Lydia Y. Nichols

Lydia Y. Nichols is a writer, curator, and ethnographer native to New Orleans. Her work considers the lived experience, ancestral memory, and historical imaginary of race and their impacts on Black aesthetics in the outdoors. She has been published in 64 Parishes Magazine, Antenna’s Signals Magazine,, The Lens, Pelican Bomb, and Tribes Magazine. In 2014, Nichols co-produced the acclaimed public art exhibition ExhibitBE, which featured the work of 40 street artists, sculptors, and installation artists in a five-building unoccupied apartment complex in New Orleans’ Algiers neighborhood. She led research for the award-winning documentary film Mossville: When Great Trees Fall (2019), about a Black Louisiana community’s erasure by industrial expansion and government negligence. Nichols is a contributing curator to Independent Curators International’s traveling exhibition Notes for Tomorrow, which opened at Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery in February 2021. She is a 2020-21 Rising: Climate in Crisis resident at Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods. The resulting serial radio drama Don’t Look Away will premier in Summer 2021, produced by No Dream Deferred Theatre Company. Nichols lives in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood with her toddler son, Amistad.

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Notes for Tomorrow

Notes for Tomorrow is a new exhibition conceived by ICI, featuring artworks selected by alumni of the Curatorial Intensive from around the world to reflect on a new global reality ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The World, the Flesh, and the Devil: A Lenten Meditation on COVID-19 in New Orleans

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Blindman Draws Lines: A Conversation with Steve Cannon

Curatorial Intensive alum Lydia Y. Nichols will converse with writer and scholar Steve Cannon, founder of A Gathering of the Tribes and a pioneer of the East Village literary and visual art scenes.

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2016 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans: Public Symposium

The Curatorial Intensive participants for the 2016 New Orleans program will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the week.

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Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans

ICI returns to New Orleans this March for the second Curatorial Intensive with the CAC New Orleans and Prospect New Orleans.

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