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.
Sadie Woods is an award-winning post-disciplinary artist, curator, and deejay who has showcased her myriad of creative practices from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Petty Biennial, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Selenite Arts Advisory, and a 2020 recipient of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Esteemed Artist Award. Woods is currently Faculty at the School of the Art Institute, and Residents Orchestrate Project Manager at the Chicago Sinfonietta. She has exhibited her work and performed nationally and internationally. Publications include Harald Szeemann Méthodologie Individuelle published by JRP Ringier with Le Magasin—Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, in collaboration with the Department of Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art, London.
ICI has partnered with Art Mile—a citywide arts festival that champions Detroit’s vibrant and diverse arts community through public programs and online exhibitions— for its second edition, taking place June 14 – July 11, 2021. The collaboration includes a special Curatorial Fellow exhibition, organized this year by inaugural Art Mile Curatorial Fellow Juana Williams and a series of panel discussions organized and led by members of ICI’s curatorial network, including Neil Barclay, Allison Glenn, Elena Ketelsen González, Sadie Woods and more.read more »
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 »