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.
Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Prior to his recent appointment, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2010 until fall 2015. At LACMA Sirmans organized Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, which travels to the Wexner Center for the Arts in January 2016. He also curated Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation, and coorganized the exhibition Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection. From 2006 to 2010, he was curator of modern and contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston where he organized several exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Steve Wolfe: Works on Paper, Maurizio Cattelan: Is There Life Before Death? and Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. He is the 2007 David C. Driskell Prize Winner and he was the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans from 2012-2014. He is the curator of the forthcoming exhibition Toba Khedoori.
Established in 2010 as an initiative of the Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, the Independent Vision Curatorial Award reflects ICI’s commitment to supporting international curators early in their careers who have shown exceptional creativity and prescience in their exhibition-making, research, and related writing.read more »
Miguel A. Lopez will receive the 2016 Independent Vision Curatorial Award.read more »
Join us for ICI’s Annual Benefit & Auction on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 as we reaffirm our commitment to curatorial practice and contemporary art. Raise a glass to the future of the organization, and in support of ICI’s new programs and partnerships. On the occasion, ICI will honor Marian Goodman with the Leo Award, and will present the Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award, given every other year to an emerging curator who will be selected among young professionals nominated by leading international curators.read more »
In partnership with RAW Material Company, ICI will organize the Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal.read more »
In January 2015, ICI, in collaboration with Prospect New Orleans and CAC New Orleans, presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans.read more »
For the first ICI CONVERSATIONS of 2014, ICI invited guests to an exclusive cocktail reception with Franklin Sirmans, the Artistic Director of Prospect.3 and the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Sirmans presented a sneak preview of the third edition of New Orleans International Contemporary Art Biennial in a celebratory atmosphere with refreshing cocktails and Southern catering.read more »
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 »
Project 35 is a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting compendium is released in four installments and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues.read more »