A training intensive for aspiring curators
Building on its history as a hub for curatorial ideas, ICI is supporting a new generation of curators to develop exhibition proposals.
The first iteration of The Curatorial Intensive took place in June 2010 in New York for emerging curators. From an open competition, 17 individuals were selected to come to New York and work with some of today’s leading curators and artists. Through a rigorous schedule of workshops, discussions and critiques, as well as site visits to local institutions and artist’s studios, each participant was led through the process of developing an idea for an exhibition into a full exhibition proposal.
After the New York phase of the project, ICI is continuing to work with participants long-distance to finalize their proposals. The Curatorial Intensive has been organized in partnership with the CUE Art Foundation, which will provide its virtual gallery as a platform for participants to publish their proposals online so that broad publics, as well as the hundreds of institutions with which ICI works, can view the final proposals.
ICI is uniquely positioned to establish The Curatorial Intensive, having worked with a wide range of curators to develop innovative traveling exhibitions. In 35 years ICI has organized 116 shows, which have been presented in 590 institutions in 48 states and 25 countries worldwide, and experienced by nearly 6 million people.
The Curatorial Intensive was developed by ICI’s Executive Director, Kate Fowle, who recently joined ICI after working as the International Curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Prior to her time in China, Fowle spent 6 years in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts, where she was the director of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice, which she founded in 2002 with Ralph Rugoff.