curatorial intensive

Curating Beyond Exhibition-Making

Program Dates: October 21–30, 2012

Program Dates: October 21–30, 2012

Application Deadline: PASSED

This fall Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive: Curating Beyond Exhibition-Making, the first short course to offer training to curators on the concepts and logistics of organizing public events, workshops and other discursive program formats. Topics under discussion included new formats for durational pedagogical projects and the production of events and curatorial publications, as well as more traditional museum education models. Central to all sessions were discussions discerning audience and publics, and the consideration of time and space in relation to programming.

Recognizing there are few opportunities for professionals to receive practical training and guidance while also working, the Curatorial Intensive is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a week of intensive conversations around issues and questions that arise for curators. These 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.

This Intensive was developed in collaboration with Dominic Willsdon (Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SF MoMA). Other Faculty and advisors included Sarah Hromack (Head of Digital Media, Whitney Museum of American Art), Brian Kuan Wood (Editor, e-flux journal), Carin Kuoni (Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School), Chus Martinez (Head of Department, Documenta 13), Sina Najafi (Editor-in-Chief, Cabinet Magazine), Sofía Olascoaga (independent curator and educator) and Sally Tallant (Artistic Director, Liverpool Biennial).

Fees and Scholarships:
The program fee is 1,900 USD. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Scholarship packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fees, accommodation and travel expenses are available and awarded based on merit. Scholarships for curators from Turkey will be supported by SAHA.


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, the National Arts Council of Singapore and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, James Cohan, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and by the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

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