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ICI

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

ICI FALL / WINTER 2013-14 Program

Headquartered in New York, ICI is a small non-profit with a large purview. Over the last 38 years, ICI has produced 128 traveling exhibitions and profiled the work of more than 3,700 artists and curators, working with 478 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 49 states and 42 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Western Sahara. Experienced by nearly 6 million people, the exhibitions and events have attracted extensive local, national, and international press, and are placed in a critical framework through accompanying catalogues and books published by ICI.

In 2013, 10 ICI exhibitions have been presented by 37 venues in 19 countries and 13 US states.  66 curators and artists have contributed to ICI’s talks, public programs, and research initiatives; and 94 curators from over 33 countries and 8 U.S. states have participated in the Curatorial Intensives, ICI’s short-course professional training
programs.

There are currently 257 alumni of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive program, based in 54 countries and 21 U.S. states. ICI seeks to stay connected to its vast network of curators to stay updated on current projects and exhibitions.

Download the history of ICI’s Exhibitions here.

Who We Are

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  Renaud Proch
  Executive Director
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  Kate Fowle
  Director-at-Large
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  María del Carmen Carrión
  Associate Director of Public Programs
    & Research
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Soojin Chang
  Executive Coordinator
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Francisco Correa Cordero
  Curatorial Intensive
      Coordinator
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Alaina Claire Feldman
  Exhibitions Manager
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Fran Wu Giarratano
  Exhibitions and Publications Advisor
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Sarah Giovanniello
  Administrative & Communications
    Coordinator
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Susan Hapgood
  Senior Advisor
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Heather Jones
  Exhibitions Assistant
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Kimberly Kitada
  Public Programs & Research
      Coordinator
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Laurel Voss
  Associate Director of
    Communications & Finance
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Dexter Wimberly
  Co-Director of Strategic Planning
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Board of Trustees

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  Gerrit L. Lansing**
    Chairman Emeritus
  Suydam R. Lansing
    Honorary Chair
  Patterson Sims
    Chairman
  Melville Straus
  Barbara Toll
    Vice Chairs
  Jean Minskoff Grant
    President
  Ann Schaffer
    Vice President

  Jeffrey Bishop
  Jill Brienza
  Christo & Jeanne-Claude**
  Ann Cook
  Susan Coote
  Maxine Frankel,
    Trustee Emerita
  Carol Goldberg,
    Trustee Emerita
  Agnes Gund,
    Trustee Emerita
  Belinda Buck Kielland
  Jo Carole Lauder
  Caral G. Lebworth**
    Trustee Emerita
  Laure Lim
  Isaac Lustgarten
  Vik Muniz
  Mel Schaffer
  Susan Sollins*
    Executive Director Emerita
  Nina Castelli Sundell*
    Trustee Emerita
  Sarina Tang,
  International Representative
  Virginia Wright,
    Trustee Emerita

  *ICI Co-Founder
  **In Memoriam

Renaud Proch,
  Executive Director
Kate Fowle,
    Director-at-Large

Contact

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ICI
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
P 212.254.8200
F 212.477.4781
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Jobs & Internships

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SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
MAY to AUGUST 2014
No Phone Calls please

Application Requirements for all Internships:
Please submit a Cover Letter (1 page, max); Resumé (1 page, max) and any other requirements listed below to the contact indicated for the internship you wish to apply.

DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP
Responsibilities: Work with the Executive Director on multiple aspects of ICI’s fundraising efforts: Assist with special events and programming (attending events on occasion); assist in researching new foundation and corporate funding opportunities; research and develop ICI’s international network of supporters and high level patrons; assist Executive Director on personal projects and general office duties (assist with mailings, database entry) as needed.

Requirements: Interest in pursuing a career in areas of fundraising/development or arts administration. Office and administrative experience required; strong organizational, writing and communication skills; high attention to detail; ability to work both independently and under structured supervision; solid research experience; familiarity with using database software and experience with Mac computers, Microsoft Office 2008, and Adobe Photoshop; strong interest in contemporary art and non-profit organizations. This internship will offer insight into fundraising and administrative aspects of operating a non-profit organization and will offer the candidate a chance to work directly with the Executive Director of ICI: experience as a personal assistant a plus.

Schedule: Minimum of one full day a week. Part time, flexible. Schedule can be adjusted for the right candidate.
Contact: Laurel Voss, Associate Director of Communications and Finance, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SPECIAL PROJECTS INTERNSHIP
Responsibilities: Work with ICI’s Development team on the planning, execution and follow up of all Special Projects related events, including all patron events and fundraising activities. Work directly with the Development team to help compose the 2014 program structures while assisting in the management and execution of the remaining year’s projects and events. Support promotion, organization, and documentation of ICI’s special events. This internship will offer insight into every aspect of operating a non-profit arts organization.

Requirements: Professional demeanor and an up-beat attitude; Exceptional administrative skills and the ability to complete work in a highly organized and timely manner; Applicants should have an interest in contemporary art, and arts administration; strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to work both independently and under structured supervision. Experience with the following programs: Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office, Filemaker Pro, CMS website management software. Previous registrar experience a plus.

Schedule:
 Minimum of two full days a week. Part-time, flexible. Schedule can be adjusted for the right candidate.
Contact: Soojin Chang, Executive Coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



EXHIBITIONS INTERNSHIP

Responsibilities: Assist with the maintenance of files and records related to exhibitions; assist in preparation, assembly, and execution of checklists, mailings, loan forms, artworks, catalogues and other exhibition related projects; research potential art spaces for future collaborations; general artists and exhibition research; assist with the collection and maintenance of visual materials internally and for ICI’s website; possible writing and publishing opportunities available; general department administrative assistance.

Requirements: At least two years of office experience and previous museum or gallery experience required; good organizational and communications skills; experience with Macintosh, Excel, and Photoshop; ability to work with limited supervision; interest in international contemporary art and curatorial studies; foreign language and a positive attitude is a plus.

Schedule: Minimum of two full days a week. Part-time, flexible. Schedule can be adjusted for the right candidate.
Contact: Heather Jones, Exhibitions Assistant, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “Summer 2014 Exhibitions Internship” in the subject line.



COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP

Responsibilities:
 Work with the Communications department on the planning, execution and follow up of ICI’s Communications projects, chiefly Social Media, Public Relations, its Publications roster, and general administration related to the department. Under the supervision of the Communications department, the intern will have some autonomy to develop, organize and spearhead campaigns for programming on all Social Media channels at ICI, and will be expected to generate and schedule content daily on ICI’s Social Media Channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn). Tasks also include assisting with generating a monthly Social Media report, researching Social Media/Communications innovations and design; implementing new strategies to promote our arts and education programming and the ICI identity; assistance with press archiving, maintaining databases, website maintenance and other general office administration duties as assigned. This internship will offer insight into all aspects of operating a non-profit arts organization and the opportunity to work across departments of ICI.

Requirements: Well organized with attention to detail; strong writing and research experience; strong communication skills with external parties and with internal ICI staff members; ability to work both independently and under structured supervision; strong interest in contemporary art and in digital media outlets. Basic Photoshop/InDesign skills preferred; knowledge of HTML and/or CMS management a plus.

Schedule:
Minimum of two full days a week. Part-time, flexible. Schedule can be adjusted for the right candidate.
Contact: Sarah Giovanniello, Administrative and Communications Coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

ARTS ADMINISTRATION INTERNSHIP
Responsibilities:
 Work with Administrative Staff on all aspects of general operations administration. Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Communications & Finance, the intern will assist with maintenance, inventory and ordering, and organization of artworks and storage, as well as managing the inventory of all ICI publications for on and off-site storage. Assistance with creating structures for organization, maintaining databases, website maintenance and other general office administration duties as assigned, including general accounting, computer maintenance, and other duties as required.  This internship will offer insight into all aspects of operating a non-profit arts organization and the opportunity to work across departments of ICI, assisting all departments, as needed.

Requirements: Well organized with attention to detail; strong writing and research experience; strong communication skills with external parties and with internal ICI staff members; ability to work both independently and under structured supervision; strong interest in contemporary art and arts administration required. Excellent experience for a senior undergraduate/first year MA student in arts administration.

Schedule: Minimum of one full day a week. Part-time, flexible. Schedule can be adjusted for the right candidate.
Contact: Laurel Voss, Associate Director of Communications and Finance, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 

Read what one of our recent interns has said about working at ICI:

I interned with Independent Curators International (ICI) as their communications and social media intern during the fall of 2013.  The experience has been both influential and rewarding, and exceeded my expectations.  It allowed me to foster my skills as a social media manager, graphic designer, communicator, art enthusiast, and as a professional. 

I looked forward to coming into the TriBeCa-based office each day, and it wasn’t just for the spectacular view of uptown Manhattan and the double shots of Nespresso.  You learn the ins and outs of fundraising in the art world, you connect with dozens of upcoming and well-established artists and curators, and you become a valuable part of the team.

In the office, you’re surrounded by strong and ever-creative professionals who will support your personal and professional goals.  What I appreciated most was that I was able to see projects all the way through, from start to finish.  I helped in developing strategy and maintaining a strong online presence, worked events like the New York Art Book Fair and ICI’s Annual Benefit & Auction, researched for newsletters, eBlasts, and other projects, and was able to collaborate with all departments of ICI to help promote their events and initiatives.  The knowledge, skills and confidence gained while working with ICI will transfer to any future opportunity that I may encounter, and I thank ICI for providing such a positive experience.

— Lizzie Hineman is a senior at DePauw University majoring in Communication Studies and Art History.  In the fall of 2013, she interned in New York City with ICI and Art in America magazine.

Lizzie Hineman
Lizzie modeling our Limited Edition Untitled, 2013 by Liz Glynn.

Press

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Recent Press Coverage:
4.6.2014
“Galleries: Ready, set,...play!” from the Philadelphia Inquirer on Free Play.

2.12.2014
“Call It the Gray Womyn: Reading The New York Times From a Feminist Perspective” from the New York Observer.

01.18.2014
“World Curators’ Movie Selections Parade in Bandung” from Tempo.co on Project 35, Volume 2

12.25.2013
“Smart state of mind” from Hyde Park Herald on State of Mind

12.11.2013
“At The Garage Center, Performance Meets Life” from Interview Magazine on Kate Fowle, ICI Director-At-Large for Performance Art: Ethics in Action

12.13.2013
“Best art shows of 2013” from The Chicago Tribune on State of Mind

12.03.2013
RENAUD PROCH: “I’M SCARED OF HOW ARTISTS SEE THEIR CAREERS AS A JOB” interview from Kosovo 2.0

11.25.13
“The Art of Bottles” from Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online on Project 35, Volume 2

11.21.13
“Getting Artsy for Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant”by Blackbook
“ICI HOSTS BENEFIT AND AUCTION TO HONOR PRADA AND CELANT” by Harper’s Bazaar
“All the Art World Attended ICI’s Gala” from Blouin ArtINFO

11.20.13
“Putting the Art in Party” by the Wall Street Journal
“Highlights” from Art Ruby
“ICI BENEFIT 2013” by Interview Magazine
“Declaration of Independents” by W Magazine
“ICI Benefit Honors Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant” by Art In America
“CHAPMAN BROTHERS, TRASH ON PEDESTALS AND AN ANTHOLOGY OF PERFORMANCE” from Interview Russia, for Performance Now
“HERE I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART” from Interview Russia, with curator RoseLee Goldberg for Performance Now.

11.13.2013
“State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970” Review by Una Dimitrijevic from this is tomorrow on State of Mind.

11.11.13
“Artsy and ICI Team Up for Benefit Auction Featuring Mehretu, Baldessari, and More” from Blouin ArtINFO

10.22.13
“Performance Art, Present and Future” by Hyperallergic, on the ICI exhibition, Performance Now.

10.14.13
Renaud Proch: Art’s New Custodian” from Musée Magazine, Edition 7, Vol. 1

10.05.13
“The Paradox of Speed and Stillness. An interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist” from Arterritory

10.1.13
“Miuccia Prada e Germano Celant premiati con gli ICI Awards” from Fashionmag
“Miuccia Prada e Germano Celant premiati dall’ICI di New York” from Artslife
“L’Indipendent Curators International di New York Premia Miuccia Prada e Germano Celant” from Mime
“‘State of Mind’ Examines California Art” from Michigan Avenue Magazine

9.30.13
“Miuccia Prada e Germano Celant, grande squadra! Sono loro a vincere il Leo e l’Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, assegnati dall’ICI di New York” from Exibart
“Miuccia Prada e Germano Celant premiati a New York dall’Independent Curators International. E intanto a Milano proseguono i lavori della sede griffata Koolhaas: qui l’update…
from Artribune

9.26.13
“Some Assembly Required” from the Sun Gazette on do it at Samek Art Gallery.

7.18.13
“Artists’ Editions Fly Off the Tables at the Third MAD-LIB[rary] Portfolio-Making Party” from ArtInfo
“Renowned Asian curator to join West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong” from GG Art

7.16.13
“‘State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970’ at the Bronx Museum of the Arts” from Gallerist

7.15.13
“In Conversation: Constance Lewallen with Phong Bui” from The Brooklyn Rail
“Renowned Asian Curator to Join WKCDA Mr Doryun Chong appointed Chief Curator for M+” from West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

7.11.13
“West Coast Art (Not Laid-Back): A California ‘State of Mind,’ Circa 1970, at Bronx Museum” from the New York Times

7.4.13
“do it” with Hans Ulrich Obrist: The World’s Busiest Curator Talks About the Latest Iteration of his 20-Year Project from art.sy

7.3.13
“Just do it” from The Economist

7.2.13
“You Can ‘Do It’” from Artnews

6.23.13
“California Takes New York” from The Daily Beast

6.18.13
“DO IT: THE COMPENDIUM BY HANS ULRICH OBRIST” from Dwell

6.12.13
“Africa’s Art Establishment Strives for Self-Sufficiency” from the New York Times

6.4.13
“THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL: MARTHA WILSON AND MKE to Open 6/7 at Portrait Society Gallery” from Broadway World
“Giving visibility to overlooked histories” from Derry Journal

5.27.13
“Socrates Sculpture Park Engages the Community With Its New Show, do it (outside)” from The Huffington Post

5.24.13
“Do It: The art of command” from The Guardian

4.29.13
“15 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 5” from the Gallerist

4.8.13
“Independent Curators International: Summer 2013 Curatorial Intensive in New York” from The ARC magazine

3.24.13
“Book Launch - The Shadowfiles: On Curatorial Education” from Art Disover

3.6.13
“CURATORIAL INTENSIVE: WELCOME JOHANNESBURG PARTICIPANTS!” from Absolute Arts

2.13.13
“Renaud Proch announced as Independent Curators International Executive Director” from Art Daily

2.11.13
“Russian Art Center Looks to the West for New Curator” from New York Times

12.1.12
“Thinking Contemporary Curating” review from Art Review

12.2.12
“New Curator Garage Center for Contemporary Culture” from Metropolis M

12.4.12
“A Curated Showcase of Curatorial Visions” from Hyperallergic

11.27.12
“Dasha Zhukova Honored at ICI Benefit” from GalleristNY

11.20.12
“A ‘Wonderland’ in the Art World” from the Wall Street Journal
“ICI 2012 BENEFIT & AUCTION” from Interview Magazine

7.19.12
“The Fine Art of Being a Curator” from the New York Times

FAQ

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What is ICI?

ICI is a small non-profit with an expansive purview. ICI is one of the few national organizations that try to bridge the relationship between what artists and curators are interested in and what the format of an exhibition can be.

Who founded ICI?

ICI was founded in 1975 by Nina Sundell and Susan Sollins.  Nina and Susan were two resourceful women who chose to focus on what was missing in the art world at the time. They were aware that it was very difficult to see contemporary exhibitions of quality artworks in places outside of the main centers in the U.S. and developed exhibitions, organized by themselves or other curators, which would tour the country.  Judith Olch Richards, who was with ICI for over 28 years, was Executive Director from 1997 – 2009.  In June 2009 Kate Fowle took over as Executive Director, and this spring, she became the Director-at-Large. Renaud Proch was promoted from Deputy Director to Executive Director April 1, 2013.

Where is ICI located?

ICI is based in New York at:

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
T 212.254.8200
F 212.477.4781

www.curatorsintl.org
www.facebook.com/curatorsintl

What does ICI do?

ICI (Independent Curators International) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

How is ICI funded?

ICI covers operational costs for exhibitions through modest fees. We have a major fundraising gala each fall, and a smaller spring benefit.  ICI is a non-profit 501 (3) (c) organization with a Board of Trustees and an active membership program.  To find out more about becoming involved, please contact Bridget Finn, Associate Director of Strategic Planning & ICI Projects at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Who does ICI collaborate with?

Through a range of exhibitions, diverse public programs, professional development opportunities and member programs, ICI collaborates with a wide range of constituents and communities within the art world, and beyond. In 35 years of operation it has organized 116 traveling exhibitions, as well as numerous studio visits, talks, and tours of private collections, profiling the work of more than 3,700 artists. The shows have been presented in 590 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 48 states and 25 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. Experienced by nearly 6 million people, the exhibitions and events have attracted extensive local, national, and international press, and are placed in a critical framework through accompanying catalogues and books published by ICI.

I am working on a feature article/broadcast story on ICI/one of your exhibitions. How do I obtain an interview with an appropriate person or the correct information on ICI’s exhibitions and the participating artists?

Please contact Associate Director of Communications & Finance, Laurel Voss at 212 254 8200 x122 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You may also directly contact the press department at an exhibition venue for further information on ICI’s shows while they are traveling.