Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations. ICI provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.
Last year alone, 10 ICI exhibitions were presented by 37 venues in 19 countries. Every ICI exhibition is an occasion for curatorial collaboration, which allows each project to better respond to the local context, and serves as an opportunity to connect to regional and international networks. With a wide range of exhibitions, ICI is able to collaborate with art spaces big and small, everywhere. ICI exhibitions reflect crucial developments in the field of contemporary art, and a diversity of artistic voices; many champion the work of under-represented artists and others generate new content every time they are presented. Click here to view current and past exhibitions.find out more »
ICI organizes public programs in New York, at the Curatorial Hub, across the U.S., and around the world that provide a platform for curators to share their research and experiences with the public. Through partnerships with a range of institutions, ICI enables curators and new audiences as alike to understand and navigate the rapidly growing field of curating, while also increasing access to current developments in contemporary art internationally.
CURATOR’S PERSPECTIVE SERIES
The Curator's Perspective series is a free, itinerant public discussion series ICI developed as a way for international curators to share their interests and experiences with audiences in New York. Talks provide an opportunity to access information about a wide variety of international perspectives on art today. Invited curators discuss art, culture, and the exhibitions in which they are most interested at the moment, as well as the artists and the sociopolitical contexts that are shaping curatorial practice now.
EXHIBITION RELATED EVENTS
Exhibition Related events are organized by ICI collaborators -- curators, artists, and art spaces around the world, in conjunction with ICI's exhibitions. ICI also regularly organizes events that delve into a specific ICI exhibition, at the Curatorial Hub or elsewhere in the city, as a way of bringing some of the developments of these traveling projects closer to our New York audience.
PUBLICATION RELATED EVENTS
ICI organizes events for current and upcoming ICI publications, ranging from launches to series of conversations with authors, curators and critics. These events generate a broader content from a publication, which often is transcribed and made available as an online publication. In 2012, ICI began a two-year international series of conversations with prominent curators and author Terry Smith, around his best-selling book Thinking Contemporary Curating. The tour became part of Smith’s ongoing research for a second volume to his study of curating today.
Every year, ICI participates in art fairs, such as NADA in Miami and New York or EXPO in Chicago; and in book fairs, such as the New York Art Book Fair; as well as other special events in New York and around the world.
In recognition to the generous contributions of many visionary individuals who support the organization and its programs, ICI organizes exclusive events and dinners for its patrons. Among those, ICI Conversations are thought-provoking events that give exclusive access to the people – artists, curators, critics, collectors, and museum directors – who influence contemporary art today, while bringing our patrons an insider's perspective on ICI.
Intended to better facilitate the informal exchange of ideas and experiences between professionals, the Curatorial Hub provides a flexible and discursive space for artist and curator talks, film screenings, panel discussions, performative events, reading sessions, and training programs. It also houses the ICI Curatorial Library of periodicals and books from institutions all over the world.
As ICI’s first expansion in nearly three decades, the premises were conceived as a flexible and modular work environment that will adjust to a changing and evolving field.
Events in the Curatorial Hub are announced throughout the year, click here to see our upcoming schedule.
ICI’s Curatorial Intensive program was established in 2010 as the world’s first short-course, low-cost training program for curators. Intended to bring working professionals together to gain new skills and perspectives on pragmatic aspects of curating, as well as to increase dialogue in curatorial ideas, the Intensive supports early- to mid-career curators working independently or within institutions in emerging and established art centers around the world. Two programs are held in New York every year, and others are developed in collaboration with cultural partners around the world.
Curatorial Intensive Symposia is an ICI event series that occurs at the end of each Intensive, which gives participants the opportunity to present their proposals developed through the program.find out more »
"Research at ICI” provides an in-depth look at curatorial practices today through resources and materials for curatorial research, articles and writings published in our online journal, which offers unique perspectives in curating. The Media Room provides access to audio and video files of ICI's programs, and information on ICI Research Fellowships and Fellows.find out more »
ICI is dedicated to producing critically influential publications to accompany its traveling exhibitions, and has developed two new series to address contemporary issues in art and curating: The Sourcebook series and Perspectives in Curating series. Visit the online shop to find new publications and over 70 more from our archivesfind out more »
The Sourcebook series is dedicated to contemporary artists’ personal perspectives on social, political, and cultural issues. Each book, edited by a single artist, includes a collection of primary research materials and influences, such as rare archival documents, artwork studies, and excerpts of landmark publications, selected from the artist’s own archive and annotated with personal commentary. The Sourcebook series follows the development of an artist’s oeuvre through the very material that inspires and influences it. Each book is a catalyst to further understand contemporary artistic practice, particularly by artists who challenge conventional art histories while contributing to its development.
PERSPECTIVES IN CURATING SERIES
Developed and published by ICI in 2012, the Perspectives in Curating series provides sustain analysis on topics that are pressing for curators today, and offers timely reflections by curators, art historians, critics, and artists on emergent debates in curatorial practice around the world. The first publication in the series was the best-seller Thinking Contemporary Curating by Terry Smith. The precedent for this series was the 2001 publication Words of Wisdom: A Curator's Vade Mecum on Contemporary Art, ICI's first book on curatorial practice.
Since 1990, ICI has commissioned artists to produce limited edition artworks to support its innovative programs and publications. Available editions include works by Liz Glynn, Marina Abramović, Stephen Kaltenbach, Laurie Simmons, among others.find out more »