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2020 Online Curatorial Forum

Photo: Mitch Cannof

Sep 24, 2020

ICI Online

Photo: Mitch Cannof

The Curatorial Forum, presented by in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, had traditionally brought together mid-career and established U.S.-based curators during the annual fair to generate conversations around the civic responsibilities of museums, accessibility, regionalism, and race and representation. In 2020, the issue of racial inequity was brought to the forefront of the curatorial and museum fields in unprecedent ways. In response, this virtual convening of the Forum generated new conversations on how museums and institutions can both respond and commit to long-term, meaningful change. Building on the closed-door discussions on racial equity that had been held in past editions of the Curatorial Forum, this online version of the program reconvened past participants to center on current questions of racial equity in US museums and institutions.

Session Leaders and Collaborators
C. Ondine Chavoya

C. Ondine Chavoya is Professor of Art History and Latina/o Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Candice Hopkins

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer of Tlingit descent originally from Whitehorse, Yukon.

Kimberli Gant

Kimberli Gant, PhD is Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

About EXPO CHICAGO

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art features leading international galleries alongside one of the highest quality platforms for contemporary art and culture. Hosted within historic Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, EXPO CHICAGO presents a diverse program, including /Dialogues (presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) and Exchange by Northern Trust, an unrivaled talks program for both public and VIP audiences; IN/SITU, dynamic on-site installations highlighting large-scale sculpture, film, and site-specific work; and major public art initiatives, including IN/SITU Outside, public art installed throughout Chicago Park District locations, and OVERRIDE | A Billboard Project, a curated selection of international artists throughout the city’s digital billboard network. The EXPO CHICAGO program also features an unprecedented commitment to host curatorial initiatives during the exposition, including the Curatorial Forum in partnership with Independent Curators International (ICI), and the Curatorial Exchange, which partners with foreign agencies and consulates to expand the exposition’s global reach.