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.
A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods honed her curating craft at the national award-winning Marwen arts foundation, curating their alumni gallery and forging partnerships with community organizations. During this time, she also was the resident curator for Gallery 718, presenting emerging Chicago artists while lending her deejay skills and music sensibility to create sound installations for each exhibition. Woods co-founded the deejay collective White Label and has held deejay residencies throughout Chicago for over a decade with a focus in the arts and hospitality industry, and with tastemakers. She received her BFA in Music from Columbia College and MFA in Sound from the School of the Art Institute. Her practice includes sound art and design, deejaying, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference. She’s been a resident artist at the Hyde Park Art Center Program, participant of Ecole du Magasin’s International Curatorial Program and “Harald Szeemann Independent Methodology” editorial project, and resident curator for the Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects. She is currently a resident artist at ACRE and SIAC’s Nichols Tower, and a participant of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal.
Curated by Sadie Woods, Hot Seven: The Chicago Breakdown examines the notion of community unique to diasporic populations in Chicago.read more »
The participants of Curatorial Intensive in Dakar will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have workshopped throughout the course of the week.read more »