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.
Nina Castelli Sundell
Nina Castelli Sundell was co-founder of ICI with Susan Sollins. She was the curator of many ICI exhibitions, including American Pop Art (1976), The Sense of Self (1978–80), and the ICI Traveling Video Festival (1981–84). An art world pioneer, she defined – together with Susan Sollins – the vision behind ICI, one of the first organizations in the world to be dedicated to the work of curators. In 1981, Nina and Susan curated the exhibition Team Spirit, which reflected on their own history of working together to focus on “the growing phenomenon of collaborative art.” She also co-founded with Marjorie Tallalay The New Gallery in 1968 – later renamed the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. She was Director of the Lehman College Gallery in New York from 1984–90.
Since the mid-to-late 1960s, collaboration as a mode of production and self-definition has become increasingly visible in the international art world. Most forms of art – theater, film, dance, architecture, and music – are inherently collaborative. With rare exceptions, all involve the participation of more than one individual.read more »