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Project 35 Screening & Discussion with Susan Hapgood

The Douglas Hyde Gallery
Trinity College Dublin
C. Dublin, Ireland
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.




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.




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

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





Project 35 Screening & Discussion

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




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




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.




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.


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.




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.




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.