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.
Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019) was the Director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, from 2011 to 2019, and his wide-ranging practice spanned international exhibitions, museums, academia, and publishing since the early 1990s.
In 1994, with Chika Okeke-Agulu and Salah Hassan, he founded Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, which is published by Duke University Press. In 1998, he curated the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial, and from 1998 to 2002 he served as the artistic director of Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany. He also curated the 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, Spain (2005–7); the 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2008); the Triennale d’Art Contemporain de Paris at the Palais de Tokyo (2012); and the 56th Venice Biennale: All the World’s Futures (2015).
From 2005 to 2009, he was Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at the San Francisco Art Institute. He also held positions as visiting professor in art history at the University of Pittsburg; Columbia University, New York; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; Umea University, Sweden; and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
He is the author or co-editor of numerous books, among them Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (Bologna: Damiani, 2009), Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008), Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; London: INIVA, 1999), Mega Exhibitions: Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2002), Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art (New York: International Center of Photography; Göttingen: Steidl, 2008), and The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society (2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, 2006).
On January 13, 2021, Marian Goodman Gallery announced it will honor the late Okwui Enwezor with the launch of a new initiative, conceived by artist Steve McQueen, to create educational and research opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) curators with ICI.read more »
Since 1975, ICI has built an unparalleled network of collaborators – curators, artists, and art spaces of all sizes – to support independent practice locally, and encourage the sharing of independent thought across the globe. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we acknowledge all those who form ICI’s international network, including the 40 ICI collaborators involved in the 2015 Venice Biennale.read more »
The book’s author, Terry Smith, is holding conversations about his new publication with prominent curators and art historians. The next event is a closed-door conversation between Smith and Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU.read more »
The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models conference, co-organized by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum, aims to tackle key questions around the museum as an institutional entity and contemporary art as an art historical category.read more »