Leadership Council

ICI’s international presence has recently been made stronger by the transformative role of the Leadership Council. Established in 2013, this visionary group develops new initiatives that elevate ICI to the next level. The members of the Leadership Council share a passion for international perspectives on contemporary art, and recognize the need for strong regional networks of curators and art spaces within ICI’s global scope. In this way, the Council works closely together with ICI to nurture the curatorial network from the inside out, and establishes the crucial foundations for the future of international exchange.


The Council strengthens ICI and helps shaping the organization’s programs in unique ways that are tailored to each member’s vision of contemporary art. In the past year alone, ICI has expanded curatorial exchange, training and research opportunities in regions such as Latin America and Africa, through the creation of two Leadership Funds; engaged with the largest audience in the organization’s history through the redesign of ICI’s online platform; re-formulated key fundraising efforts that are critical to the organization and elevated the ICI Annual Benefit & Auction to new heights. Members of the Leadership Council were involved in nearly all of the many facets of the organization, supporting the broad reach of ICI’s exhibitions and publications, as well as pioneering programs in education and curatorial research, and developing new fundraising opportunities to better support curators, artists and art spaces around the world that are shaping contemporary art today.



Sarina Tang, Chair

Sarah Arison

Josh Brooks and Jung Lee

Eric Bunnag Booth, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

Adriana Cisneros and Nicholas Griffin

Paula Crown

Faruk and Fusun Eczacibasi

Jane Glassman, Fine Art Dealers Association

Marian Goodman

Peter and Laurie Grauer

Agnes Gund

Marlene Hess

LaVon Kellner

Toby Devan Lewis

Dorothy Lichtenstein

Jeanne and Dennis Masel

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Jerry Speyer

Mercedes Vilardell

Lawrence and Alice Weiner


For more information about the Leadership Council, contact Manuela Paz at



On Tuesday October 23, ICI hosted our 2018 Annual Benefit & Auction, bringing together collaborators and friends from around the world. Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, presented Merve Elveren with the Independent Vision Curatorial Award (IVCA) and ICI Trustee Emerita Agnes Gund presented Emily Rauh Pulitzer with the Leo Award. The 2018 Leo Award was created by Sam Moyer.

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ICI Hosts Private Tour at The Whitney Museum

On Tuesday September 4, ICI kicked off the season with an exclusive program for ICI’s International Forum. Marcela Guerrero, ICI alumna and Assistant Curator at The Whitney Museum, led patrons on a private tour of Pacha, Llaquta, Washichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art.

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Tour of Danh Vo at The Guggenheim

On Tuesday May 1, ICI hosted its annual International Forum Museum Tour to kick off Frieze New York. Katherine Brinson, The Guggenheim’s Daskalopoulos Curator of Contemporary Art, led patrons on a private tour of Danh Vo’s Take My Breath Away followed by a breakfast reception at The Wright, Guggenheim’s restaurant.

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Roya Sachs leads a tour at Lever House

On Tuesday evening, April 24, Roya Sachs, Curator for the Lever House Art Collection, gave a tour of Adam Pendleton’s site-specific installation for ICI’s International Forum and Leadership Council members.

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New York launch of Uri Aran Limited Edition hosted by Ann & Mel Schaffer

On Friday March 9 ICI trustees Ann & Mel Schaffer hosted a brunch reception in their Upper East Side home for the New York launch of Uri Aran’s edition in support of ICI and do it (in school).

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ICI Summer Cocktails at San Remo

On Wednesday, July 13, ICI invited colleagues, donors, alumni and friends to the annual Summer Cocktails event at the newly inaugurated San Remo cafe.

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On the occasion of TEFAF’s inaugural Spring fair in New York, Michael Plummer, Managing Director of TEFAF NEW YORK and Principal and Co-Founder of Artvest Partners LLC, greeted ICI patrons and gave a brief history of the organization before Luciano deMarsillac, VIP Relations for TEFAF, gave patrons a Latin American focussed tour.

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ICI Patrons Events During Frieze Week

On Friday, May 6, ICI’s Independents and closest friends and colleagues met on Randall’s Island for brunch co-hosted once again with Frieze. The next day, we met for a spring picnic on Saturday, May 7, at NADA on the Basketball City pier.

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