Independent Curators International (ICI) supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement. Curators are arts community leaders and organizers who champion artistic practice; build essential infrastructures and institutions; and generate public engagement with art. Our collaborative programs connect curators across generations, and across social, political and cultural borders. They form an international framework for sharing knowledge and resources — promoting cultural exchange, access to art, and public awareness for the curator’s role.
Masum Momaya is currently Museum Curator at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program in Washington, DC. Her upcoming show Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation, will show at the National Museum of Natural History from February 2014 to August 2015, and then travel around the country through 2020. Prior to this, she was Curator at the International Museum of Women (2007–09), Curator for the (AWID) Association for Women’s Rights in Development (2009–12), and Curatorial Consultant for the Indo-American Heritage Museum (2010–11). Aside from Beyond Bollywood, her exhibitions include Women, Power and Politics; Economica: Women and the Global Economy; Nazar Değmesin (featuring Turkish artist Ece Budak) in Istanbul; and H1B, online and at the Twelve Gates Arts’ in Philadelphia. Academically, Momaya is trained as an interdisciplinary social scientist, with a PhD (2007) in Human and International Development from Harvard University, an MA (2001) in Education from Harvard University, and an honors BA (1999) in Public Policy and Feminist Studies from Stanford University.
Smithsonian Curator and Curatorial Intensive Alumna Masum Momaya reflects on her curatorial practice, using the exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation as a starting point.read more »
Masum Momaya is developing the concept for a future exhibition entitled Gazing Back, in which she hopes to feature Muslim women’s portraits of self-representation.read more »
Developed by ICI in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry~Londonderry, the Curatorial Intensive: From “Official History” to Underrepresented Narratives will examine the role of cultural production in addressing geopolitical landscapes and recent histories.read more »