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Curatorial Intensive New Orleans 2015

Jan 18 – 24, 2015

New Orleans, LA, USA
Prospect New Orleans and the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Independent Curators International (ICI), in collaboration with Prospect New Orleans and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, presents the inaugural Curatorial Intensive in New Orleans.

The program represents the first Curatorial Intensive in the U.S. outside New York since earlier collaborations with the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI) in 2010–11. The course is part of an ongoing series of programs engaging with curatorial and artistic practices around the Gulf of Mexico – including exhibitions and curatorial research fellowships – and is one of several partnerships ICI has developed in the Crescent City.

The Intensive brings together emerging curators from across the American South and worldwide for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial projects, and explore Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the international biennial curated by Franklin Sirmans.

Saisha Grayson

Saisha Grayson is the curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Charles Campbell

Charles Campbell is a Jamaican born multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator.

Brandon Alvendia

Brandon Alvendia is an artist, independent curator, and educator.

Paulina Ascencio

Paulina Ascencio (b. Guadalajara, 1988) is an independent curator and researcher based in Mexico, with a background in Philosophy and Social Sciences.

Katherine Cohn

Katherine Cohn is a curator and producer finishing an M.A. degree in Columbia University’s Modern Critical and Curatorial Studies program.

Marcela Correa

Marcela Correa has recently received two MA degrees in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and in The History and Business of Art and Collecting from the Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts/Warwick University in Paris and London, and has worked in several European galleries.

Ryan N. Dennis

Ryan N. Dennis is the Senior Curator and Director of Public Initiatives at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH). 

Lauren Schell Dickens

Lauren Schell Dickens is senior curator at the San José Museum of Art.

Katherine Gressel

Katherine Gressel is a NYC-based independent curator, artist and writer focused on public/site-specific art.

Melissa Messina

Melissa Messina curated solo exhibitions for such artists as Nick Cave, Whitfield Lovell, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Shinique Smith, and the photography exhibition Room In My Head: Staging Psychological Spaces, among others as the former Senior Curator at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Felicia Mings

Felicia Mings is a Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU).

Yesomi Umolu

Yesomi Umolu is Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice for the Serpentine Galleries.

Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive & Artistic Director.

María del Carmen Carrión

María del Carmen Carrión is Project Manager for the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Valerie Cassel Oliver is Curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA).

Claire Tancons

Trained as a curator and art historian, Claire Tancons practices curating as an expanded creative field and experiments with the political aesthetics of walking, marching, second lining, masquerading and parading in participatory processional performances.

Elvira Dyangani Ose

Elvira Dyangani Ose is the director of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). 

Tumelo Mosaka

Tumelo Mosaka is an independent curator, and currently the Mellon Project Director and Curator in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, New York.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist who works primarily through the expanded moving image.

Andrea Andersson

Andrea Andersson is Chief Curator of the Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.

About Prospect New Orleans
Prospect New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of the great international exhibitions, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo, to showcase new artistic practices from around the world in settings that are both historic and culturally exceptional, and contribute to the cultural economy of New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf region. Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the third edition of the New Orleans International Contemporary Art Biennial, is on view through January 25, 2015.

About CAC New Orleans
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multi–disciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. Formed in 1976 by a passionate group of visual and performing artists when the movement to tear down the walls between visual and performing arts was active nationwide, the CAC expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs that educate and enlarge audiences for the arts while encouraging collaboration among diverse stakeholders composed of artists, institutions, communities, and supporters throughout the world.

The Curatorial Intensive was made possible in part by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark 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.