Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans is Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Prior to this, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). From 2006 through 2009, he was the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection in Houston, where the exhibitions he organized included NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith (which traveled to P.S.1 in New York and to Miami Art Museum); and before that he was co-curator of Basquiat (2005–06: Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). More recently he co-curated Steve Wolfe: On Paper (2009, Menil Collection and Whitney Museum of American Art). Sirmans was the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and in 2009 he received one of the first Gold Rush Award given by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Sirmans has also written essays for several exhibition catalogues, and articles and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, Time Out New York, Essence, and Grand Street.

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Curatorial Intensive in Dakar

In partnership with RAW Material Company, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal.

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Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans

In January 2015, ICI, in collaboration with Prospect New Orleans and CAC New Orleans, presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans.

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ICI Conversations: Franklin Sirmans

For the first ICI CONVERSATIONS of 2014, ICI invited guests to an exclusive cocktail reception with Franklin Sirmans, the Artistic Director of Prospect.3 and the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Sirmans presented a sneak preview of the third edition of New Orleans International Contemporary Art Biennial in a celebratory atmosphere with refreshing cocktails and Southern catering.

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Considering Publics and Contexts

This March, Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive: Considering Publics and Contexts, a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions.

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Project 35

Project 35 is a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting compendium is released in four installments and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues.

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