the international Artists’ Prize, Artes Mundi 3. In 2007 Silva co-curated Contact Zone: Contemporary Art from West and North Africa at the National Museum of Mali, as well as Telling… Contemporary Finnish photography at the 7th African photography biennale in Bamako. As director of CCA, Lagos, she has curated Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi and The Art of the Album Cover (2007); Ndidi Dike, Waka-into-bondage:The Last ¾ Mile (2008) and George Osodi, Paradise Lost: Revisiting the Niger Delta (2008) as well as ‘Like A Virgin...’, Lucy Azubuike (NIG) and Zanele Muholi (SA) (2009). In 2006 Silva co-curated the Dakar Biennale in Senegal. Other recent curatorial projects include In the Light of Play at Durban Art Gallery and Johannesburg Art Fair (March/April 2009) and Chance Encounters, Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (April/May 2009) and Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (Aug/Oct 2009). Silva has written for international art magazines and journals such as Artforum, artinfo.com, Art Monthly, Untitled, Third Text, M Metropolis, Agufon, and for Nigerian newspapers such as ThisDay and 234Next. She is on the editorial board of N Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal.

    Read Bisi's blog of her trip to the United States here.

  • Exhibition Related: FAX Talk with João Ribas

    Burnaby Art Gallery
    6344 Deer Lake Avenue
    Burnaby, Canada
    3:30-5 pm
    May 8, 2010

    The Burnaby Art Gallery presents a lecture with João Ribas for their presentation of FAX.

    Curated by Ribas, FAX invites artists, architects, designers, scientists, and filmmakers to think of the fax machine as a drawing tool. Read more about the exhibition here. The exhibition was co-organized by The Drawing Center, New York, and ICI, and circulated by ICI.

    All Burnaby Art Gallery Lecture Series events are free of charge, however seating is limited. To reserve your spot call 604.297.4422. For more information visit burnabyartgallery.ca

  • On The Move: Beyond the White Cube II

    A panel discussion with João Ribas, Abigail Satinsky, and Bisi Silva
    Art Chicago
    NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL
    May 1, 2010

    5:30-7 pm
    Converge Curators Forum
    Beyond the White Cube II: International Networks

    How can the expansion of curatorial networks and collaborative practice between institutions internationally start to build the potential for new forms of exhibitions and exchange? How are practitioners re-thinking and re-defining their roles?

    Moderated by Kate Fowle, Executive Director of ICI (Independent Curators International), panelists include João Ribas, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; Abigail Satinsky, Co-director, InCUBATE, Chicago; and Bisi Silva, Founder and Director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria.

  • On The Move: Bisi Silva

    A traveling conversation series in Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Texas
    May 1, 2010

    ICI (Independent Curators International) has developed its first touring curatorial conversation with Bisi Silva, an independent curator and the founder/director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. Throughout May, Silva will participate in a series of public lectures, panel discussions, and conversations across the U.S., including Chicago, Houston, New York, Williamstown, MA, and Newark, NJ.

    The conversation series will explore the growing impact of transnational practice, using Silva’s extensive curatorial experiences across Africa, Asia, and Europe as a starting point for discussion. Looking at the potential for new dynamic forms of exhibition-making and cultural exchange, Silva will present her research into artists, as well as respond to questions posed on the subjects of the expansion of curatorial networks and emerging collaborative institutional models around the world.

    Organized as part of ICI’s new programming initiatives that provide a platform for innovative curators to directly connect with diverse publics, this conversation series will be Silva’s first visit to the United States in over a decade. ICI’s executive director Kate Fowle will moderate the conversations and each event will be recorded, so that transcripts and edited video footage can be made available on ICI’s website.

    Conversation Series Tour

    May 1, 2010
    5-6:30 pm
    Beyond the White Cube II: International Networks
    NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
    Converge Curators Forum, Art Chicago
    Chicago, IL

    How can the expansion of curatorial networks and collaborative practice between institutions internationally start to build the potential for new forms of exhibitions and exchange? How are practitioners re-thinking and re-defining their roles? Moderated by Kate Fowle, Executive Director of ICI (Independent Curators International), panelists include João Ribas, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; Abigail Satinsky, Co-director, InCUBATE, Chicago; and Bisi Silva.

    May 5, 2010
    6:30-8:30 pm
    MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts)
    80 Hanson Place
    Brooklyn, NY

    MoCADA, Independent Curators International and the Museum for African Art are partnering together to bring Bisi Silva to Brooklyn! Bisi Silva is an internationally acclaimed curator, art critic and, more recently, the founder and director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. Silva will speak about her history as a curator, past, present and future, her journey starting the CAA and will highlight artists she has been working with in Nigeria and throughout the continent. Following will be a roundtable discussion between Ms. Silva, Lisa Binder, Assistant Curator at Museum for African Art and Kimberli Gant, Exhibitions Director at MoCADA on the role of curators in developing African and African Diasporan artists.

    May 6, 2010
    5:30-7 pm
    The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
    225 South Street
    Williamstown, MA

    In conversation with Natasha Becker, Mellon Assistant Director of Research and Academic Program, Bisi Silva will continue her dialogue on transnational curatorial practices and current research areas.

    May 7, 2010
    6-7 pm
    Newark Museum
    49 Washington Street
    Newark, NJ

    Newark Museum curator Christa Clarke and Bisi Silva discuss issues of curatorial practice in conjunction with the opening of a new gallery devoted to contemporary arts of Africa from the Museum’s permanent collection, the first such gallery in the country.

    May 9, 2010
    4-6 pm
    The Curator’s Perspective with Bisi Silva
    New Museum
    235 Bowery
    New York, NY

    Bisi Silva will present at ICI’s The Curator’s Perspecitve, an itinerant public discussion series, featuring an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    May 10, 2010
    8 pm
    The Menil Collection
    1515 Sul Ross Street
    Houston, TX

    Bisi Silva wraps up her conversation series at the Menil Collection with curator Kristina Van Dyke, discussing themes that have emerged during the lectures around the country as well as highlighting areas of her own practice and research.


    About Bisi Silva

    Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos), which opened in December 2007. She was co-curator of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty (September 2009), as well as Maputo: A tale of One City (February 2009). In 2008 she was co-selector with Portuguese curator Isabel Carlos for the international Artists’ Prize, Artes Mundi 3. In 2007 Silva co-curated Contact Zone: Contemporary Art from West and North Africa at the National Museum of Mali, as well as Telling… Contemporary Finnish photography at the 7th African photography biennale in Bamako. As director of CCA, Lagos, she has curated Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi and The Art of the Album Cover (2007); Ndidi Dike, Waka-into-bondage:The Last ¾ Mile (2008) and George Osodi, Paradise Lost: Revisiting the Niger Delta (2008) as well as ‘Like A Virgin...’, Lucy Azubuike (NIG) and Zanele Muholi (SA) (2009). In 2006 Silva co-curated the Dakar Biennale in Senegal. Other recent curatorial projects include In the Light of Play at Durban Art Gallery and Johannesburg Art Fair (March/April 2009) and Chance Encounters, Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (April/May 2009) and Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (Aug/Oct 2009). Silva has written for international art magazines and journals such as Artforum, artinfo.com, Art Monthly, Untitled, Third Text, M Metropolis, Agufon, and for Nigerian newspapers such as ThisDay and 234Next. She is on the editorial board of N Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal.

    Read Bisi's blog of her trip to the United States here.

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening

    Converge Curators Forum, Art Chicago
    The Merchandise Mart
    NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL
    April 30, 2010

    ICI will present special screenings of Project 35 in the NEXT Talk Shop during the Chicago Art Fair from April 30-May 3, 2010.

    Project 35 is an evolving exhibition of video works selected by 35 international curators and designed in a flexible presentation format, reflecting the diversity and unique nature of the many national and international art spaces ICI partners with. For Project 35, each curator has been invited to select one artist’s video that they think vital for contemporary art audiences across the globe. The result heralds the new decade, and showcases a new exhibition concept for ICI, with an eclectic compilation of works that reveal the global reach that video has achieved as a contemporary art medium today. It is most fitting that this project begins with Guy Ben-Ner’s Berkeley’s Island (1999), which refers to George Berkeley’s famous dictum “to be is to be perceived”. It is the curators’ and ICI’s hope that these videos are “perceived” by diverse communities within the exhibitions spaces that Project 35 will travel to, inspiring debate and functioning as an international catalyst for dialogue and exchange.

    Read more about Project 35 here

    Photo credit: Robert Cauble, Alice In Wonderland or Who is Guy Debord?, 2003

  • New York Studio Events: Carrie Mae Weems

    Jack Shainman Gallery
    513 West 20th Street
    New York City
    April 21, 2010

    An ICI members’ favorite in last year’s New York Studio Events survey, Carrie Mae Weems will take us on a private visit of her exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery, unlocking the secrets behind the imagery in her new work. This is a special preview of the exhibition, exclusively for iCI members, held on the evening before the opening. Weems’ recent feature on art:21, which aired this Fall on PBS, showed her insatiable passion for history. In 40 years of artistic practice, she has mined the history of American photography, exhorting its spirits to come back to life. She has brought to American photography a reflective body of work that has time and again exposed much of the American imagination and collective unconscious.

    This event is for ICI Members at the $500 level and above only.


  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening

    Mexico City, Mexico
    8:30 pm
    April 16, 2010

    Independent Curators International presents Project 35, a screening of videos selected by curators from around the world. This event is presented as part of ZONAmaco and has been sponsored by Casa Vecina-Espacio Cultural, through the Fundación del Centro Histórico A.C.

    This event is private and by invitation only.

    Photo credit: Dan Halter, Untitled (Zimbabwean Queen of Rave), 2005

  • ICI Spring Book Sale

    Independent Curators International
    799 Broadway, Suite 205
    New York, NY 10003
    2-7 pm
    April 15, 2010

    ICI’s Online Bookstore discounts will be available all day

    During 35 years of operation ICI has produced and collaborated on hundreds of high-quality exhibition catalogues, many of which now constitute historic contextualizations of artists, institutions, and moments in art history. On April 15 ICI will open its offices to the public for a one-day book sale featuring current and past titles at discounted prices.

    Classics such as ICI’s compendium of artist’s interviews Inside the Studio and current exhibition titles such as Experimental Geography will be $10 each instead of the usual $29.95. All current exhibition titles will be generously discounted, with many older titles sold for $2, $5 and $10. Don’t miss this opportunity to browse ICI’s eminent inventory of old and new catalogues and essay collections.

    If you can’t make it to our offices, ICI’s online bookstore (featuring current titles only) will also reflect our book sale prices for the whole day on April 15. Go here to access ICI’s online store.


    Some featured titles include:

    High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975
    Slightly Unbalanced
    What Sound Does a Color Make?
    Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent Art
    Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence
    Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports
    Space is the Place
    At the Threshold of the Visible: Miniscule and Small-Scale Art, 1964-1996
    Experimental Geography
    The Storyteller
    Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political
    Thin Skin: The Fickle Nature of Bubbles, Spheres, and Inflatable Structures
    Eye for I: Video Self-Portraits
    After Matisse
    After Perestroika: Kitchenmaids or Stateswomen
    From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS
    A Different War: Vietnam in Art
    David Smith: Medals for Dishonor
    Empty Dress: Clothing as Surrogate in Recent Art
    100 Artists See God
    Meret Oppenheim: Beyond the Teacup
    Hybrid Neutral: Modes of Abstraction in the Social
    My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation
    Beyond Green: Toward A Sustainable Art
    Monumental Propaganda
    The Paper Sculpture Show
    Painting Zero Degree

    and many more…..

    DIRECTIONS

    ICI is located steps from Union Square subway lines. Walk south three blocks from Union Square on Broadway. ICI is located at 799 Broadway at East 11th Street, just past The Strand bookstore. ICI’s offices are on the 2nd floor in Suite 205.

    Individuals or booksellers requiring further information should contact Michelle Jubin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212 254 8200 x21.

  • Exhibition Related: People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Rapid City

    Dahl Arts Center
    713 7th Street
    Rapid City, SD
    April 8, 2010

    The People’s Biennial exhibition planners are coming to this area April 8-10 to review art for an exhibition that will travel nationwide in 2010-2012. They are looking for under-appreciated art by creative people of all kinds.

    Want to be a part? There are several ways to get involved:

    Join the Conversation
    Friday April 9, 7 pm • Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, SD
    Learn about this unique opportunity to exhibit nationally in the ICI People's Biennial. Hear about the work of Jens Hoffmann and Harrell Fletcher. Exchange thoughts on creating art in our isolated region.

    Show Them What You’ve Got
    Thursday April 8 • 10am – noon • Sacred Heart Church – Pine Ridge, SD
    Thursday April 8 • 4pm – 6pm • OLC, Piya Wiconi Campus - Kyle, SD
    Saturday April 10 • 11am - 3pm • Dahl Arts Center - Rapid City, SD

    Bring your artwork and/or images to these informal sessions where exhibition planners will meet with artists. All participants in the open call sessions will be photographed with their work and documented as a part of the project during the exhibition. The goal is to discover five artists from our region to be included in this unique exhibit opportunity.

    Nominate Artists
    (yourself or your friends)
    Send images and contact info to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    For more information: http://www.thedahl.org

    Image caption: works viewed in Kyle, SD (April 8, 2010)

  • Exhibition Related: The Storyteller: Stories and Panel Discussion

    The New School
    Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
    and Tishman Auditorium
    New York City
    April 7, 2010

    STORIES
    The National Theater of the United States of America:
    THE GOLDEN VEIL
    Wednesday, April 7, 2010—6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
    The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
    55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
    Admission: Free

    On occasion of the exhibition The Storyteller at Parsons, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics are pleased to present the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA). The company performs an excerpt from their new play, THE GOLDEN VEIL, followed by a discussion about their practice.

    Written by company member Normandy Sherwood and created collaboratively by the ensemble, THE GOLDEN VEIL is what NTUSA refers to as "cautionary entertainment." A distillation of the company's design aesthetic and their re-writing of the history of American entertainment, it is a three-person play performed on an entirely hand-crafted, collapsible set. The play explores the picaresque narrative in the tradition of Nathaniel West’s A Cool Million and Thackeray’s Barry Lyndon and the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. At the same time, it illuminates how teller and circumstances of telling shape the stories and myths we share as Americans.

    PANEL DISCUSSION
    Confounding Expectations XI: Open Cover Before Striking
    Thursday, April 8, 2010—7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    The New School, Tishman Auditorium
    66 West 12th Street
    Admission: Free

    This panel discussion examines the viability of the conventionally printed and published book —monographic, serial, facsimile, high-value, low-budget, no-budget, and otherwise—as a means of artistic production in view of digital media. At a time of mass convergence, when much of the social experience is structured by virtual, electronic means, how might the physical and material residue of small-scale publications distinguish themselves from a space apart for resistance and subjectivity? Moderated by Gil Blank, the panel includes artists Roe Ethridge and Collier Schorr, alongside with James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information.

    The Aperture Foundation, publisher of Aperture magazine, is a not-for-profit institution dedicated to the support and advancement of photography as a fine art. In collaboration with the Photography Program in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, Confounding Expectations XI is generously supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Henry Nias Foundation, the ASMP Fund, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. The lecture series has been hosted by The New School since 2001.

    Participants
    Collier Schorr, artist and author of Blumen (2010)
    Roe Ethridge, artist and author of Rockaway, NY (2008)
    James Hoff and Miriam Katzeff, publishers and founders of Primary Information
    Gil Blank, photographer and founding editor of Influence magazine

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening

    LAXART
    2640 S. La Cienega
    Los Angeles, CA
    7 pm
    March 30, 2010

    Free and open to the public.

    LAXART is pleased to present a special screening of Project 35, a program of single-channel videos that was instigated by Independent Curators International (ICI). 35 international curators were invited to each choose one work from an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting selection unfolds in four chapters over a period of a year, and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues worldwide.

    Next Tuesday, Kate Fowle, ICI’s Executive Director, will introduce the first chapter of Project 35 at LAXART. In this first compilation, the works range from re-interpretations of philosophical propositions to uprisings and protests in South Africa, propaganda news broadcasts in China, and emerging youth culture in modern-day Ho Chi Minh City. The selection also points to developments in the practice and reveals a diversity of approaches now taking to the medium, using various animation techniques, as well as borrowing from the language of cinema, performance, and even YouTube to produce works that weave between documentary and fiction.

    With videos by: Guy Ben-Ner / Robert Cauble / Kota Ezawa / Dan Halter / Tuan Andrew Nguyen & Phu Nam Thuc Ha / Edwin Sanchez / Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz / Yukihiro Taguchi / Zhou Xiaohu

    Curated by ICI and: Zoe Butt / Mai Abu ElDahab / Lu Jie / Mami Kataoka / Constance Lewallen / Raimundas Malasauskas / José Roca / Franklin Sirmans / Kathryn Smith

    Project 35 is produced and circulated by ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from the Cowles Charitable Trust; Foundation for Contemporary Art; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Toby Fund; the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Benefactors Barbara and John Robinson.

    Image caption: Edwin Sanchez, Clases de cuchillo (knife lessons), 2006-07

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  • Exhibition Related: The Storyteller: Film Screenings

    Parsons The New School for Design
    Kellen Auditorium
    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    66 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street
    New York City
    March 27, 2010

    Friday, February 5
    2:30 pm - Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, The Battle of Orgreave
    4:00 pm - Liisa Roberts, What's the Time in Vyborg? (with an introduction by the artist)

    Saturday, February 20
    2:30 and 3:45 pm - Omer Fast, Spielberg's List

    Friday, March 5
    3:00 and 4:30 pm - Omer Fast, Spielberg's List

    Saturday, March 27
    2:30 pm - Jeremy Deller and Mike Figgis, The Battle of Orgreave
    3:45 pm - Liisa Roberts, What's the Time in Vyborg?

    Admission is free and open to the public.

  • New York Studio Events: Rashid Johnson

    Rashid Johnson's Studio
    Brooklyn
    March 18, 2010

    On March 18th, join us at Rashid Johnson’s Brooklyn studio for an intimate look at the artist’s newest work, and an opportunity to better understand the ways in which this prolific artist successfully manages to work across media, in sculpture, photography and film. Set up to coincide with his current solo exhibition at the Upper East Side’s Salon 94 (which we strongly encourage you to see beforehand), this will be a timely opportunity to catch up with an artist whose career has shot up in recent years, with solo exhibitions in Europe and across the United States. At Salon 94, Johnson presents a sculptural installation that turns the domestic space of the townhouse’s ground floor into a trophy room to The Sweet Sweet Runner, a character portrayed in an accompanying film. In this manipulation of pop culture relics and artifacts, like in his photographic portraits of split identities behind faint smoke screens, Johnson is on a consistent quest for shifting notions of social and personal history, politics and spirituality.

    This event is for ICI members at the $500 level and above only.

  • The Curator's Perspective: María del Carmen Carrión

    New York University
    Steinhardt School of Education
    Einstein Auditorium (1st Floor)
    34 Stuyvesant St. (between 2nd and 3rd Aves. at 9th St.)
    New York City
    7-9 pm
    March 10, 2010

    On Wednesday, March 10, María del Carmen Carrión opens this year’s itinerant public discussion series with a lecture hosted by NYU’s Department of Art and Art Professions, Visual Arts Administration M.A.Program.

    Each installment of The Curator’s Perspective features an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    María del Carmen Carrión is an Ecuadorian curator, writer, and cultural advisor. She is co-founder of ceroinspiración an exhibition and residency space in Quito, where she recently curated the exhibition PACO GRUEXXO vs EL HOMBRE FOCA. In 2009 she designed Ecuador's National Grants System for the Arts. Between 2005 and 2008 she worked as Associate Curator of New Langton Arts, a non-profit gallery in San Francisco. At Langton she organized several group exhibitions including: Small Things End, Great Things Endure (2008); Critical Foreground (2007); Nothing Stands Still (2006); Five Habitats: Squatting at Langton (2006); Elusive Materials (2006); and The Revolving Archive (2006). She also curated solo exhibitions of Julio César Morales, Tercerunquinto, and Pete Nelson; and produced new video work by Adrian Paci. During this time, she started the video program A La Carta in Ecuador, presenting with guest curators from the US and Latin America over 20 video screenings of emerging and mid-career artists. María del Carmen's former positions include Assistant Curator for Museo de Arte Moderno Casa de la Cultura, and Research Coordinator for Museo de la Ciudad both in Quito. In 2005 she earned her master's degree from the Curatorial Practice program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She currently lives between Quito and San Francisco.

    This event is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited. To RSVP please contact Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-254-8200 x 26.

    This season of The Curator's Perspective has been made possible through the support of Agnes Gund.

  • Bang on a Can All-Stars

    James Cohan Gallery
    533 West 26th Street
    New York City
    7 pm
    March 5, 2010

    A concert to benefit ICI

    Contemporary music concert with artwork on view by Yun-Fei Ji

    Friday, March 5th
    7 pm
    Tickets: $20 per person
    RSVP .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 212-714-9500 as space is limited

    Members of New York's electric chamber group Bang on a Can All-Stars perform a rare intimate un-plugged set at the James Cohan Gallery. Following up on their smashing fall 2009 performance at the Cohan Gallery in Shanghai, China, Bang on a Can All-Stars' bassist Robert Black, and percussionist David Cossin make a shorter trek and bring their broad range of visceral innovative music to Chelsea.

    About Bang on a Can
    Formed in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can has been called "the country's most important vehicle for contemporary music" (San Francisco Chronicle) but it is has been a long road getting there. Over the years, Bang on a Can has grown from a one-day festival to a multi-faceted organization. Their innovative and aggressive approach to programming and presentation has created a large and vibrant international audience made up of people of all ages who are rediscovering the value of contemporary music.

    You can get up-to-date info regarding all of their recent and upcoming events and CD Releases by visiting their web page: http://www.bangonacan.org, or for more information about Bang on a Can, please call 718-852-7755 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    PERFORMERS:

    Robert Black (bass) Robert Black's interests range from traditional orchestral and chamber music to solo recitals, collaborations with actors, music with computers, movement-based improvisations with dancers, and live action-painting performances with artists. He has commissioned, collaborated, or performed with musicians from John Cage to D.J. Spooky, Elliott Carter to Meredith Monk, Cecil Taylor to young emerging composers. His recital activities frequently take him to five continents and has appeared at major festivals (Takefu International Music Festival, Japan; Festival de Eleazar Carvalho, Fortalzea, Brazil; Colombo-Catalan Festival, Medellin, Colombia; the Helsinki Festival; NYYD, Estonia; etc.), on radio and television broadcasts (Asia Live, Singapore, VPRO, Holland; NPR, United States; CBC, Canada; etc.) and as an artist-in-residence (American Center, Paris; the Banff Centre, Canada; Studio P.A.S.S., NYC). Currently, Robert performs with the Bang On A Can All Stars, New York City's hard-hitting new music ensemble. Additional chamber music activities include performances with t he Ciompi and Miami String Quartets. He recently created and performed the music for Kathryn Walker and the Music Theater Group's production of The Odyssey, and with the Full Force Dance Company, Time On Our Hands. Other collaborations include films by Rudy Burckhardt and live action-painting improvisations with the Brazilian painter Ige D'Aquino. He annually appears at Monadnock Music and the Moab Music Festival among others. He also performs with the Hartford Symphony and the Monadnock Festival Orchestra. Robert maintains a full teaching schedule at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho (Brazil), and is a member of the Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Music Faculty. A recipient of numerous grants, he received a 1998 Bessie Award for his collaborative work with The School of Hard Knocks in NYC.

    David Cossin (percussion) A native of New York City, David Cossin is a specialist in new and experimental music, working across a broad spectrum of musical and artistic forms incorporating new media with percussion. David Cossin has recorded and performed internationally with composers and ensembles including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Iva Bittova, Don Byron, Bo Didley, Ornette Coleman, Tan Dun, Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Meredith Monk, Bo Didley, Cecil Taylor, Real Quiet , Steve Reich and Musicians, Terry Riley, Nobukazu Takemura, and the Talujon Percussion Quartet, . Numerous theater projects include collaborations with Blue Man Group, Mabou Mines, and the director, Peter Sellars. David was featured as the percussion soloist in Tan Dun's Grammy and Oscar winning score to Ang Lee's film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. David has performed as a soloist with orchestras through out the world including, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Radio France, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sao Paulo State Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Royal Swedish Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Hong Kong Symphony, and the Singapore Symphony. Through composition, inventing new instruments, and music production David has ventured into other art forms including sonic installations that have been presented in the US, Germany, and Italy. David is the curator for the Sound Res Festival in southern Italy. For more information please visit http://www.davidcossin.com

    YUN-FEI JI: Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts
    On view through March 27, 2010
    In his second gallery exhibition, Chinese expatriate artist Yun-Fei Ji will present new works on paper that employ historical art making practices to explore contemporary political and social issues. Also included will be Ji's recent artist's book in the form of a scroll entitled, Migrants from the Three Gorges Dam, published by the Library Council of The Museum of Modern Art, NY.

    Image credit: Bang on a Can All Stars

  • ICI at INDEPENDENT

    548 West 22nd Street [2nd Floor]
    New York City
    March 4, 2010

    Visit ICI in The Curator's Lounge at INDEPENDENT.

    Take a break from the frantic art fair pace to stop by The Curator's Lounge and learn all about ICI's new programs, find out how you can join The Curator's Network, and view special presentations of current ICI exhibitions FAX, Project 35, and Exhibitions in a Box.

    INDEPENDENT, a hybrid model and temporary exhibition forum, will take place at the former X Initiative and former Dia Center for the Arts at 548 West 22nd Street in New York, from March 4th to 7th, and will be open to the public free of charge.

    INDEPENDENT was conceived by Elizabeth Dee, New York gallerist and founder of X Initiative, and gallerist Darren Flook, from Hotel, London. Part consortium, part collective, INDEPENDENT lies somewhere between a collective exhibition and a reexamination of the art fair model. The weeklong program has been developed with creative advisors, Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services, New York, and Matthew Higgs, Director of White Columns, New York.

    Read more about INDEPENDENT here.

  • Exhibition Related: The Storyteller: Talk Series

    The New School
    Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
    55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor
    New York City
    February 24, 2010

    Pablo Helguera: What in the World
    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
    The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
    55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

    On the occasion of the exhibition The Storyteller at Parsons, The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics are pleased to present a talk by Pablo Helguera. Providing an unauthorized biography of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Helguera digs out little-known stories around the remarkable curators and other colorful figures of its past, while at the same time reflecting on the social role of individuals in museums and the way in which they influence the reading of objects and the larger narratives of collections.

    Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, and performance. His work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances, and written fiction.

    Aleksandra Wagner / Goes West
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m
    The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
    55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

    The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics are pleased to present a talk by Aleksandra Wagner. Grounded in her memory of a purchase of A Thousand and One Nights in the Serbian translation by Stanislav Vinaver, Wagner chooses the shortest month of a year, February, to tell stories about the acts of storytelling in education and in psychoanalysis. One story a night, one page each, shared on the night of March 3.

    Aleksandra Wagner is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bachelor’s Program, The New School for General Studies, and a Member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

    Image caption: Visitor at Penn Museum in front of the Dowager Empress Crystal Sphere, c. 1954. Collection Penn Museum Archives

  • Exhibition Related: People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Scottsdale

    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
    7380 E. Second St.
    Scottsdale, Arizona
    February 23, 2010

    People's Biennial is an experimental, local community-based biennial exhibition that is coming to SMoCA in the fall of 2011.

    Artist and co-curator Harrell Fletcher will be in town to discuss the project along with his own internationally renowned, ground-breaking work and practices at Stage 2 Theater located in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, February 23.

    Join SMoCA curatorial staff in dialogue with co-curators Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann to learn more about the People's Biennial and the curators' research on the art and artists in our community at SMoCA on Thursday, February 25.

  • Exhibition Related: Project 35 Screening & Discussion

    Serialworks
    Cape Town, South Africa
    7:30-8 pm
    February 20, 2010

    Kathryn Smith, independent curator, and Senior Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch, and Susan Hapgood, Director of Exhibitions, ICI (Independent Curators International) discuss Project 35, ICI's new evolving exhibition of video works selected by 35 international curators. A selection from the first issue of the series will be presented, featuring work by artists Robert Cauble (selected by Raimundas Malasauskas), Guy Ben-Ner (selected by Mai Abu ElDahab), Kota Ezawa (selected by Constance Lewallen), Dan Halter (selected by Kathryn Smith), Tuan Andrew Nguyen & Phù Nam Thuc Ha (selected by Zoe Butt), Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (selected by Franklin Sirmans), Edwin Sánchez (selected by José Roca), Yukihiro Taguchi (selected by Mami Kataoka), and Zhou Xiaohu (selected by Lu Jie).

    For Project 35, each curator has been invited to select one artist’s video that they think vital for contemporary art audiences across the globe. The result heralds the new decade with an eclectic compilation of works that reveal the global reach that video has achieved as a contemporary art medium today.

    Project 35 is being launched this month at the Saint Joseph College Art Gallery (West Hartford, CT), and will also be presented at the Goldie Paley Gallery at Moore College of Art and Design (Philadelphia, PA); Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science (Sioux Falls, SD); William Benton Museum of Art (Storrs, CT); LAXART (Los Angeles, CA); San Art (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam); Press to Exit Project Space (Skopje, Macedonia); and the NEXT Art Fair (Chicago, IL), with many more locations to be announced.

    Image credit: Dan Halter, Untitled (Zimbabwean Queen of Rave), 2005

  • Exhibition Related: Super Sunday: Hard Targets

    Wexner Center for the Arts‎
    1871 N High Street
    Columbus, Ohio
    February 7, 2010

    1-5 pm

    Organized and presented by the Wexner Center for the Arts.

    What better way to kick off your Super Bowl celebration than exploring the world of sports as seen by contemporary artists?

    Visit the Hard Targets and Cyprien Gaillard exhibitions for free and take in a range of fun and engaging activities that bring together art and athletics. As part of the festivities, visitors can also see Go Tigers!, a documentary about high school football in Massillon, Ohio, that ESPN called one of the five best sports documentaries of all time. You can also see a dance performance created by Ohio State dance student Dante Brown in response to Hard Targets.

    Read more about the event at the Wexner Center for the Arts website.

    Hard Targets is a revised presentation of Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by ICI (Independent Curators International), New York, that was itself an expanded version of Contemporary Projects 11: Hard Targets—Masculinity and Sports, an exhibition organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

    Read more about the exhibition here.

    Image Caption: Catherine Opie, Football Landscape #5 (Juneau vs. Douglas, Juneau, Alaska), 2007

  • Exhibition Related: People’s Biennial Curators Visit: Portland

    The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel
    403 SW 10th Ave
    Portland, Oregon
    4 pm
    February 6, 2010

    For the 2010 Time-Based Art Festival, PICA will present The People's Biennial, a new initiative and experiment in exhibition making by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffmann. On February 6, the curators will be in Portland to host an intimate talk about their own practice and their aspirations for the show.

    Together, they are seeking recommendations from the public about the most interesting work being made right here and right now, specifically by artists and non-artists who are operating outside of traditional presenting institutions and systems. This could include a child who makes incredible science fair projects, a person knitting fantastic clothing, a developmentally disabled artist making engaging drawings or sculptures, a mathematician that composes visually compelling notations, or a sign painter who creates great window displays. Join the conversation and think way outside the white cube.

    This event is generously sponsored by the Ace Hotel.

  • Exhibition Related: The Storyteller: A Colloquium

    Parsons The New School for Design
    Kellen Auditorium
    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    66 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street
    New York City
    January 30, 2010

    2-3:30 pm

    On the occasion of the exhibition The Storyteller at Parsons, this colloquium brings together the curators and select artists in the exhibition to hold an open conversation about artists' uses of the story form to bear witness to events in the world, as well as their inspirations and collaborations on this project. Panelists include exhibition artists Steve Mumford and Liisa Roberts, and exhibition curators Claire Gilman and Margaret Sundell, and will be moderated by Kate Fowle, executive director of iCI (Independent Curators International), the organizers of the exhibition.

    The colloquium and storytelling events are sponsored by the Vera List Center and the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons The New School for Design in collaboration with iCI.

    Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Exhibition Related: The Storyteller Opening Reception

    Parsons The New School for Design
    Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
    66 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street
    New York City
    January 29, 2010

    6:30 - 8:00 pm

    Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Exhibition Related: Contestational Cartographies Symposium

    Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, PA
    January 28, 2010

    Maps represent, maps reveal, maps entice, maps distort. They selectively omit, they unwittingly exaggerate, and they even make outright lies. Though maps strive to project authority and objectivity, they cannot help but embed the biases, blind-spots and idiosyncrasies of their human authors. As our lives are played out in increasingly networked realms, we have become carto-literate as never before; we read maps produced by governments and corporate interests, yes, but also collaboratively author maps online, inscribing new representations of ourselves and our priorities. Contestational Cartographies introduces the thoughts of leading “experimental geographers” who employ mapping techniques in new modes of critical practice and cultural research and, in so doing, help us “read between the lines” of the world around us.

    Contestational Cartographies is co-organized by the Miller Gallery and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Produced with support from the CMU School of Art Lecture Series, the Vice Provost for Education, Dorkbot Pittsburgh + the Brillobox.

    For more information, visit the Contestational Cartographies website.

  • On The Move: Art Probes the Human Condition

    Cousins Studio Theatre
    Modlin Center for the Arts
    Richmond, VA
    January 25, 2010

    7 to 9 pm

    A lecture by Susan Hapgood, ICI's Director of Exhibitions and curator of the exhibition Slightly Unbalanced.

    For more information please visit the University of Richmond Museums' website.


    Image: Louise Bourgeois
    Femme (Woman), 2005
    Bronze with silver-nitrate patina
    13 x 16 1/2 x 7 3/4
    Collection of the artist; courtest Cheim & Read, New York

  • On The Move: Curatorial Practice, Then and Now

    Mohile Parikh Center
    Seminar Hall
    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay
    Mumbai, India
    January 20, 2010

    Susan Hapgood, ICI's Director of Exhibitions, will present a talk which will address various approaches to curating exhibitions of contemporary art, looking at some of the ways the practice has changed in recent years. She will use specific examples from ICI's program and question the role of the curator in the current globalized art environment, leading to discussion of future initiatives under way at the ICI.

    This program is organized in association with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (CSMVS), The Museum Society of Bombay and Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai.

    Admission is free and open to all on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • New York Studio Events: Jeffrey Vallance

    Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
    521 West 21st Street
    New York City
    January 9, 2010

    Our first event of the Spring series will feature a preview of Relics & Reliquaries, a selection of Jeffrey Vallance’s assemblages at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea. Vallance is an iconic American figure. An artist who has investigated the various intersections of art history and suburban Americana, he looks at the world around him at times like a poet, at others in the manner of an anthropologist. Since the mid-1970s, he has explored the religious, the secular and the political, in his diverse practice including painting, sculpture, assemblage of “relics” and performative interventions, always with optimism and humor. His “relics” and “reliquaries”, collected by the artist over the years, are complex objects imbued with memories and histories, which take on surprising new meaning in these assemblages. As Vallance walks us through them, they become open portals into this fascinating artist’s mind.

    This event is for ICI Members only.

  • The Curator's Perspective: Ana Paula Cohen

    New Museum
    235 Bowery
    New York City
    December 13, 2009

    Ana Paula Cohen is the third guest in ICI’s new curatorial talk series wherein an international curator distills the current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    Ana Paula Cohen is an independent curator, editor and writer based in Brazil. She is currently a curator in residence at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Cohen was the adjunct curator for the 28th Bienal de São Paulo titled In Living Contact (October-December 2008); previous to that she served as co-curator for the 2007 project Encuentro Internacional de Medellín 07 in Colombia, in which she created, in collaboration with other artists and curators, a new center for contemporary art – La Casa del Encuentro. Cohen has been a contributor to several art magazines, such as Frieze, ArtNexus and Exit Express, and has written for many art publications, concerning the work of artists such as Goldin & Senneby, Javier Penãfiel, Rosangela Rennó and Oscar Muñoz, and Cildo Meireles. Cohen has organized many conferences and talk series, including most recently “History as a flexible matter: artistic practices and new systems of reading” (November 2008) for the Bienal de São Paulo.

    The event is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited.

    This event, and all of our Fall 2009 The Curator's Perspective talks, were made possible by the generous support of Leila and Mickey Straus.

  • On The Move: Let’s talk: Reinvention

    NADA Art Fair Miami Beach 2009
    The Jazz Club, Deauville Beach Resort
    Collins Avenue & 67th Street
    Miami Beach, Florida
    December 3, 2009

    Let's talk: Reinvention will highlight the ideas and work of professionals who are currently catalyzing productive change in the art world, bringing together an innovative line-up of speakers, including Colin Chinnery, Richard Flood, Matthew Higgs, Mari Spirito, Franklin Sirmans, Nato Thompson, and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson. Daily programs start at 2pm and include video screenings, presentations and discussions, moderated by Kate Fowle, Executive Director of ICI.

    DAILY SCHEDULE

    Video Screenings:
    December 3-5:
    2-3pm, Projection curated by Cleopatra’s
    The Brooklyn-based collaborative harnesses the energies of Bridget Donahue, Bridget Finn, Kate McNamara, and Erin Somerville. Projection, consists of 3-minute, black and-white silent videos, produced in response to the phrase FUTURE TENSE, from 30 emerging artists and filmmakers.

    3-4pm, ICI: Project 35
    ICI will present sneak previews from their upcoming exhibition Project 35, which brings together artists videos selected by 35 international curators, who were asked “Which artist’s video work would you like to be seen by as many people as possible around the world in 2010?”

    Panel Discussions:
    Thursday, December 3:
    4-5pm, New Audiences, New Styles, New Languages
    Panelists: Richard Flood (Chief Curator, New Museum), Franklin Sirmans (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection), and Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson (Director and Chief Curator, Aspen Art Museum)

    Friday, December 4:
    4-5pm, Creating and Supporting Hybrid Practices
    Panelists: Colin Chinnery (Fair Director, ShContemporary), Nato Thompson (Chief Curator, Creative Time), and Mari Spirito (Director, 303 Gallery)

    Question Time:
    Thurs & Fri, December 3-4:
    5:30-6pm, Ask Matthew!
    Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, will be answering 10 of your burning questions. Art Fair visitors and exhibitors alike will be asked to submit questions in advance at drop boxes located throughout the fair.

    Saturday, December 5:
    4-5pm, The Survivors Club
    ICI hosts a cocktail hour and impromptu conversation forum

    Let’s talk: Reinvention has been created to trigger debate on the many ways that roles and practices can be transformed through our current evolving art world.

    Daily admission is free and open to the public.

  • Let's Talk: Ask Matthew Higgs

    NADA Art Fair Miami Beach 2009
    The Jazz Club, Deauville Beach Resort
    Collins Avenue & 67th Street
    Miami Beach, Florida
    December 3, 2009

    Question Time

    Thurs & Fri, December 3-4:
    5:30-6pm, Ask Matthew Higgs

    Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, answers 10 of your burning questions. Art Fair visitors and exhibitors alike are asked to submit questions in advance at drop boxes located throughout the fair.

    Ask Matthew Higgs is part of Let's talk: Reinvention, a daily program of topical discussions with today's leading art professionals, organized by ICI (Independent Curators International) and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).

    Photo credit: Dakota Fine

  • Exhibition Related: ICI Goes West to Portland

    The Lumber Room
    Portland, Oregon
    November 20, 2009

    ICI is organizing an open discussion about new ways to develop exhibitions, with artist Harrell Fletcher, curator Kristan Kennedy and additional guests, moderated by Kate Fowle, ICI’s executive director. The evening will include video screenings of Siebren Versteeg’s Fresh Acconci, and works from ICI’s exhibition, Broadcast. Before the discussion or after, take a tour of the lumber room’s distinguished installation of Minimalist art. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. This is the first in a new series of nationwide events that connect ICI exhibitions with current national issues and concerns.

  • The Curator's Perspective: Lars Bang Larsen

    Metro Pictures
    519 West 24th Street

    New York City
    October 22, 2009

    Lars Bang Larsen is the second guest in ICI’s new curatorial talk series wherein an international curator distills the current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    An independent curator and writer based in Barcelona, Lars Bang Larsen is known for his seminal writing on the new generation of artists that emerged from Scandinavia in the 1990s, and subsequently his exhibitions and books that offer a fresh approach to considering artists’ engagement with social activism and counter cultures from the 1960s on. Born in Denmark, Bang Larsen has spent the last ten years predominantly looking into artists’ practice across Europe, the U.S and the Middle East. Recent exhibitions include Fundamentalisms of the New Order for the Charlottenborg in Copenhagen; Populism, presented at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, CAC Vilnius and the Stedelijk in Amsterdam; The Echo Show for Tramway in Glasgow; and currently he is working on a show for Raven Row in London, entitled Art, Activism and the Archive. Bang Larsen is a regular contributor to Frieze, Afterall, and Artforum. In 1998 he was the co-curator for the inaugural Nordic Biennial, and in 2004 he was the curator of the Danish participation for the São Paulo Biennial.

    The event is free of charge and open to the public, though seating is limited.

    This event, and all of our Fall 2009 The Curator's Perspective talks, were made possible by the generous support of Leila and Mickey Straus.

  • The Curator's Perspective: Vasif Kortun

    James Cohan Gallery 533 West 26th Street New York, NY 10001
    September 22, 2009

    In fall 2009, ICI launched a new monthly curatorial talk series, highlighting an international curator who distills the current happenings in contemporary art, including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.

    Vasif Kortun is the Director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul. He was the founding Director of Project Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art (2001-2003), the chief Curator and Director of the 3rd International Istanbul Biennial (1992) and Co-Director with Charles Esche of the 9th International Istanbul Biennial (2005). Between 1994 and 1997 he worked as the founding Director of the Museum of the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. Kortun was the co-curator of thrird Taipei Biennial in 2008. Kortun was also one of the curators of the 24th Sao Paolo Biennial in 1998, Tirana Biennial, and 2nd Ceramics Biennial in Albisola, 2003. He curated the Turkish pavilions for the 1994 and 1998 Sao Paolo Biennials and the 2007 Venice Biennial for which he worked with artist Huseyin Alptekin.

  • Exhibition Related: ICI in Louisiana

    Hilliard University Museum of Art
    710 East Saint Mary Boulevard
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    September 18, 2009

    In conjunction with the Hilliard University Museum of Art’s presentation of Slightly Unbalanced, the exhibition curator, and ICI’s Director of Exhibitions, Susan Hapgood, will lead a discussion on the widespread appearance of psychological themes in contemporary art from the 1960s to the present.

  • Exhibition Related: Group FAX

    The Drawing Center
    35 Wooster Street
    New York City
    July 25, 2009

    For 3 hours on Saturday, July 25, 2009 faxes were exchanged between participating venues in New York, Paris, Mexico City, and Cape Town in the spirit of sharing ideas and information through informal networks. Artworks, texts, and provocations were created and sent ‘live’ in response to what was transmitted.

    This event launched a world tour of FAX, curated by João Ribas.

    Notes on the Group FAX event at the Drawing Center, Saturday July, 25 or Why is the fax machine obsolete?
    By former ICI Intern Pilar Pertusa

    In short, because a Blackberry was needed all along!

    Many ICI and Drawing Center friends (including FAX show artists Matt Sheridan Smith and Alexandre Singh) stopped by to participate in this fun event that provided a live dialogue with venues in three different countries (and a stray fax sent from Amman, Jordan).

    We were all thrilled to see the response the faxes sent from the Drawing Center produced on the other sides of the globe, and it was this enthusiasm that jammed the fax line. Kate Fowle, director of ICI, and Joao Ribas, curator of FAX, labored for three hours over the anachronistic technology that is only able to send or receive documents one file at a time.

    We have very quickly grown used to the wonders of email, and its capacity to send and receive large amounts of information in a matter of seconds. And this is the primary reason why reaching a busy signal was unnerving for artists and public alike. On the other hand, frustration was happily flushed away by the sense of collectivity that naturally blossomed among those gathered around the fax machine, and by the light humor that comes with summer afternoons and wine.

    Cell phone in hand, we contacted Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City and Serial Works in Cape Town to check out what was going on and the conversations went something like this: “Are you getting anything at all?” “We are getting half pages.” “Wait, we will send it again.” “Hold on, we are getting something from… Mexico now.” “Don’t send anything! Wait! Send it now!”

    It is no wonder why other technology has taken over--without a phone, there is no way it would have worked!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

    October 1, 2008

    Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s artwork accentuates our constant interaction with technology. In this video profile, Hemmer explains how technology is embedded within our lives and how his creative process employs technology as a means to recognize this reality in today’s world.

    Hemmer's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence.

    Watch the video here!


  • Artist Video Profiles: Trevor Paglen

    October 1, 2008

    Discussing his fascination with photographing locales that are officially ‘off limits’ to the general public, Trevor Paglen describes how he enjoys traveling to places that others do not attempt to visit. He explains how his artwork explores the political impact of secrecy and surveillance and illustrates his unease with those conditions.

    Paglen's artwork is featured in the ICI exhibitions Experimental Geography and The New Normal.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Mary Heilmann

    October 1, 2008

    Mary Heilmann enlightens her viewers with how she first arrived at painting during an era when sculpture dominated the arts. Heilmann goes on to explain that contemplating a piece is just as valuable to her as actually creating the work itself.

    Heilmann's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Teresita Fernandez

    October 1, 2008

    Teresita Fernandez’s artworks are abstract and highly stylized in material and construction. Fernandez explains that executing an idea requires much experimentation in the studio, and what results are works that carefully take into account elements of space, light, material and the observers’ reactions.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Lyle Ashton Harris

    October 1, 2008

    With a specific interest in the tension between attraction and repulsion, Lyle Ashton Harris speaks about his use of photography, performance art, and collage. By blurring the lines of social stereotypes, Harris continually engages his audience in an open discussion on subjects such as race and sexuality.

    Harris' artwork is featured in the ICI exhibition Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Louise Fishman

    October 1, 2008

    Louise Fishman expressively describes how her dialogue with painting is one of struggle that is somehow always met with moments of revelation. Displaying numerous canvases in her studio, Fishman explains that during her process of art making, she feels a sensation that she is creating something out of nothing, each and every time.

    Fishman's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Julian LaVerdiere

    October 1, 2008

    Expressing how his sculptures could more aptly be described as machines or inventions, Julian LaVerdiere talks about his interest in objects that hold an ideological rather than just a practical function. LaVerdiere also comments on how he balances aesthetic beauty and a historical or political awareness in his artwork.

    LaVerdiere's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition Space Is the Place.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Howardena Pindell

    October 1, 2008

    Speaking candidly in her studio, Howardena Pindell reveals a personal recollection as to why she became attached to the circle shape that has appeared in so much of her artwork over the years. Pindell explains that she sees her work as issue-related and would like it be revelatory on issues of our cultural and political history.

    Pindell's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Jim Campbell

    October 1, 2008

    Jim Campbell invites viewers into his studio to discover how his engineering expertise and fascination with the moving image have evolved together over time. This unity has allowed him to create dynamic works that tap into many of the unexpected and abstract experiences in life.

    Campbell's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: E.V. Day

    October 1, 2008

    By catching a glimpse of E.V. Day working on one of her suspension pieces, one is able to realize the complexity of creating such dynamic and explosive artworks. Day speaks of the latent symbolism behind the images she chooses, and how she seeks to release her subjects from their overpowering social constructs.

    Day's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition The Paper Sculpture Show.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Nina Katchadourian

    October 1, 2008

    Nina Katchadourian’s art is diverse, employing various mediums and subject matter. In this video profile, Katchadourian brings us closer to her long running project, “The Sorted Books”. She states that her primary philosophy in art is paying attention to the common things in life and constructing meaning from such awareness.

    Katchadourian's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition Space Is the Place.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Beth Campbell

    October 1, 2008

    In her New York studio, Beth Campbell discusses a number of her most ambitious projects, for which she meticulously recreates banal environments and situations using repetition and optical illusions.

    Campbell's artwork is featured in the ICI exhibition Slightly Unbalanced.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Mitch Epstein

    October 1, 2008

    In a touching commentary, Mitch Epstein describes a recent portrait he created of his father. Epstein also discusses how he aims to produce images that seem effortless, but are in fact complex in their content and overall context, such as those found in his project titled “American Power”.

    Epstein's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition Shoot the Family.

    Watch the video here!

  • Artist Video Profiles: Luca Buvoli

    October 1, 2008

    Luca Buvoli’s video profile reveals how he strives to create artworks that cross a multitude of disciplines and that employ a number of different mediums. He discusses a variety of influences that span numerous art movements, including various philosophers of the past and present and how they have all impacted his work.

    Buvoli's artwork was featured in the ICI exhibition The Paper Sculpture Show.

    Watch the video here!