curatorial intensive

Contemporary Curatorial Practice

Program Dates: July 8–17, 2012

Application Deadline: Passed

Recognizing there are few opportunities for professionals to receive practical training and guidance while also holding down a job, the Curatorial Intensive is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a week of intensive conversations around the issues and questions that regularly arise for curators. These range from the pragmatics of developing an exhibition and building working relationships with artists to the theoretical aspects of understanding how to turn a concept into a project and effectively communicate ideas.

Focusing on new models for curating and exhibition development, ICI’s annual summer Curatorial Intensive offers curators the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world and share ideas on how to push the parameters of their practice.

Teachers and advisors include New York-based independent curator Cecilia Alemani; Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator, White Columns, New York; and Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Application Guidelines
All applications must include a 500-word description of a program idea that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists that the applicant is considering. Also required are a current resume; a 500-1,000-word letter of intent; and a 500-word text that describes a recent exhibition that has made an impact on the applicant.

Fees and Scholarships
The program fee is 1,900 USD. Participants are responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. ICI also offers generous scholarship packages, subsidizing or eliminating the program fees and travel expenses of four participants.

For more information, visit ICI’s website or contact Education & Public Programs Manager Chelsea Haines at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


The Curatorial Intensive is made possible, in part, by grants from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, James Cohan, and the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and by the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

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