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.
Melissa Pellico has held curatorial and research positions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, and the Sundance Institute. At SFMOMA she co-curated a thematic screening of videos and films about artistic and activist interventions with a sly or humorous bent. Pellico has contributed writing to museum publications, such as short texts for The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now (SFMOMA), and the Long Beach Museum of Artʼs Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video Long Beach. She researched for the catalogue Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974 – 1981. Pellico was commissioned to write text on Ryan Heffington + The East Siders, who provided a series of immersive dance projects. She received her MA in History of Art (Modern and Contemporary) from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is currently based in Los Angeles.
Join ICI and the Fall 2013 Curatorial Intensive on Tuesday, October 15 for a daylong public symposium where the participants will present the exhibition and project proposals that they have developed through the program.read more »
Curating Time-Based Media is a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions featuring durational art, installations, performance, dance, video, film, and sound art.read more »