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.
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, TheGrio.com, 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.
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.read more »
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.read more »
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.read more »