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.
Lauri Firstenberg is the director and curator of LAXART, which she founded in 2005 while pursuing her Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture at Harvard University. Before that, she was the assistant director and curator of the Mak Center at the Schindler House, West Hollywood, and an adjunct curator at Artists Space, New York. Firstenberg was an associate curator for Okwui Enwezor’s 2001 exhibition Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945–2001, which originated at the Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; and she was a curatorial assistant for Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany (2002). She has collaborated on exhibitions at LAXART with artists such as Mark Bradford, Yunhee Min, Walead Beshty, Thomas Lawson, William Leavitt, Nicole Miller, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Piero Golia, Jedediah Caesar, Lisa Tan, Sherin Guirguis, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Samon Takahasi, Adria Julia, and Ruben Ochoa. Firstenberg also curated the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and recently curated projects at ArtPace, San Antonio and Participant Inc, New York. She has taught in the Public Art Studies program at U.S.C. and at SciARC.
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 »