curatorial intensive

Curatorial Intensive: Instituto Inhotim

Program Dates: April 22–28, 2012

Application Deadline: Passed

ICI and Instituto Inhotim in Minas Gerais, Brazil are now accepting applications from curators working internationally to participate in a short-course training program.

Organized from April 22–28, 2012, the Curatorial Intensive will employ Instituto Inhotim as a case study to explore how curatorial practices negotiate issues of commissioning and adaptation of site-specific works; interpretation and recreation of lost and unrealized projects; and concepts of the expanded museum and exhibition, such as curating through collection building; the spatial expansion of the institution; and new forms of outreach and audience development.

The 7-day program will focus on case studies with artists who have produced works at Inhotim, as well as public panel discussions and closed-door seminars relating to context-specificity. Faculty includes Kate Fowle (Director, ICI); James Lingwood (Co-Director, Artangel), Rodrigo Moura (Curator, Inhotim); independent curators Victoria Noorthoorn and Adriano Pedrosa, Allan Schwartzman (Chief Curator, Inhotim), and Jochen Volz (Artistic Director, Inhotim).

The Curatorial Intensive at Inhotim is organized in affiliation with a post-graduate seminar at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Application Guidelines: 10–14 applicants working internationally will be selected to participate in the Curatorial Intensive. Individuals must apply with a description of a curatorial project that he or she would like to develop through the program, a resume, a description of a recent exhibition that has made an impact on the applicant, and a cover letter. Applicants must demonstrate at least five years of curatorial experience for consideration into the program.

Fees and Scholarships:
The program fee is 2,000 USD. Participants are responsible for covering the cost of flights, accommodation, and most meals. The program will provide for local transportation, some meals, and will recommend affordable accommodation in the area. Scholarship packages, awarded based on merit, will eliminate or subsidize the program fees of several participants.

About Instituto Inhotim

Instituto Inhotim is a unique site that offers a broad ensemble of art works, displayed outdoors as well as in both temporary and permanent galleries, all located inside a Botanical Garden of extraordinary beauty.  Decreed a Civil Society Organization of Public Interest, Inhotim offers, in addition to these areas of artistic enjoyment and entertainment, environmental research work, educational actions and an important program of social inclusion and citizenship for the local population. The art collection comprises over 500 works by artists of national and international renown, such as Adriana Varejão, Helio Oiticica, Cildo Meireles, Chris Burden, Matthew Barney, Doug Aitken, and Janet Cardiff, among others. Inhotim distinguishes itself from other museums by offering artists unique conditions for developing their art right inside the park.


The Curatorial Intensive is made possible, in part, by grants from Affirmation Arts, the Dedalus Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, James Cohan, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

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