Curatorial Assembly in New Orleans

Image: Participants of the Curatorial Forum at EXPO Chicago with Miranda Lash, September 12–15, 2017.

Developed by ICI, the Curatorial Assembly in New Orleans will offer a small group of leading institutional curators, working in the American South, the opportunity to engage closely with their peers to explore pertinent issues relating to curating, programming, institutional building, audience engagement, and the development of regional and international networks.

The Curatorial Assembly will propose a format for knowledge exchange where each participant shares with the group their current research and upcoming programs. The format will encourage critical curatorial feedback from their cohort, while opening up the possibility of exploring the potential for cross-programing and institutional collaboration between the participants, and also with ICI’s traveling exhibition program.

The activities will be led by: María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs and Research, ICI) and Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI).

Participating curators include:
Andrea Andersson (Chief Curator of the Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans)
Lauren Haynes (Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art)
Miranda Lash (Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum)
Katie Pfohl (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art)
Trevor Schoonmaker (Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Curator of Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and Artistic Director, Prospect.4 New Orleans)

The 2017 Curatorial Assembly is made possible, in part, by support from the ADAA Foundation, Keller Family Foundation, and VIA Art Fund.


November 29, 2017 - December 1, 2017

Joan Mitchell Center
2275 Bayou Road
New Orleans, LA 70119


María del Carmen Carrión

María del Carmen Carrión is an independent curator and art critic from Quito, who received an MA from the Curatorial Practice Program at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, and taught at Universidad Católica in Quito. She is currently Director of Public Programs & Research at Independent Curators International in New York. She co-founded Constructo /, an international collective platform devoted to research and debate of art and visual culture. Since 2009, she has been a member of the curatorial college of ceroinspiración, an exhibition and residency space in Quito. Recent projects include: The Life of Objetcs, VOGT Gallery, New York (2011), Materia Prima, 8va Bienal de Mercosur, Porto Alegre (2011), Otros Fueros, collaboration with Tercerunquinto, EACC, Castelló (2011), Historias Fugaces, LABoral, Gijón (2011), and The Nature of Things at the Biennial of the Americas, chief curator Paola Santoscoy, Denver (2010). Former positions include: Associate Curator at New Langton Arts in San Francisco, and Research Coordinator for Museo de la Ciudad in Quito.

Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive & Artistic Director, and from December 2009 to March 2013, he served as ICI’s Deputy Director. Prior to this, he was the Senior Director at the Project in New York, as well as the Director of MC, in Los Angeles. Originally from Switzerland, Proch studied in London and moved to the West Coast of the U.S. in 2001. He co-founded ART2102 of Los Angeles in 2003, a non-profit organization that realized projects by artists and curators on- and off-site; and the backroom in 2005, a growing artists’ archive and itinerant research-oriented project presented in five cities in the U.S., Mexico and France. In 2011, he co-curated with Khwezi Gule a retrospective of South African artist Tracey Rose for the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, and the Umea Bildmuseet, Sweden, which also traveled to the Nikolaj Kunsthal, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Andrea Andersson

Andrea Andersson is Chief Curator of the Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.  She has toured exhibitions across North America to museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, The Power Plant Art Gallery (Toronto, ON), and Yale Union (Portland, OR).  Her scholarship traces the legacy of the interdisciplinary avant-garde in contemporary art practice; she has taught at NYU and Barnard College.  Her first book, Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, an edited volume of collected essays on the subject of conceptual writing, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press (Co-imprinted by MCA-Denver).

Lauren Haynes

Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Prior to joining Crystal Bridges in October 2016, Haynes spent nearly a decade at The Studio Museum in Harlem where she was, most recently the Associate Curator for the permanent collection. As a specialist in African-American modern and contemporary art, Haynes curated dozens of exhibitions at the Studio Museum and contemporary art institutions in New York. At the Studio Museum, Haynes oversaw the care and collection of the permanent collection as well as acquisitions and exhibitions. She is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators and serves on the Nomination and Governance Committee. Haynes is a recipient of a 2016 Gold Rush Award from Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Image: King Texas

Katie Pfohl

Katie Pfohl is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art.  She completed her Ph.D. in American Art at Harvard University in 2014, and has a wide range of curatorial experience including positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2006, she completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Projects at NOMA include Mending the Sky, which featured eleven contemporary artists responding to a world in distress, Bodies of Knowledge, which invited eleven international artists to reflect on questions surrounding cultural preservation and historical memory, Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories, which brought together seven artists to reflect on forgotten or marginalized histories of New Orleans, and Ear to the Ground, which explored environmental activism in contemporary art. Pfohl has also organized solo exhibitions for many emerging and established artists including Regina Agu, Alia Ali, Keith Sonnier, and Torkwase Dyson. Upcoming projects include Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds, and Ebony G. Patterson: …when the land is in plumage…

Trevor Schoonmaker

Trevor Schoonmaker is Artistic Director of Prospect.4 New Orleans, set to open in Fall 2017. He continues his role as Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, NC. Since joining the Nasher Museum in 2006 as its first curator of contemporary art, Trevor has been instrumental in developing the museum’s contemporary collection. Past exhibitions curated by Schoonmaker at the Nasher include: Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode (2007); the 2008 retrospective Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool; Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids (2009); The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (2010); Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquisitions (2011); Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection (2014); and the 2013 exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey. He is currently working on an in-depth exploration of the complex identity of the American South and the region’s profound influence on American culture. Trevor is a member of the board of directors for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., in New York.

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