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.
Elena Ketelsen González
Elena Ketelsen González is an Assistant Curator at PS1. Elena previously served as a bilingual educator in the New York City Department of Education, while also working as a community organizer in East Harlem and Washington Heights. Since then, she has worked at many cultural institutions in NYC, including the Whitney Museum and the Museum of the City of New York where she created culturally responsive curricula and programming for an intergenerational and multilingual audience. Most recently she served as Curatorial Assistant and Program Manager for the Gracie Mansion exhibit Catalyst: Art and Social Justice; Works by New York Artists and Activists since 1960. While at PS1, she has worked to establish collaborative community partnerships and organize activations of Homeroom, a space that amplifies and celebrates the work of collectives, organizations, artists, and activists that are connected to PS1’s public programming and community allyship initiatives. She is the founder of La Salita, a curatorial project and long-term investigation highlighting the work of emerging and established artists working across Latin America, and Latinx and immigrant artists working within the US. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy of Aesthetics from Colorado College, and an M.S.Ed in Bilingual Education from CUNY Hunter College.
ICI has partnered with Art Mile—a citywide arts festival that champions Detroit’s vibrant and diverse arts community through public programs and online exhibitions— for its second edition, taking place June 14 – July 11, 2021. The collaboration includes a special Curatorial Fellow exhibition, organized this year by inaugural Art Mile Curatorial Fellow Juana Williams and a series of panel discussions organized and led by members of ICI’s curatorial network, including Neil Barclay, Allison Glenn, Elena Ketelsen González, Sadie Woods and more.read more »