Over the last decade, ICI has developed curatorial fellowships and research opportunities for emerging and mid-career curators, aimed at supporting them in the advancement of their practice and to generate new knowledge in the field. These initiatives have complemented ICI’s professional development programs for curators at all career levels, from the Curatorial Intensive for emerging curators and the Curatorial Seminar for mid-career professionals, to several more research-focused and network-building convenings for all professionals, such as the Curatorial Forum.
ICI is currently expanding its Curatorial Research Fellowships program with a focus on promoting experimentation, collaboration, and international engagement in the field. The expansion is primarily aimed towards ICI’s Curatorial Intensive alumni, and part of a series of new opportunities providing alumni with critical support as they move through the stages of their career. ICI’s Fellowships encourage independent research study and the development of a curatorial project and provide modest financial support, mentorship specific to the fellow’s research interests, and whenever possible, the opportunity to travel. They leverage our programs and international networks of collaborators to create opportunities for continued learning, mentorship, and support of each fellow’s inquiry into artistic and curatorial practices.
Recent developments in ICI’s Fellowships program include the creation in November 2020 of the inaugural Indigenous Curatorial Research Fellowship, specifically intended to support Indigenous curators in developing their curatorial practice, and awarded to Jordan Wilson; the announcement in February 2021 of two Curatorial Research Fellowships focused on artistic and curatorial practice taking place in an area defined by the Mississippi River, awarded to Curatorial Intensive alumni Brandon Alvendia and Lydia Y. Nichols; and the open call for applications in March 2021 for two more Curatorial Research Fellowships open to BIPOC curators based in the U.S. and curators of African descent based anywhere in the world, under the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor. Given this overwhelming response and the strength of the candidates, two additional fellowships were immediately made available at Steve McQueen’s behest and with his support. The fellowships were awarded to Anaïs Duplan, Negarra A. Kudumu, Marie Hélène Pereira, and Ronald Rose-Antoinette.