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.
Jessica Baran is a poet, curator, critic and Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera Projects and projects+gallery. She has independently curated exhibitions of the work of Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Robert Gober and Kerry James Marshall, among many other artists. She has also written for numerous publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art and BOMB Magazine; and is the author of three books of ekphrastic poetry. Baran received her MFA in poetry writing from Washington University, St. Louis, and her BA in fine art from Columbia University, New York. Intermittantly, she lectures at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art and St. Louis University’s Prison Arts & Education program.
Focusing on new models for curating and exhibition development, ICI’s annual summer Curatorial Intensive offers curators the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world and share ideas on how to push the parameters of their practice.read more »