Application Deadline: PASSED
This September, Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive: Curating Now, a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions, public programs, and other discursive formats.
The Curatorial Intensive is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous itinerary of conversations and presentations that support the process of developing an idea for an exhibition or program into a full proposal, and is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a week of intensive discussions around the issues and questions that arise for curators. Topics range from the pragmatics of developing a program and building working relationships with artists to the theoretical aspects of understanding how to turn a concept into a project and effectively communicate ideas.
Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes Anne Barlow (Director, Art in General, New York), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI, New York), Stuart Comer (Chief Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA), Holland Cotter (Co-chief Art Critic and Senior Writer, The New York Times), Reem Fadda (Associate Curator of Middle Eastern Art, Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York), Lia Gangitano (Founder/Director, Participant Inc, New York), Andrea Geyer (artist, New York), Elizabeth M. Grady (Director of Programs, A Blade of Grass, New York), Larissa Harris (Curator, Queens Museum of Art, New York), Tumelo Mosaka (independent curator, New York), and Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI, New York), among others.
12–14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience. All applications must include a 500-word description of an exhibition or 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 250-word bio, a 500-word letter of intent, and a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant.
About the Curatorial Intensive
The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers a group of curators the chance to develop project ideas and make connections with professionals in the field. It also provides the invaluable opportunity for peer-group education, forging new networks internationally. The Curatorial Intensive takes place twice annually in New York, and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.