2020 Online Curatorial Forum | EXPO Chicago

Online Curatorial Forum | EXPO CHICAGO
September 24, 2020

Closed-Door Sessions

The Curatorial Forum, presented by in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, brings together mid-career and established U.S.-based curators during the annual fair to generate conversations around the civic responsibilities of museums, accessibility, regionalism, and race and representation. This year has brought the issue of racial equity to the forefront of institutional and curatorial fields. In response, this virtual convening of the Forum on Thursday, September 24 will generate new conversations on how museums and institutions can both respond and commit to long-term, meaningful change. The online discussion, composed of three peer-led Zoom sessions with past participants and new Chicago-based leaders, will center on racial equity in US museums and institutions and promote the Forum’s two main goals—advancing civic-minded practice and the role of curators in empowering local art scenes; and promoting regional collaborations and knowledge-sharing across the US.

2020 Session Leaders:
Candice Hopkins (Independent Curator)
C. Ondine Chavoya (Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies, Williams College)
Kimberli Gant (Chrysler Museum of Art)

2020 Participating Curators:
Kaytie Johnson (John Michael Kohler Arts Center)
Tanya Zimbardo (SFMOMA)
Abigail Winograd (Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago)
Marcela Guerrero (Whitney Museum of American Art)
Katie Pfohl (NOMA)
Lauren Schell Dickens (San José Museum of Art)
Wassan Al-Khudhairi (Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis)
Julie Rodrigues-Widholm (BAMPFA)
Naima Keith (LACMA and Prospect.5)
Heather Nickels (Memphis Brooks Museum of Art)
Orianna Cacchione (Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago)
Janet Dees (Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University)
Hendrik Folkerts (Art Institute of Chicago)
Srimoyee Mitra (Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan)
Rachel Adams (Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts)
Allison Glenn (Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art)
Maria Elena Ortiz (Pérez Art Museum Miami)
Laura Burkhalter (Des Moines Art Center)
Rehema C. Barber Williams (Kalamazoo Institute of Arts)

ICI’s Curatorial Forum closed-door session, in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, 2017. Photo: Mitch Cannof

September 24, 2020


Candice Hopkins

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer of Tlingit descent originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. She is Senior Curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art and co-curator of the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada. She was a part of the curatorial team for documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany and a co-curator of the major exhibitions Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, and the 2014 SITElines biennial, Unsettled Landscapes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her writing is published widely and her recent essays and presentations include “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind and Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices at Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway. She has lectures internationally including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dak’Art Biennale, Artists Space, Tate Britain and the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art and the 2016 the Prix pour un essai critique sur l’art contemporain by the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco. She is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.

C. Ondine Chavoya

C. Ondine Chavoya is Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous texts on Chicano avant-garde art, video, and experimental cinema, and is a leading figure in the field of Latinx art history and visual culture. His curatorial projects have addressed issues of collaboration, experimentation, social justice, and archival practices in contemporary art. Chavoya has organized exhibitions and events including Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987, the first museum retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the performance and conceptual art group Asco (2011-2013) with Rita Gonzalez, and Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography (2016) and Michel Auder: Chronicles and Other Scenes (2004) with Lisa Dorin.

Kimberli Gant

Kimberli Gant, PhD is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Previously she was the Mellon Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum, in Newark, New Jersey.

Independent Curators International (ICI)

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.


EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art features leading international galleries alongside one of the highest quality platforms for contemporary art and culture. Hosted within historic Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, EXPO CHICAGO presents a diverse program, including /Dialogues (presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Exchange by Northern Trust, an unrivaled talks program for both public and VIP audiences; IN/SITU, dynamic on-site installations highlighting large-scale sculpture, film, and site-specific work; and major public art initiatives, including IN/SITU Outside, public art installed throughout Chicago Park District locations, and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, a curated selection of international artists throughout the city’s digital billboard network. The EXPO CHICAGO program also features an unprecedented commitment to host curatorial initiatives during the exposition, including the Curatorial Forum in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), and the Curatorial Exchange, which partners with foreign agencies and consulates to expand the exposition’s global reach. EXPO CHICAGO is the publisher of THE SEEN, Chicago’s only international journal of contemporary and modern art criticism, distributed throughout the United States and Europe.

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