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.
Alex Baker was appointed Director, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, in June 2012, where he has organized exhibitions such as Outsiderism; Eugene Von Bruenchenhein: Time Produced Non Better; and Department of Neighborhood Services: Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Barry McGee, and Dan Murphy. Before that, he was Senior Curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, Australia, 2008-2012. Formerly Curator of Contemporary Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, he has organized exhibitions with artists including Robert Ryman, Ellen Harvey, Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Margaret Kilgallen, and Laylah Ali, among others. Indelible Market: Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, and Todd James, originally developed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2000, toured to the Venice Biennale in 2001. In 2006, he co-curated with Toby Kamps Space Is the Place, an exhibition about space travel and contemporary art, which toured through Independent Curators International. At the NGV, he curated Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops and Sunshine (2011), Harrell Fletcher: The Sound We Make Together (Melbourne) (2010), and Ricky Swallow: The Bricoleur (2009), among other exhibitions. Baker has a Ph.D. in visual anthropology from Temple University, Philadelphia.