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.
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
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.
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María del Carmen Carrión
Associate Director of Public Programs
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Alaina Claire Feldman
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Fran Wu Giarratano
Exhibitions and Publications Advisor
Administrative & Communications
Public Programs & Research
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Associate Director of
Communications & Finance
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Gerrit L. Lansing**
Suydam R. Lansing
Jean Minskoff Grant
Christo & Jeanne-Claude**
Belinda Buck Kielland
Jo Carole Lauder
Caral G. Lebworth**
Executive Director Emerita
Nina Castelli Sundell*
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
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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.
CURATORIAL INTENSIVE COORDINATOR (PAID INTERNSHIP)
Responsibilities: Work on the planning, execution, and follow-up of the Curatorial Intensive program in Mexico City, which includes but is not limited to the following tasks: assist in targeting applicants for the open call, answer inquiries related to the Intensive, process up to 100 applications, liaise with participants and speakers, book travel and accommodations, assist in the compilation of the reader, and process payments. Other duties as needed, which might include the processing of applications for the ICI and Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award Fellowship.
Requirements: Written and oral Spanish proficiency is mandatory. Well organized with strong attention to detail; writing and research experience; ability to work both independently and under structured supervision; strong interest in curatorial studies and contemporary art required; and knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Excellent experience for a senior undergraduate/first year MA student.
Schedule: Two full days per week. Part-time, flexible. Start date: April 1, 2014.
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 modeling our Limited Edition Untitled, 2013 by Liz Glynn.
Recent Press Coverage:
“Call It the Gray Womyn: Reading The New York Times From a Feminist Perspective” from the New York Observer.
“World Curators’ Movie Selections Parade in Bandung” from Tempo.co on Project 35, Volume 2
“Smart state of mind” from Hyde Park Herald on State of Mind
“At The Garage Center, Performance Meets Life” from Interview Magazine on Kate Fowle, ICI Director-At-Large for Performance Art: Ethics in Action
“Best art shows of 2013” from The Chicago Tribune on State of Mind
RENAUD PROCH: “I’M SCARED OF HOW ARTISTS SEE THEIR CAREERS AS A JOB” interview from Kosovo 2.0
“The Art of Bottles” from Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online on Project 35, Volume 2
“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
“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.
“State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970” Review by Una Dimitrijevic from this is tomorrow on State of Mind.
“Artsy and ICI Team Up for Benefit Auction Featuring Mehretu, Baldessari, and More” from Blouin ArtINFO
“Renaud Proch: Art’s New Custodian” from Musée Magazine, Edition 7, Vol. 1
“The Paradox of Speed and Stillness. An interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist” from Arterritory
“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
“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
“Some Assembly Required” from the Sun Gazette on do it at Samek Art Gallery.
“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
“‘State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970’ at the Bronx Museum of the Arts” from Gallerist
“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
“West Coast Art (Not Laid-Back): A California ‘State of Mind,’ Circa 1970, at Bronx Museum” from the New York Times
“Just do it” from The Economist
“You Can ‘Do It’” from Artnews
“California Takes New York” from The Daily Beast
“DO IT: THE COMPENDIUM BY HANS ULRICH OBRIST” from Dwell
“Africa’s Art Establishment Strives for Self-Sufficiency” from the New York Times
“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
“Socrates Sculpture Park Engages the Community With Its New Show, do it (outside)” from The Huffington Post
“Do It: The art of command” from The Guardian
“15 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 5” from the Gallerist
“Independent Curators International: Summer 2013 Curatorial Intensive in New York” from The ARC magazine
“Book Launch - The Shadowfiles: On Curatorial Education” from Art Disover
“CURATORIAL INTENSIVE: WELCOME JOHANNESBURG PARTICIPANTS!” from Absolute Arts
“Renaud Proch announced as Independent Curators International Executive Director” from Art Daily
“Russian Art Center Looks to the West for New Curator” from New York Times
“Thinking Contemporary Curating” review from Art Review
“New Curator Garage Center for Contemporary Culture” from Metropolis M
“A Curated Showcase of Curatorial Visions” from Hyperallergic
“Dasha Zhukova Honored at ICI Benefit” from GalleristNY
“The Fine Art of Being a Curator” from the New York Times
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
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?
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.
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