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.
Allison Agsten is Curator of Public Engagement and Director of Visitor Services at the Hammer Museum. In her role, she collaborates with artists to develop a new paradigm for the museum experience. Recent projects include the installation of a lending library and used bookstore into the Hammer’s lobby gallery as well an examination of security guard labor and uniforms.Formerly, Agsten was Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she spearheaded a number of projects related to accessibility including a first-of-its kind program to make rare LACMA publications available for free online and a curated online photo contest that garnered entries from across the globe. Prior to joining to LACMA, Agsten was a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau where she regularly covered the arts.