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, foraging 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.
Trained as a specialist in Romance Literatures, Sarah Demeuse started her career as an academic scholar at Columbia University where she taught courses in 20th-century literature and culture. Since 2008, she has worked primarily outside of the school-gates, though these interests and education experiences continue to inform her current work with contemporary artists. Sarah has developed and supported several projects in the New York area and in Mexico and has combined exhibition-making with translating, editing, and writing. Between June and December 2010, Sarah curated the first cycle of Modo de Empleo at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City (MACG), a video art and educational program that was conceived by herself and Ruth Estévez. At the MACG, she also joined the curatorial team and catalogue contributors of Programa Bancomer Arte Actual, a pilot grant program for emerging Mexican artists (2009-2010). In February 2011, Sarah coordinated Mark Manders’s solo exhibition in Mexico City (at MACG and Casa Barragán). In New York, she has curated shows at the ISCP and at the Goethe-Institut Wyoming building. At Barcelona’s Espai Cultural, Sarah co-curated Nos hicimos la ilusión de avanzar directamente, a project that was accompanied by a book made together with Roma Publications. Sarah holds a BA in Latin-American Studies and Spanish from Tulane University, a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley, and an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College.
A series of closed-door reading group discussions on Speculative Realism at ICI throughout Spring 2012.read more »