curatorial intensive

Curatorial Intensive in New York

Program Dates: September 13–22, 2015

Application Deadline: July 24, 2015

This September, Independent Curators International (ICI) produces the Curatorial Intensive in New York, 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 curatorial models.

The Curatorial Intensive is designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule of seminars, conversations, and presentations that support the process of developing an idea for an exhibition or program into a full proposal. The program is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a weeklong itinerary of discussions around the issues that arise for curators. Topics range from the pragmatics of exhibition-making and building working relationships with artists to the theoretical aspects of expanding upon research-based practices and understanding how to communicate ideas effectively.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of professionals that includes: Johanna Burton (Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum, New York), María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI, New York), Pablo Helguera (artist, New York), Lindsay Pollock (Editor in Chief, Art in America), Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI, New York), Laura Raicovich (Director, Queens Museum, New York), and Ingrid Schaffner (Curator, Carnegie International 2018, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh), among others.

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. 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, similar to an exhibition review.

For more information or questions, please email Siri Bertelsen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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 the U.S., and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.


The Curatorial Intensive is made possible in part by grants from the Hartfield Foundation; scholarship funds from SPRING/BREAK Art Show; 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.

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fees & 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 would like to apply for a scholarship, please include a letter of motivation with your application. Scholarships for curators from Turkey will be supported by SAHA.

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