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.
Holly Block’s appointment in July 2006 to the directorship of The Bronx Museum of the Arts marks her return to the institution where she served as curator from 1985-88 before gaining an international reputation as a director, curator, and arts administrator. Before joining the museum staff, Block served as Executive Director of Art in General, and also served as a co-commissioner for the Department of State for the 2003 Cairo Biennial with the selection of the artist Paul Pfeiffer. Block wrote Art Cuba: The New Generation, a comprehensive survey on contemporary art from Cuba, and organized todo clandestino, todo popular, the first solo exhibition of Alberto Casado. In 2013, Block was appointed co-commissioner of the United States Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and presented the work of artist Sarah Sze. She has been a dynamic force in the contemporary art world, having traveled widely and worked closely with artists. She is a firm believer in the arts and its impact on today’s society.