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2016 Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans: Public Symposium

Mar 26, 2016
10am –1:30 pm

New Orleans, LA, USA
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC)

900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Curatorial Intensive participants for the 2016 New Orleans program will each present their exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the week.

Symposium Schedule
Welcome and Session 1: 10:00–11:30am
Break: 11:30–11:45am
Session 2: 11:45 am–1:15pm

The Curatorial Intensive is a weeklong professional development program which brings together emerging curators for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please see the program details for more information.

Participants include: Rachel Adams (Buffalo, NY), Lucy Ainsworth (Sydney, Australia), Katherine Finerty (London, UK), Allison Glenn (Chicago, IL), Ross Jordan (Chicago, IL), Ingrid LaFleur (Detroit, MI), Lynnette Miranda (Brooklyn, NY), Lydia Y. Nichols (New Orleans, LA), Larry Ossei-Mensah (New York, NY), Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bagué (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Anthony Stepter (Chicago, IL), and Charlie Tatum (New Orleans, LA).

This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. Please RSVP to with SYMPOSIUM in the subject line.

Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams is the Chief Curator and Director of Programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Katherine Finerty

Katherine Finerty is an independent curator, writer, and art historian focusing in socially engaged practices and contemporary translocal and African art.

Ingrid LaFleur

As a recent Detroit Mayoral candidate and founder and director of AFROTOPIA, LaFleur implements Afrofuturist strategies to empower Black bodies and oppressed communities through frameworks such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and universal basic income.

Lynnette Miranda

Lynnette is a Program Officer at Builders Initiative, managing a philanthropic portfolio of artist-run organizations, creative entrepreneurship accelerators, and pay equity initiatives for cultural workers in the Chicagoland region.

Charlie Tatum

Charlie Tatum is a writer and arts worker based in New Orleans, LA.

Larry Ossei-Mensah

Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American independent curator and cultural critic who has documented contemporary art happenings for various publications including Uptown and Whitewall Magazine.

Anthony Stepter

Anthony Stepter works at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he is both the graduate program coordinator for Museum and Exhibition Studies and the coordinator of public programs and community engagement at Gallery 400.

Lucy Ainsworth

Lucy Ainsworth is an emerging Australian curator.

Allison Glenn

Allison Glenn is a New York-based curator and writer focusing on the intersection of art and public space,
through public art and special projects, biennials, and major new commissions by a wide range of
contemporary artists.

Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bagué

Arnaldo Rodríguez-Bague (They/Them) is a researching artist-curator from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ross Jordan

Ross Jordan is Curatorial Manager at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, IL.

Lydia Y. Nichols

Lydia Y. Nichols is a writer, curator, and ethnographer native to New Orleans.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.