curatorial intensive

What Does it Mean to be International?

Program Dates: October 27–November 2, 2013

Curatorial Intensive in Tokyo
Application deadline:

Developed by ICI in collaboration with the Mori Art Museum, the Curatorial Intensive: What Does it Mean to be International? will examine the current state of the Asian contemporary art scene within the larger global context. The program will explore the idea of internationality and interrelations among Asian countries, asking whether the new economic and political landscapes of the region are generating competition between cities and countries, or rather a framework for mutual cultural understanding. Aiming to spark an enriching dialogue about different forms of modernity and interconnectivity, this program will ask how curators and institutions are envisioning their role in a rapidly changing environment.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of international professionals that includes María del Carmen Carrión (Associate Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI, New York), Doryun Chong (Chief Curator, M+ Hong Kong), Cosmin Costinas (Executive Director Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong), Patrick D. Flores (Curator, Vargas Museum, Manila, and Adjunct Curator, National Art Gallery, Singapore), Kate Fowle (Director-at-Large, ICI, and Chief Curator, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow), Yasuko Furuichi (Exhibition Coordinator, Asia and Oceania Section, Arts and Culture Dept., The Japan Foundation, Tokyo), Michio Hayashi (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Tokyo), Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo), Raiji Kuroda (Chief Curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum), Dr. Sook-Kyung Lee (Research Curator, Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific, London), and Yukinori Yanagi (artist, Hiroshima).

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 (i.e., an exhibition review)
- 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.

The Wu ZuoRen Curators Fund generously supports program fee scholarships for Chinese nationals. Brazilian curators under the age of 35, living and working in Brazil, can apply for a scholarship that covers the program fee and supports travel and accommodation expenses. 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.

About Mori Art Museum
Mori Art Museum was inaugurated in 2003 on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower as the primary cultural component of the entire development district. It has been striving to take the lead in introducing contemporary art from around the world, and in particular, Asia, with the key emphasis on contemporaneity and internationality. Its exhibition programs have been taking diverse focus over different artistic genres including art, design, fashion, and architecture, different regions from China, India to the Middle East, and a broader historical timeframe seen through contemporary lenses. Taking advantage of the nature of its location, the Mori Art Museum has contributed to making “contemporary art” accessible to the wider public and continues to implement and promote its vision of Art and Life in the 21st century.


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.


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