Independent Curators International supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement.

Independent Curators International supports the work of curators to help create stronger art communities through experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement.

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Notes for Tomorrow is an exhibition conceived by ICI that takes the events of 2020 as a jumping-off point for a radical reassessment of our present. In 2020, ICI turned to our worldwide network of curators and asked them to share one artwork they believe is vital to be seen today. The resulting exhibition features artworks selected by thirty curators from around the globe that take on many of the issues that have moved to the fore in the pandemic's aftermath. In this necessary moment of cultural transition, each work is a source of inspiration from the recent past towards new futures.

Arising from a moment where collective crisis had to be managed through collective care, Notes for Tomorrow understands that no singular voice can guide us forward. Instead, it presents a network of overlapping solutions. The works on view are connected across geographies by a shared interest in decolonization. In many works, nature is a recurring focus; at the same time, there are projects that imagine digital space as a point for connection to one another, and even to the sacred. A number of artists stress the importance of sustaining cultural memory and sharing knowledge, while also maintaining a critical gaze toward the monument and the museum. Above all, the works in Notes for Tomorrow call for change. Notes for Tomorrow also explicitly champions new voices. It was curated from selections by alumni of ICI’s Curatorial Intensive, a professional development program founded in 2010 on principles of international exchange, inclusivity, and knowledge-sharing.

For Notes for Tomorrow, the traveling exhibition format has been recalibrated to encourage international collaboration and versatile modes of presentation. The exhibition travels digitally to museums, university galleries, and independent art spaces where artworks are produced on-site, engaging local resources and responding to the local context. Because of the exhibiiton's format, simultaneous presentations across the globe are possible and encouraged; additionally, the exhibition makes room for the addition of local voices throughout the project. Each iteration engages audiences with video, photography, installations, murals, and scores within the gallery space, outside, and online.

Artists: Madiha Aijaz, Ernesto Bautista, Maeve Brennan, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Luke Luokun Cheng, A Liberated Library for Education, Inspiration, and Action, Nothando Chiwanga, Shezad Dawood, Demian DinéYazhi', Cao Guimarães, Ilana Harris-Babou, Rei Hayama, Amrita Hepi, INVASORIX, Tamás Kaszás, Ali Kazma, David Lozano, Mona Marzouk, Joiri Minaya, Peter Morin, Omehen, Daniela Ortiz, Kristina Kay Robinson, Luiz Roque, Mark Salvatus, Ibrahima Thiam, u/n multitude, Wayne Kaumualii Westlake, and Yan Shi

Notes for Tomorrow is a traveling exhibition organized and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI) and initiated by Frances Wu Giarratano, Jordan Jones, Becky Nahom, Renaud Proch, and Monica Terrero. The exhibition was made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, VIA Art Fund, and ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum.

Touring locations

Tour Dates: 2021 - 2025
Number of Projects: 30
Space requirements: extremely flexible; anywhere from 1,000 sq feet to 7,000 sq feet
Technical Requirements: The exhibition files will be sent digitally and artwork is produced locally per the artists’ instructions. Production requirements are flexible and venues can use available technology.

For additional information, as well as to check specific dates of availability, contact Becky Nahom at