ICI (Independent Curators International) has developed its first touring curatorial conversation with Bisi Silva, an independent curator and the founder/director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. Throughout May, Silva will participate in a series of public lectures, panel discussions, and conversations across the U.S., including Chicago, Houston, New York, Williamstown, MA, and Newark, NJ.
The conversation series will explore the growing impact of transnational practice, using Silva’s extensive curatorial experiences across Africa, Asia, and Europe as a starting point for discussion. Looking at the potential for new dynamic forms of exhibition-making and cultural exchange, Silva will present her research into artists, as well as respond to questions posed on the subjects of the expansion of curatorial networks and emerging collaborative institutional models around the world.
Organized as part of ICI’s new programming initiatives that provide a platform for innovative curators to directly connect with diverse publics, this conversation series will be Silva’s first visit to the United States in over a decade. ICI’s executive director Kate Fowle will moderate the conversations and each event will be recorded, so that transcripts and edited video footage can be made available on ICI’s website.
Conversation Series Tour
May 1, 2010
Beyond the White Cube II: International Networks
NEXT Talk Shop, 7th Floor
Converge Curators Forum, Art Chicago
How can the expansion of curatorial networks and collaborative practice between institutions internationally start to build the potential for new forms of exhibitions and exchange? How are practitioners re-thinking and re-defining their roles? Moderated by Kate Fowle, Executive Director of ICI (Independent Curators International), panelists include João Ribas, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston; Abigail Satinsky, Co-director, InCUBATE, Chicago; and Bisi Silva.
May 5, 2010
MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts)
80 Hanson Place
MoCADA, Independent Curators International and the Museum for African Art are partnering together to bring Bisi Silva to Brooklyn! Bisi Silva is an internationally acclaimed curator, art critic and, more recently, the founder and director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria. Silva will speak about her history as a curator, past, present and future, her journey starting the CAA and will highlight artists she has been working with in Nigeria and throughout the continent. Following will be a roundtable discussion between Ms. Silva, Lisa Binder, Assistant Curator at Museum for African Art and Kimberli Gant, Exhibitions Director at MoCADA on the role of curators in developing African and African Diasporan artists.
May 6, 2010
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
In conversation with Natasha Becker, Mellon Assistant Director of Research and Academic Program, Bisi Silva will continue her dialogue on transnational curatorial practices and current research areas.
May 7, 2010
49 Washington Street
Newark Museum curator Christa Clarke and Bisi Silva discuss issues of curatorial practice in conjunction with the opening of a new gallery devoted to contemporary arts of Africa from the Museum’s permanent collection, the first such gallery in the country.
May 9, 2010
The Curator’s Perspective with Bisi Silva
New York, NY
Bisi Silva will present at ICI’s The Curator’s Perspecitve, an itinerant public discussion series, featuring an international curator who distills current happenings in contemporary art including the artists they are excited by, exhibitions that have made them think, and their views on recent developments in the art world.
May 10, 2010
The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross Street
Bisi Silva wraps up her conversation series at the Menil Collection with curator Kristina Van Dyke, discussing themes that have emerged during the lectures around the country as well as highlighting areas of her own practice and research.