Independent Curators International supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement.

Independent Curators International supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement.

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CURRICULUM: spaces of learning and unlearning

Feb 25, 2019
6:30–8 pm

New York, NY, USA

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

Join ICI for a conversation about the EFA Project Space exhibition CURRICULUM with curators Stamatina Gregory and Jeanne Vacarro, artists Becca Albee and Sarah Zapata and scholar Macarena Gomez-Barris. In a format redolent of consciousness raising groups and spurred on by key questions from each participant we'll be workshopping ideas central to the exhibition's inception: the relationship between curatorial practice and pedagogy, with a focus on structural critiques of self-help, fostering group intimacy, and thinking through decolonial thought and aesthetics.

The exhibition CURRICULUM, at EFA through March 16, reimagines collective study outside of cultural institutions and creates pathways for resistance by asking the questions: What would a curriculum for collective study and political action look and feel like? Can simply being present together be a form of learning, a way of transforming one another? What is recuperable from decades past? What can we do that we have not yet done?

The practices and research taken up in CURRICULUM connect with the ideas and questions taken up by several of ICI's programs internationally, most notably Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. with ICI's investment in DIY culture, archives, hapticality and a capacity for queering our everyday. This event intends to introduce commonly engaged practitioners in New York through their respective elected affinities to consider and process current global and regional dynamics cultural producers from different fields are grappling with in the context of New York.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP here.

This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

Stamatina Gregory

Stamatina Gregory is a curator and art historian.

Jeanne Vaccaro

Jeanne Vaccaro is a writer, curator, and teacher whose work explores the intersection of aesthetics and the history and theory of trans and queer life.

Macarena Gómez-Barris

Macarena Gómez-Barris is Chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies and Director and Founder of the Global South Center at Pratt Institute.

Sarah Zapata

Sarah Zapata (b. 1988, Corpus Christi, TX, USA) makes work with labor-intensive processes such as handweaving, rope coiling, latch hooking, and sewing by intersecting theories of gender and ethnicity with pre-colonial histories and techniques.

Becca Albee

Becca Albee was born in Portland, ME, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

This event is co-presented with EFA Project Space, launched in September 2008 as a program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, a collaborative, cross-disciplinary arts venue founded on the belief that art is directly connected to the individuals who produce it, the communities that arise because of it, and to everyday life; and that by providing an arena for exploring these connections, we empower artists to forge new partnerships and encourage the expansion of ideas.

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.