2015 Fall Curatorial Intensive Symposium

Fall 2015 Curatorial Intensive: Public Symposium
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

The Fall 2015 Curatorial Intensive participants will each present their exhibition and project proposals that they have developed throughout the course of the program.

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 ten-day professional development program which brings together emerging curators from around the world for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please click HERE for more information on the program.

Participants include: Jessica Berlanga (Mexico City, Mexico), Polly Brannan (Liverpool, England), Chloe Geoghegan (Dunedin, New Zealand), Maiza Hixson (Wilmington, DE), Kati Ilves (Tallinn, Estonia), Jamilee Lacy (Providence, RI), Karen Patterson (Sheboygan, WI), Chloe Reith (Edinburgh, Scotland), Alexandra Stock (Cairo, Egypt), Eszter Szakács (Budapest, Hungary), Selin Turam (Istanbul, Turkey), and Mathilde Walker-Billaud (New York, NY).

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September 22, 2015

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Jessica Berlanga

Jessica Berlanga Taylor is Chief Curator at Fundación Alumnos47, a non-profit organization in Mexico City dedicated to art and education. There she coordinates research projects and public programming such as Liminal Zones, a trans disciplinary, collaborative project that engages with the diversity of interactions between social art practices, Critical Pedagogy and Gender Studies; Proyecto Líquido, an open-ended curatorial project committed to exploring alternative curatorial formats and commission new performance art; and Sincrónico, a year-long workshop with established artists for emerging artists. An art critic and curator, she holds an MA in Art History and a specialization in Gender Studies, and has published in Frieze, Art Forum, national newspapers and magazines as well as catalogues and books. She was the editor of the online magazine re-d: art, visual culture and gender studies for The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is interested in exploring the relationships between contemporary art and other disciplines such as critical pedagogy, gender studies, human rights and literature in order to imagine and materialize the present and nearby futures, where creation and collaboration lead the way.

Polly Brannan

Polly Brannan is Education Curator at the Liverpool Biennial. She is an artist and educator who has produced projects at Frieze Art Fair, Lisbon Experimenta Festival and Nottingham Contemporary, amongst others. She was Collaborations Curator at Studio Voltaire from 2006-9, and Education Curator at Serpentine Gallery from 2011-13. She is co-founder of network Avant Gardening, and was a member of the collective public works from 2005-2011.

Chloe Geoghegan

Chloe Geoghegan is Curator of Art at the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hakena, at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2017 and 2018 she was an independent writer and curator; 2014-2017 she was Director of Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Art Project Space; 2012-2014 she co-founded Dog Park artist-run space in Christchurch. In 2016 she travelled to China and Korea for 3 weeks on the annual Creative New Zealand Asia New Zealand 2016 Curators Tour; in 2015 she took part in the ICI Fall Curatorial Intensive in New York; in 2015 and 2016 together with Melanie Oliver she developed NZ’s first Emerging Curators Programme. She is interested in furthering curatorial discourse in Aotearoa through critical writing, exhibiting and publishing. She holds a BFA(Hons) from the University of Canterbury in Graphic Design and Art History, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Curatorship. Recent projects include: ‘Abject Failures’ at Hastings City Art Gallery (2018), ‘Cul-de-sac’ at RM, Auckland (2018), ‘A Year of Conscious Practice’ online (2016-present) and ‘Zero to Hero’ at TBC Art Inc, Melbourne (2016). She intermittently writes for: Contemporary HUM, Pantograph Punch and the Journal of Curatorial Studies and for a range of other publications, institutions and artists.

Maiza Hixson

Maiza Hixson is a performance artist and curator currently based in Santa Barbara, CA. She is the resident Chance Encounter Specialist at the Santa Barbara Center for Art, Science, and Technology (SBCAST), a solar-powered, live/work community. Her most recent performances at SBCAST include: Dream Disaster; Running For Office; and Art Movement Desensitization and Recall (AMDR Therapy). Her most recent curatorial projects include: Campos de Ensueños: The Photography of Antonio Arredondo Juarez and Ricardo Palavecino for Channing Peake and Betteravia Galleries in Santa Barbara County and Welcome to the Anthropocene for Gallery 110 in Seattle, WA. While serving as Chief Curator of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) from 2010-2015, Hixson organized such exhibitions as Radical Participation: A Series of Four Interactive Exhibitions funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation; Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition and Young Country: On Rural Themes in Art. Prior to working for the DCCA, she was a curatorial assistant at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia and served as Associate Curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati from 2006-2009 where she curated group and solo exhibitions including American Idyll: Contemporary Art and Karaoke and Marilyn Minter: Chewing Color. Hixson’s experimental curatorial video work, Oh Boy: On Men and Masculinity was featured in the People’s Biennial curated by Jens Hoffman and Harrell Fletcher, which traveled to five contemporary art museums across the United States between 2010-2012. Hixson is also co-founder of the conceptual art space, The Shaft, with Lauren Ruth. As part of The Shaft, Hixson has performed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Cannonball, Miami; The Koban in Baltimore; Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia; and Soap Factory, Minneapolis. Hixson studied Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received an M.A. in Critical and Curatorial Studies from the University of Louisville and holds a B.A. in French.

Kati Ilves

Kati Ilves (1984, Estonia) works as a curator in the Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia. Kumu is the largest of the five branches of the Art Museum of Estonia, displaying both permanent and temporary exhibitions. In Kumu, Ilves is in charge of the contemporary art gallery, and focuses on curating the current tendencies in Estonian and international art, as well as introducing the classics of modern and contemporary art to the public. She has curated solo exhibitions and group shows, and put together research-based projects, such as an exhibition focusing on the development of the sound art discipline. Ilves has also edited several catalogues and books accompanying exhibitions and has made a documentary film about the artist Raoul Kurvitz, a central figure in the Estonian art scene at the beginning of the 1990s. She is the initiator of the Kumu Art Film Festival KuFF: the first cultural event in Estonia of its kind, which highlights works by visual artists, focusing on the relationship between film and art. Since 2009, she has been a lecturer in the Department of Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She is also a board member of the magazine Estonian Art and a regular writer for several papers.
Her current fields of interest include the history of contemporary art curating and working with the archives of past exhibitions. Ilves graduated from the Department of Art History at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and studied literature and film in Paris 8 University. 

Jamilee Lacy

Jamilee Lacy is the newly appointed director and curator of Providence College—Galleries in Rhode Island, where she is developing a new contemporary art exhibition program and teaching collection. Recent and forthcoming Providence College—Galleries projects organized by Lacy include Helsingista by Ari Pelkonen and Valpuri Kylmanen, A Platform for Traits by Heather Leigh McPherson and Spectacular Vernacular, featuring Mexico City artists José Arnaud-Bello, Pia Camil and Ramiro Chaves.  She is also producing (with Meg Onli) Remaking the Black Metropolis: Contemporary Art, Urbanity and Blackness in America, a forthcoming research survey partially funded by a grant from the Graham Foundation. Before relocating to the East coast, Lacy worked in Chicago as the founding curator of Twelve Galleries Project, a nomadic curatorial project, and as managing editor for Bad at Sports, a leading international arts journal and podcast. She has additionally held positions as inaugural curator-in-residence for Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri; curatorial writer for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois; and curatorial associate for the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic. Lacy holds two undergraduate degrees in art history and studio art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a MA in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University.

Karen Patterson

Karen Patterson is Curator at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Her primary focus is the Arts Center’s premier collection of folk art, self-taught art, and artist environments. She incorporates these works into curatorial projects that explore a variety of contemporary themes. She also works with a range of artists, artworks, and commissioned site-specific pieces. Her recent curatorial projects include Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez, Ray Yoshida’s Museum of Extraordinary Values, and This Must Be The Place, an exhibition series exploring the relationship between artists and their formative places. Karen completed her Bachelor of Arts in Folklore Studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and her Masters of Art Administration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her focus was the home collection of Chicago artist Ray Yoshida. Prior to joining JMKAC, she developed interpretive programs for house museums and heritage sites in Canada and the US and co-founded a 12-hour public art festival, Nocturne: Art at Night, in Nova Scotia.

Chloe Reith

Chloe Reith (Aberdeen, 1982) is a curator and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since 2013 Chloe has been Exhibitions Officer at Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Recent exhibitions curated for the gallery include Nicolas Party: Boys and Pastel (2015), Raoul De Keyser: Paintings 1967 – 2011 (2015) and Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools 1967 – 2014 (2014). She has also supported the delivery of exhibitions by Isa Genzken, Corin Sworn and Alex Dordoy. In 2013 she presented a group exhibition of emerging artists, Reality and Constructed Factual, as part of the Art Sheffield festival of contemporary art, an independent project supported by Arts Council England. She has developed projects including the S1/SALON 2012 screening programme for S1 Artspace, Sheffield where she supported new commissions and exhibitions by Jennifer West, Melissa Gordon and Jessica Warboys. Chloe has also held posts at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and Portfolio Contemporary Photography Magazine, project managing the national Jerwood Photography Awards. She has written for publications including Kaleidoscope, Corridor8, thisistomorrow and Line Magazine and was a commissioned writer for All Points North. Chloe studied MA Art Museum & Gallery Studies, at Newcastle University, passing with Distinction, and MA History of Art and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. Her current research interests include curatorial agency and the status of curatorship, as well as the politics of display - subjects she will be addressing in a co-curated group exhibition to be presented in Edinburgh in late 2015.

Alexandra Stock

Alexandra Stock is a Swiss/American curator, artist & consultant with over a decade of experience in curatorial practice and arts management in the Middle East. She is the Creative Director of ARCHiNOS, Egypt’s leading architecture, design and conservation firm that operates at the intersections of tangible & intangible cultural heritage and contemporary art & design. She previously held curatorial and/or managerial positions at the Townhouse Gallery and Beirut, both in Cairo, and Al Riwaq Art Space in Bahrain. Stock graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts with a BFA in Art Theory, completed De Appel’s Curatorial Program in Amsterdam and studied Arabic at the DEAC in Cairo. She is a participant of the yearlong Townhouse Curatorial Program and the Townhouse ISP in Cairo, the first initiatives of their kind both offered in and focused on the history & historiography of art in the greater Middle East. For three seasons, Stock represented the MENA region on the International Council advisory board of PBS’s Peabody and Emmy award-winning broadcast program ‘Art in the Twenty-First Century’ and later consulted for the Bahrain Authority for Culture & Antiquities. In addition to her work with ARCHiNOS, Stock is devoting time to graduate studies in Global Diplomacy (with a focus on Cultural Diplomacy) at SOAS and Cultural Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Eszter Szakács

Eszter Szakács is a curator, editor, and researcher in Budapest. She works at the contemporary art organization, where she is co-editor of the online international art magazine Mezosfera, co-editor of the book IMAGINATION/IDEA: The Beginning of Hungarian Conceptual Art—The László Beke Collection, 1971 (Budapest, Zurich:, JRP|Ringier, 2014), and she curated the collaborative research project Curatorial Dictionary, which has been realized in online and offline formats, including being one of the participating projects of ICI’s exhibition Publishing Against the Grain. She was a research group member of the ...OPEN MUSEUM...project initiated by the Museum of Ethnography, Budapest (2014–2018). She is co-editor with Naeem Mohaiemen of the forthcoming anthology Solidarity Must Be Defended ( – Van Abbemuseum – SALT – Tricontinental – Asia Culture Center, 2020). She is a curatorial team member of the civil initiative OFF-Biennale Budapest. Her practice revolves around questions of internationalism, methods of cultural resistance, relations between Eastern Europe and the Global South, as well as the exhibition form of research.

Selin Turam

Selin Turam graduated from Central Saint Martins, with a BA in Curation, Communication and Criticism in Art & Design in 2010. After graduation, she returned to İstanbul and started working as an Assistant Coordinator in Pera Museum’s Contemporary Exhibitions section (2011-2012). After working in the museum for two years, Turam curated the exhibition “There” at Contemporary Istanbul in 2012 (Art Fair), which included 65 artists from the participating galleries. She has also worked as a freelance consultant / curator (Zilberman Gallery, CDA Projects, GAMA Gallery). After meeting Mari Spirito, (Director and Curator of Protocinema) in İstanbul, Turam has worked as the freelance Exhibitions Coordinator and Artist Liaison, for the exhibitions of Brian O’Connell, Jacob Kassay and Trevor Paglen, Ahmet Öğüt and Can Altay during the years 2012-2014. Selin Turam decided to challenge her experience with Art Fairs, worked as the Assistant to Creative Director (Stephane Ackermann)(2013-2014) at Art International Istanbul, where she was responsible for the Artistic Projects that took place within the Fair.

Mathilde Walker-Billaud

Mathilde Walker-Billaud is a curator and cultural producer based in New York City. With a focus on literature, performance and time-based media, her multidisciplinary projects grapple with Western systems of representation and knowledge. She held positions as Assistant Editor at the National Centre for Dance, Program Director at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, Program Coordinator at Villa Gillet (NYC festival “Walls and Bridges”), Workshop Curator at UnionDocs, and Creative Manager at company nora chipaumire. She organized lectures, screenings, and performances in various institutions including Bard College, Colgate University, UnionDocs, Triangle Arts, Anthology Film Archives and the Metrograph (Flaherty NYC). Between 2014 and 2019, she programmed and hosted the screening and lecture series on spectatorship “What You Get Is What You see” (Jace Clayton, Ilana Harris-Babou, Elisa Gardina Papa, Martha Rosler, Luc Sante and more) at UnionDocs. Her most recent projects are the film series “2019 Fall Flaherty NYC: Surface Knowledge,” the interdisciplinary program “Women in Public” and the BKH Curator Award 2020 exhibition The World Is Gone, I Must Carry You at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (with Susan Hiller, Sky Hopinka, Bethan Huws, Gala Porras-Kim and Krista Belle Stewart). Her writing and voice have appeared in BOMB Magazine, ART PAPERS, Cinema Camp Festival 2020 and the podcast Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything. She received an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in 2019.

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