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.
Deborah Cullen, PhD, is Director & Chief Curator of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York. In fall 2014, Cullen will curate the first retrospective on printmaker Robert Blackburn (1920-2003) for the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, at University of Maryland, College Park. She wrote her dissertation for CUNY Graduate Center on the legendary Jamaican-American printmaker. She recently curated Interruption: The 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia, fall 2013). In 2012, Cullen was Chief Curator of The Hive: The Third Poligraphic Trienal of San Juan (Puerto Rico). Previously, Cullen served at El Museo del Barrio, New York, for over 15 years. As Director of Curatorial Programs, her projects included participating in the curatorial team and co-editing the 500-page anthology, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (2012); in addition to curating Retro/Active: The Work of Rafael Ferrer (2010, and authoring the monograph Rafael Ferrer for UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center), Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis (2009), and Arte (no es) Vida: Actions by Artists of the Americas 1960-2000 (2008), for which she received a 2006 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award.
Photo: Urska Boljkovac, 2013
This March, Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive: Considering Publics and Contexts, a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions.read more »