Events Overview

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  • 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, a curator who has worked with some of the most relevant institutions pushing the discourse of contemporary Asian art, will talk about particular experiences, testing new frontiers collaborating with artists to forge new practices of both curation and creation in the volatile world of China, Vietnam and across the global south. Zoe will be specifically discussing Xu Zhen’s The Starving of Sudan project; Yang Shaobin’s X-Blindspot project and Dinh Q Le’s Farmers and the Helicopters project, placing these works within the context of Vietnam, and her work at San Art in Ho Chi Minh City.

    Zoe will discuss how the borders and limits of possibility in the global south, specifically in China and Vietnam, operate under conditions that are entirely unique (albeit in most cases problematically). How can these projects be realized elsewhere? Can they be? Should they be? What are the ethical and moral repercussions? 

    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.

     

  • 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 features 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.

    This event is free and open to the public, though reservations are required. You may RSVP online by clicking here or by phone at 212-817-8215.

    This event is 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

Past

  • 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.

  • Specters of San Francisco Magazines

    DISPATCH: San Francisco
    By Joseph del Pesco
    June 18, 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.

  • 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.

    Join The Curator’s Network today. The fully tax-deductible annual subscription is $100.

  • 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.

 

  • 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).

  • On The Move: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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

  • On The Move: 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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • On The Move: 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • On The Move: 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.

  • On The Move: 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.

  • 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!