Intensive Alumni Updates 2021

Established in 2010 The Curatorial Intensive, ICI’s professional development program has fostered a new, dynamic, and diverse generation of curators. This Spring, we are sharing updates from our Alumni with their most recent appointments, exhibitions, publications, and projects.


Polly Brannan (New York Fall’ 15) has been appointed Artistic Director of Open School East in Margate, United Kingdom.

Steven L. Bridges (New York ‘10) has been appointed Senior Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs of MSU Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan.

Eoin Dara (Londonderry ’13) has been appointed as the Curator for the TULCA Festival for Visual Arts in Galway, Ireland.

Tandazani Dhlakama (Dakar ‘16) has been appointed to the Curatorial Team for the 13th edition of Bamako Encounters - African Biennale of Photography.

Özge Ersoy (Istanbul ‘13) has been appointed as the Research and Programming Associate, and Riksa Afiaty (Auckland ‘19) has been appointed as the Forum Liaison for the 13th edition of the Gwangju Biennale. On view January 4—September 5, 2021. 

Tessa Maria Guazon (Manila ’16) has been appointed to the Curatorial Team of the 2021 Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan.

Felicia Mings (New Orleans ‘15) has been appointed the Curator at the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto, Canada.


Övül Ö Durmusoglu (Inhotim ‘12) and Joanna Warsza co-curated the second edition of Die Balkone, a public art exhibition involving artists living in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg. (April 30 - May 2, 2021).

Paulina Ascencio Fuentes (New Orleans ‘15) curated, Uxmal-on-Hudson, a site-specific installation of the artist, Claudia Peña Salinas, at Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in Annadale-on-Hudson, New York. (April 3 - May 30, 2021).

Allison Glenn (New Orleans ‘16) curated, Promise, Witness, Remembrance at Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, reflecting on the life of Breonna Taylor. (April 7 - June 6, 2021).

Tiago de Abreu Pinto (New York ‘12) curated Al Aire Libre, a public art exhibition in both Brazil (August 22-23, 2020) and in Mexico (September 22-23, 2020).

Rotem Rozental (New York Fall ‘14) curated an online solo exhibition of Dana Arieli for the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. (April 19 - September 30, 2021).

Mari Spirito (Inhotim ‘12) and Abhijan Toto (Bangkok ‘18) co-curated a multi-city group exhibition, A Few in Many Places 2021, through Spirito’s Protocinema. (May 8 - August 8, 2021).

Sadie Woods (Dakar’ 16) co-curated, Minding My Business, (i said what i said) at The August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (May 22 - September 12, 2021).


Bakirathi Mani (Summer ’10) has published her second book, Unseeing Empire: Photography, Representation, South Asian America.


Kai Barrow (New Orleans ‘17) has been awarded the Visual and Performing Artist Residency through the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Giulia Colletti (Cape Town ‘19) has co-curated, Digital PTSD. The Practice of Art and Its Impact on Digital Trauma, a research program presented with Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin, Italy. The event took place on May 20, 2021.

Innocent Ekejiuba (Cape Town ‘19) has organized The Drill #2, a project that focuses on networking and offering creatives based in the UK, and Nigeria the opportunity to learn from established cultural leaders. The event took place on April 29, 2021.

Eleanor Scicchitano (Auckland ’19) has opened a new art space, Post Office Projects, in Port Adelaide, South Australia.



Image Caption: Fritzia Irízar, Sin título (desde el cráter 1), Color photograph, Courtesy of Al Aire Libre | Zeynep Kayan, patience-meditations, Video Still, 2021, Courtesy of Protocinema | Promise, Witness, Remembrance, installation view, Speed Art Museum, 2021, Photo by Xavier Burrell, Courtesy of Cultural Counsel | Sarah Alberti & Grischa Meyer, GIOVANNI ANSELMO: PARTICOLARE in Prenzlauer Berg / ENDLICHKEIT DER FREIHEIT BERLIN 1990, 2021, Foto: Martin Gasch

May 18, 2021


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