Curatorial Forum | EXPO CHICAGO
September 26–29, 2018
Developed by EXPO CHICAGO and ICI, the 2018 Curatorial Forum offered a group of mid-career and established curators, working independently or with an institutional affiliation, the opportunity to engage with their peers and explore significant issues relating to curating, programming, institution-building and audience engagement.
The 2018 Curatorial Forum opened with a keynote presentation by Jochen Volz, Director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo and recipient of ICI’s 2017 Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, for Forum participants, Chicago professionals and other visiting curators, and featured a series of peer-led, closed-door sessions focused on critical questions relevant to contemporary practice and context. The session topics included “Accessibility,” “Beyond Exhibition-Making,” “Critical Regionalism,” “Labor Conditions,” and “Race, Representation, Social Justice.”
The 2018 Forum concluded with an Assembly hosted by Yesomi Umolo at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts bringing all participants together to further invest in the knowledge exchanged during the program and to foster regional professional networks and collaborations across the American cultural landscape.
Jochen Volz | Director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo | São Paulo, Brazil
Session leaders include:
Dean Daderko | Curator of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston | Houston, TX
Ryan N. Dennis | Programs Director of Project Row Houses Curator | Houston, TX
Candice Hopkins | Co-curator of SITE Santa Fe Biennial | Santa Fe, NM
Katie A. Pfohl | Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art | New Orleans, LA
Amy Sadao | Daniel W. Dietrich II Director of ICA Philadelphia | Philadelphia, PA
Participants of this convening included: Brandon Alvendia, Independent, alt spaces artLedge; Michael J. Anderson, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Mara Baldwin, Director of Handwerker Gallery; Andrea Barnwell, Director of Spelmen College of Fine Art; Joseph Becker; Associate Curator of Architecture Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Smart Museum; Jennifer Carty, Assistant Curator of Modern of Art Pittsburg; Rachel Cook, Artistic Director of On the Boards; Eric Crosby, Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburg; Dean Daderko, Curator, CAM Houston; Alexandria Eregbu, Independent Curator; Sally Frater, Independent Curator; Amy Galpin, Chief Curator, Frost Museum; Elizabeth Gessel, Public Programs Director, Museum of the African Diaspora; Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Tess Haratonik, SAIC; Andria Hickey, Senior Curator, MOCA Cleveland; Candice Hopkins, Co-curator , SITE Santa Fe Biennial; Mia Lopez, Assistant Curator, De Paul Museum; Susan Lee Mackey, SAIC; Lucy Mensah, Visiting Professor, Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago’s School of Art & Art History; Lynnette Miranda, Program Manager, United States Artists; Srimoyee Mitra, Director of Stamps Gallery; Sofía Gallisa Muriente, Co-Director, Beta-Local; Kim Nguyen, Curator and Head of Programs, CCA Wattis; Karen Patterson, Senior Curator, John Michael Kohler Arts Center; Katie Pfohl, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art; Heather Pontonio, Art Program Director, Tremaine Foundation; Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bagué, Co-chair, Manager/Curator, MATORRAL online curatorial platform; Ben Russell, The Storefront/art-publishing house Silver Galleon Press; Amy Sadao, Daniel W. Dietrich II Director, ICA Philadelphia; Kaela Saenz Oriti, Museum Education Director, Phoenix Art Museum; Frank Smigiel, Director of Arts Programming & Partnerships, Fort Mason; Ana Torok, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, MoMA; Jochen Volz, General Director, Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil; Joey Yates, Curator, KMAC Museum
The 2018 Curatorial Forum was made possible, in part, by Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art; Sotheby’s; Terry Dowd Inc.; and Willis Towers Watson.