curatorial intensive

Curating Time-Based Media

Program Dates: October 6–15, 2013

Fall 2013 Curatorial Intensive in New York
Application deadline: PASSED

This October in New York, Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive: Curating Time-Based Media, a ten-day professional development program that offers curators the opportunity to discuss, among colleagues, the concepts, logistics, and challenges of organizing exhibitions featuring durational art, installations, performance, dance, video, film, and sound art. Topics under discussion include new formats for durational projects, collecting and conservation, remaking historical work, and commissioning new pieces. Central to all sessions will be conversations discerning audience and publics, working with artists, 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. 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 international professionals that includes Philip Bither (McGuire Senior Curator of Performing Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), María del Carmen Carrión (Associate Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI, New York), Michael Connor (Editor & Curator, Rhizome, New York), Bradford Nordeen (Director, Dirty Looks, New York), Gridthiya Gaweewong (Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art House, Bangkok), Chrissie Iles (Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York), Ana Janevski (Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA, New York), Corey McCorkle (artist, New York), Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI), and Stephen Vitiello (artist, Richmond, VA).

Application Guidelines
12–14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. The applicant must have 3+ years of curatorial experience. Send a PDF application to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). 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.
- a current 250-word bio
- a 500-word letter of intent
- a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant
- a 600-word scholarship request (optional––see information below)

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.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship you must address the following questions in a short essay (less than 600 words): 1. What are your future educational and career goals? 2. How specifically would the Curatorial Intensive help you to achieve those future educational and career goals? 3. Because this scholarship is partially awarded on need-based criteria, please explain the specific nature of your past or current financial challenges.

Brazilian curators under the age of 35, living and working in Brazil, can apply for a scholarship that covers the program fee. Scholarships for curators from Turkey will be supported by SAHA. Applicants for the SAHA Curatorial Intensive Scholarship for candidates of Turkish origin must send an additional letter of reference to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by the application deadline.

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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.


The Curatorial Intensive is made possible in part by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Hartfield Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund. The fall program is also supported by the Asian Cultural Council.


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