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.
Jessica Baran is a poet, freelance art critic, and teacher, who has been the art writer for St. Louis’ alt-weekly, The Riverfront Times, since 2008. Baran currently co-directs fort gondo compound for the arts––a nonprofit alternative art space founded in 2002––which hosts a monthly poetry series alongside other multi-disciplinary programs. From 2008-12, Baran served as the Assistant Director of White Flag Projects, and has independently curated exhibitions on the work of Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Robert Gober, and Kerry James Marshall at various regional institutions. She has written for numerous publications, including Artforum.com, Art in America, Art Papers, the Awl, and BOMB Magazine; and is also the author of two books of ekphrastic poetry. Baran received her MFA in poetry writing from Washington University, Saint Louis, and her BA in fine art from Columbia University, New York.
Focusing on new models for curating and exhibition development, ICI’s annual summer Curatorial Intensive offers curators the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world and share ideas on how to push the parameters of their practice.read more »