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.
Allison Agsten is Curator of Public Engagement and Director of Visitor Services at the Hammer Museum. In her role, she collaborates with artists to develop a new paradigm for the museum experience. Recent projects include the installation of a lending library and used bookstore into the Hammer’s lobby gallery as well an examination of security guard labor and uniforms.Formerly, Agsten was Director of Communications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she spearheaded a number of projects related to accessibility including a first-of-its kind program to make rare LACMA publications available for free online and a curated online photo contest that garnered entries from across the globe. Prior to joining to LACMA, Agsten was a producer in CNN’s Los Angeles bureau where she regularly covered the arts.