2022 Curatorial Forum

Curatorial Forum | EXPO CHICAGO
April 6–9, 2022
Closed-Door Sessions and Lecture
21c Museum Hotel and Navy Pier
Chicago, IL

The Curatorial Forum, presented annually in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO since 2016, aims to advance civic-minded curatorial practice and the role of curators in empowering local art scenes; and to promote regional collaborations and knowledge-sharing across the US.

This year’s Curatorial Forum will bring together over 40 mid-career and established curators from more than 15 U.S. states. In addition to a series of guided site visits to the fair and cultural institutions in Chicago, the curators will participate in a series of closed-doors sessions focusing on critical questions that are relevant to contemporary curatorial practice and its context, including civic engagement, racial equity, and labor condition in the curatorial field.

Participants include, among others:

Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha NE
Laura Allred Hurtado, Executive Director, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City UT
Amara Antilla, Senior Curator, CAC Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
Rehema Barber, Chief Curator, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo MI
Erin Dziedzic, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City MO
Ciara Ennis, Director and Curator, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont CA
Courtenay Finn, Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa CA
Marcela Guerrero, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
Craig Hadley, Executive Director, The Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City MI
Lauren Hinkson, Associate Curator of Collections, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY
Henriette Huldisch, Chief Curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN
Simon Kelly, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis MO
Nora Khan, independent curator, Providence RI
Alisha Kerlin, Director/Curator, Marjorie Barrick Museum UNLV, Las Vegas NV
Miranda Lash, Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver CO
Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Curator of American Art, Newark Museum of Art, Newark NJ
Catharina Manchanda, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA
Heather Nickels, Curatorial Fellow in African American Art and Art of the African Diaspora, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis TN
Jessica O’Hearn, Executive Director, Brookline Arts Center, Brookline MA
Liz Park, Richard Armstrong Curator of Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA
Rachel Reese, Director and Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art at UTC, Chattanooga TN
Mark Scala, Chief Curator, Frist Art Museum, Nashville TN
Lauren Schell Dickens, Senior Curator, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose CA
Emily Stamey, Curator and Head of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro NC
Jordan Stein, Curator, KADIST, San Francisco CA
Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, PAFA Philadelphia PA

Support for the 2022 Curatorial Forum is provided by EXPO CHICAGO, presenting sponsor 21c Hotel Museum; generous grants from the Joyce Foundation, Smart Family Foundation, and Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; and with additional support from UAP | Urban Art Projects, and Terry Dowd, Inc.


Image Credit: Closed-door session, Graham Foundation, Curatorial Forum 2018. Courtesy ICI.



April 6, 2022 - April 9, 2022



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.

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.

event updates

NEW YORK, NY 10013
T: +1 212 254 8200 F: +1 212 477 4781
E: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)