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Posted on November 20, 2013

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Germano Celant. Photo: Billy Farrell Agency.

Getting Artsy for Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant

By Tara Dalbow
November 20, 2013

Center548 got in touch with its artsier side last night at ICI’s Annual Benefit and Auction. Candles flickered in mirrored boxes as animated colors were projected along the walls. The room was buzzing with that particular energy that only a roomful of passionate people can provide. Patrons browsed an impressive curation of art up for auction as members of Artsy walked the crowd, providing iPads for easy bidding. Large projections of the featured artwork and their respective current bids flashed across the walls – it all was very high-tech.

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“All the Art World Attended ICI’s Gala” by Blouin Art Info

Posted on November 20, 2013

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Germano Celant and Renaud Proch. Photo: Billy Farrell Agency.

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All the Art World Attended ICI’s Gala

by Ashton Cooper (@ashton_cooper)

Plenty of art stars turned out Tuesday night for Independent Curators International’s (ICI) annual benefit and auction, which raised over $600,000 for the organization. Director Sofia Coppola, Garage founder Dasha Zhukova, FITZ & CO assistant director Noreen Ahmad, curating power couple Massimiliano Gioni and Cecilia Alemani, and artists Marina Abramovic, Nate Lowman, Dustin Yellin, and Christo were all there to see Agnes Gund present the 2013 Leo Award to Miuccia Prada and the 2013 Agnes Gund Curatorial Award to Germano Celant. Prada and Celant were being honored for the Prada Foundation’s international art sponsorship, in particular the exhibition “When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013,” which closed earlier this month at the Ca’ Corner della Regina, the revamped former palazzo that became the Prada Foundation’s Venice exhibition space in 2011.

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“Putting the Art in Party” by the Wall Street Journal

Posted on November 20, 2013

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Amadéus Leopold. Photo Billy Farrell Agency

NY HEARD & SCENE
Putting the Art in Party
There Was a Bar in the Elevator at the Independent Curators International Benefit

By MARSHALL HEYMAN
Nov. 20, 2013 10:38 p.m. ET
Art folks really know how to party.

How do we know this to be true? Because there was a bar in the elevator on the way up to the Independent Curators International benefit on Tuesday night.Yes, this is a larger-than-normal freight elevator at Center548 that could fit a small gathering of its own. But inside, a bartender was mixing a drink called the Firecracker, made with vodka, sparkling water and jalapeño.

“Am I the only one brave enough to drink this?” one eager patron asked, grabbing a ready-made cocktail as the elevator inched its way up to the second floor. (Yes, you could have taken the stairs a flight, but did the stairs have a bar?) “Actually,” she said, taking a sip, “it’s a little spicy.”

“It’s not that,” responded the arts patron and investment banker Greg Miller, of Greenhill & Co. “It’s the ice that’s the issue.”

Like New York’s weather this week, the art scene has been all over the place, both in terms of general taste and location. Over the weekend, many of the ICI’s guests had ventured to Mexico City for the opening of Eugenio Lopez’s Museo Jumex. The general consensus was it was a very fun weekend with a very fun series of parties.

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Highlights by Art Ruby

Posted on November 20, 2013

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Amadéus Leopold. Photo: Billy Farrell agency

Independent Curators International hosted its annual benefit & auction honoring Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant, while raising $600,000 in process. Center548 in Chelsea was completely transformed for the event and featured a bar equipped elevator and the giant Artsy powered auction screen. Christo, Sofia Coppola, Marina Abramović, Agnes Gund, Dustin Yellin, and Peter Brant & Stephanie Seymour, were some of the supporters on hand.

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Soundings Reviewed in Galleries West

Posted on November 17, 2021

Tyler J. Stewart reviews Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre in Banff, Canada.

Sound is often perceived as an object or a product, when it might be better understood as an action or a process. Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, on view at the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre until Dec. 5, considers sound and its properties from many perspectives – not just as an act of reclaiming the power of Indigenous languages that colonialism sought to extinguish, but also to imagine the possible futurities of Indigenous aurality. This large group exhibition focuses on decentring extractive modes of colonial hearing in favour of Indigenous modalities of relational listening.

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Image Credit: Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, installation view, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, 2021. Courtesy of Walter Phillips Gallery and ICI. Photo: Rita Taylor

 

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2021 Benefit Auction Committee Selects

Posted on October 19, 2021

On the occasion of its 2021 Annual Benefit Auction, Independent Curators International (ICI) has assembled a Benefit Auction Curatorial Committee, composed of esteemed art professionals Phyllis Lally Seevers, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Hanna Schouwink, and Ana Sokoloff to highlight their top selections, adding their voices and endorsement to the generosity of artists who support ICI’s mission and programs.

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Phyllis Lally Seevers
Founder of Mister Fahrenheit, NY


Alex Eagleton
ATHANATOS, 2021
Oil, alcohol ink, reflective glass beads, flocking, afromosia artist’s frame
24 × 18 in
Courtesy of the artist and Mister Fahrenheit, New York
Value: $4,500

ATHANATOS is an intensely intimate extension of Eagleton’s Candle series. The work gets to the heart of the moment Eagleton is after – the second just before our candle (of life) is blown out.”




Daniel Boccato
owlpainting, 2021
Acrylic, colored pencil, graphite, ink, oil pastel, paper, plywood, polyurethane finish
33 1/10 × 23 3/5 × 4/5 in
Courtesy of the artist and Mister Fahrenheit, New York
Value: $3,000

“I have loved this new body of work by Daniel since seeing it for the first time in his studio. He is a master of binaries, early on with his parrots and women, and now with recalibrating narratives around man and owl from ancient mythology.”



LaKela Brown
Untitled, 2021
Framed embossed cotton paper and gold leaf
24 × 18 in
Courtesy of the artist and Reyes | Finn, Detroit
Value: $3,500

“Brown realizes a level of relief in this work that is difficult to achieve with paper. Her embossed impressions of doorknocker earrings channel the power of her plasters, reading like a small ancient relief tablet adapted with an alphabet from 90s hip-hop culture.”




Larry Ossei-Mensah
Independent Curator


Sanford Biggers
BAM (for Tamir), 2017
High Polish Bronze
15 × 3 × 3 in
Edition 8 of 12 + 3AP
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky, New York/Aspen
Value: $18,000







LaKela Brown
Untitled, 2021
Framed embossed cotton paper and gold leaf
24 × 18 in
Courtesy of the artist and Reyes | Finn, Detroit
Value: $3,500








Larissa de Jesus
Soy Mi Isla, 2020
Acrylic, oil paint and color pencil on wood panel
11 × 14 in
Courtesy of the artist and Sabroso Projects
Value: $1,300









Ana Sokoloff
Founder, Sokoloff + Associates


Akira Ikezoe
Coconut Heads Invented Giraffe Ramen, 2020
Oil on canvas
28 × 50 × 1 1/2 in
Courtesy of the artist
Value: $8,500








Willie Cole
MBF, 2011
Shoes, screws, and wire
17 3/4 × 9 × 11 in
Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York
Value: $16,000








Elizabeth Atterbury
Center Before Outside 29, 2019
Framed Chine collé and embossment
30 × 22 in
Courtesy of the artist and DOCUMENT, Chicago and Mrs. Gallery, Queens, NY
Value: $3,200







Alvin Baltrop
The Piers (two men)
Framed Silver gelatin print
25 2/5 × 20 3/10 in
Courtesy of The Alvin Baltrop Trust, © 2010, Third Streaming, NY, and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York
Value: $10,000







Martine Gutierrez
Suits, 2014
Archival inkjet print on Arches Baryta on Sintra and framed in white maple
20 × 30 in
Edition of 8
Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York
Value: $4,900







Simon Preston
Schwartzman&


Robert Longo
Thunder Road, 2010
Framed Archival pigment print (trial proof)
33 1/2 × 57 in
Trial proof from a sold-out edition of 15
Courtesy of the artist
Value: $25,000






Alvin Baltrop
The Piers (two men)
Framed Silver gelatin print
25 2/5 × 20 3/10 in
Courtesy of The Alvin Baltrop Trust, © 2010, Third Streaming, NY, and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York
Value: $10,000







LaKela Brown
Untitled, 2021
Framed embossed cotton paper and gold leaf
24 × 18 in
Courtesy of the artist and Reyes | Finn, Detroit
Value: $3,500








Hanna Shouwink
Senior Partner, David Zwirner, New York


Sanford Biggers
BAM (for Tamir), 2017
High Polish Bronze
15 × 3 × 3 in
Edition 8 of 12 + 3AP
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky, New York/Aspen
Value: $18,000

“Sanford Biggers has been making very thoughtful work about the complexities of America’s sin of slavery and institutionalized racism, and the continued impact of this on our society. In this sculpture he addresses the awful truth of America’s history of police brutality particularly skewed toward Black men, and in this case a black child, Tamir Rice, who was shot by a white police officer in Cleveland in 2014, while playing with a toy gun. I see this sculpture as paying homage not only to this child, but to the countless other Americans who are killed by the police every day. Biggers reminds us in this evocative sculpture that embraces esthetics of African sculpture, that every single one of these victims was loved and deserves to be cherished, and also deserves to be given it’s power back.”



Alvin Baltrop
The Piers (two men)
Framed Silver gelatin print
25 2/5 × 20 3/10 in
Courtesy of The Alvin Baltrop Trust, © 2010, Third Streaming, NY, and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York
Value: $10,000

“Baltrop’s astute eye and his wonderful sense for composition is on vivid display here. In this body of work, he documented a specific, and almost mythical era of the 70’s in NYC’s history, when poverty and crime were rampant, but amazing art was being made all over the city by pioneering figures such as Baltrop. He shone a light on a gay community that was being marginalized, and he brought out the humanity, beauty and sensitivy of the members of this community.”

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Auction Highlights

Posted on October 13, 2021

ICI’s Benefit Auction is now live on Artsy! Support ICI by bidding in this year’s auction featuring 27 WORKS UNDER $25,000 by top emerging and established contemporary artists working today.

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Benefit Auction Committee:
Phyllis Lally Seevers, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Simon Preston, Hanna Schouwink, and Ana Sokoloff

Benefit Auction Artists:
Elizabeth Atterbury, Alvin Baltrop, Sanford Biggers, Lucas Blalock, Daniel Boccato, Lakela Brown, Willie Cole, Bobby Cruz, Larissa De Jesus Negron, Alex Eagleton, Juan “Jufe” Fernandez, Martine Guiterrez, Hwi Hahm, Takuji Hamanaka, Pablo Helguera, Akira Ikezoe, Rashid Johnson, Elisabeth Kley, Sara Mejia Kriendler, Robert Longo, Margaux Ogden, Tschabalala Self, Constance Tenvik, Fred Tomaselli, Pablo Gómez Uribe, Grace Weaver, John Wesley

Bidding will close on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 5pm ET.

Preview top lots below including a unique sculpture by Willie Cole, an Elisabeth Kley ceramic, and spectacular sold-out print by Robert Longo!


Robert Longo
Thunder Road, 2010
Framed Archival pigment print (trial proof)
33 1/2 × 57 in
Edition of 15
Courtesy of the artist

Value: $25,000





Willie Cole
MBF, 2011
Shoes, screws, and wire
17 3/4 × 9 × 11 in
Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York

Value: $16,000







Elisabeth Kley
Red and Gold Flower Cylinder with Curved Stems, 2020
Glazed earthenware
8 × 3 1/4 × 3 1/4 in
Courtesy of the artist and CANADA, New York

Value: $2,000

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New limited edition with Latinx artist and queer icon, Joey Terrill

Posted on October 8, 2021

Joey Terrill, A Bigger Piece, c. 2008, mixed media. Courtesy the artist and Ortuzar Projects, New York


Independent Curators International (ICI) is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Joey Terrill to produce this year’s commissioned limited edition in conjunction with ICI’s Benefit in a Box. As ICI’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Benefit in a Box brings elements of an ICI Benefit into the comfort of supporters’ homes and features commissioned limited-editions and multiples by artists who reflect the diversity of voices that make up ICI’s programs.

For over four decades, Terrill has been a critical voice as a Chicano HIV-positive queer man through both his art and advocacy. He is best-known for the T-shirts he produced for friends to wear in the 1976 Gay Pride parade on Hollywood Boulevard with the words maricón and malflora (Spanish slang words for “faggot” and “dyke”) written across the chest in a radical act of representation. Working across painting, drawing, collage, and zine production, Terrill’s work is personal, fearless and rich in storytelling, and a touchstone for Latinx queer artists today.

Featured prominently in ICI’s touring exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., curated by C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz, Terrill’s work has seen a reexamination since the exhibition debuted. Originally part of Pacific Standard Time LA/LA in 2017, Axis Mundo has traveled to seven additional venues throughout the United States, bringing new attention to Terrill’s work with every stop. This historical exhibition is the first of its kind to excavate histories of experimental art practice, collaboration, and exchange by a group of Los Angeles based queer Chicanx artists between the late 1960s and early 1990s; and it marks the first historical consideration and significant showing of many of these pioneering artists’ work. The exhibition is currently on view at moCa Cleveland, where it will close its monumental tour in January 2022.


Image: Joey Terrill at Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. installed at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, UNLV, Las Vegas, 2019. Photo by Josh Hawkins/UNLV Creative Services. Courtesy of Marjorie Barrick and ICI.


For ICI’s commissioned limited edition, Terrill will produce a work inspired by his emblematic painting A Bigger Piece, c. 2008 from his long-running Still-Life series. Borrowing from Pop art still lifes, and infusing them with queer and Mexican imagery from his Chicano origins, Terrill embeds a blue HIV treatment pill among a Mexican blanket on a tabletop, a sunflower, fruit, and a bottle of liquor to bring the foreign and unfamiliar into a more recognizable domestic space. Terrill shares, “I like to think that I am both expanding the definition of what constitutes Chicano Art and making art about AIDS that doesn’t look like art about AIDS.”

Produced exclusively for ICI’s Benefit in a Box, Terrill’s limited edition will first be available to Benefit in a Box purchasers at the Leadership and Global Circle levels. ICI will host a private tour of Terrill’s New York Times must-see solo exhibition at Ortuzar Projects on Saturday, October 9 led by Susanna Temkin, curator at El Museo del Barrio, where A Bigger Piece was recently featured in the ESTAMOS BIEN–LA TRIENAL 20/21. The limited edition will then be featured at ICI’s booth at NADA Miami 2021, where it will be made available to the public for the first time.

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Joey Terrill (b. 1955) lives and works in Los Angeles, California, where he is Director of Global Advocacy & Partnerships for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. His solo exhibitions include Just What is it That Makes Today’s Homos So Different, So Appealing?, ONE Gallery, West Hollywood (2013); Worlds of Art (with Theresa Rojas), Ohio Union, Ohio State University, Columbus (2013); Chico Moderno, Norris Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles (1993); Gronk & Joey, Score Bar, Los Angeles (1984); and Chicanos Invade New York, Windows on White Street, New York (1981). His work has featured in the institutional surveys ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21, El Museo Del Barrio, New York (2020–21); Touching History: Stonewall 50, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs (2019); Through Positive Eyes, Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles (2019); Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., Museum of Contemporary Art at Pacific Design Center and ONE Gallery, Los Angeles; and ASCO: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011).

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What’s in the Box?!

Posted on September 20, 2021

Each box includes a set of limited-edition plates produced in collaboration with Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s studio and exclusively for ICI’s Benefit in a Box. Entitled Running Fence (plates), 2021, the edition depicts Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 1976 Running Fence, the iconic installation that ran 24.5 miles through Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, and into the Pacific Ocean. The edition is a tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, ICI’s late and longest-serving Trustees, whose work brought people together in deeply meaningful ways. INDIVIDUAL boxes will receive one (1) set of three (3) plates, DELUXE level boxes receive two (2) sets, PREMIUM boxes receive four (4) sets.

Benefit in a Box also brings ICI’s programming into your home with a postcard set by Latinx artist Joiri Minaya from the exhibition Notes for Tomorrow, which has traveled to Haverford, PA; Calgary, Canada; Nanjing, China; and will soon be on view in a city near you!

Box purchasers will also enjoy a magnetic folding globe by Areaware designed by Brendan Ravenhill, which features Buckminster Fuller’s patented borderless map of the world representing ICI’s work in more than 70 countries. Desserts are provided by Cuarentena Baking, co-founded by David Ayala-Alfonso, an ICI Curatorial Intensive alumnus and curator of Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collection. Additional box contents include a bottle of Dom Ruinart Blanc Vintage 2009 champagne (Premium Boxes only), handcrafted bottled cocktails by Wandering Barman, issues of Art in America and ARTnews, and more!

In addition, Artists’ Circle boxes include a limited edition by Pat Steir, Curators’ Circle boxes include a limited edition by Kahlil Robert Irving, and Global and Leadership Circle boxes include the 2021 ICI Artist Commissioned Limited Edition to be announced in October!


Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Running Fence (plates), 2021
Fine bone china
Set of 3 plates 10.5”, 8” and 6.5” in diameter
Edition of 300
Produced by Plinth for ICI, courtesy of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s studio
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Joiri Minaya
Proposal for artistic intervention on the Columbus statue in front of the Government House in Nassau, The Bahamas, 2017
Digital print on standard postcard paper
Set of 10 postcards
5” x 7” each
Courtesy of the artist




The Buckminster Fuller Institute and Brendan Ravenhill
Dymaxion Folding Globe
Synthetic paper, magnets
3.25” x 3” x 3.75”
Courtesy of Areaware





Cuarentena Baking
Homemade desserts by Colombian curator David Ayala-Alfonso and Peruvian artist Andrea Ferrero based in Mexico City.










Wandering Barman
Hand-crafted cocktails, made in Brooklyn. Offered in the following flavors:

Iron Lady: Rose Gin & Hops Sling
Miss Casanova: Spicy Hibiscus Daiquiri
La Nina: Marigold & Kaffir Lime Margarita
FOMO: Organic Vodka Pineapple Sling






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Ilana Harris-Babou interviewed in Burnaway

Posted on September 16, 2021

Courtney McClellan interviews Notes for Tomorrow artist Ilana Harris-Babou on the occasion of Ilana Harris-Babou: Tasteful Interiors at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

CM: Like the balance of curiosity and critique during production, the tone of the work is complex. In Decision Fatigue (2020) your mother, who is your frequent collaborator and subject, talks about the pain of breastfeeding and then in the next clip offers a recipe for a Cheetos face mask. You say you use “humor and familiar digital forms as a Trojan horse to get heavier materials into people’s line of sight”. Can you talk about this strategy?

IH-B: I think video as a medium is a space that allowed artists to put their work in conversation with popular culture. It’s a medium that lives. And at first, getting access to it was by going to public access TV stations. It never pretended to exist outside of our everyday world. It always had a foot out the door of the studio and into the world of entertainment.

The most natural thing when I started using video was to frame these moments that were happening in the studio. Then I thought, how am I going to share my videos with others? I was streaming YouTube, and so I think it’s a way for the material that I’m thinking about to enter my own life and studio. Whether it’s me looking at weird mommy blogs and thinking about how breastfeeding is romanticized, and then thinking about how that goes on in my own life, or in those ways of relating to a body. So, then I take a viewer along that journey with me and go from something seeming familiar and safe, to some kind of grand narrative seeming authentic, to realizing that it’s actually totally weird.

You can read the full interview here.

Image credit: Ilana Harris-Babou, Decision Fatigue, 2020, HD video. Collection of the artist.

 

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Judy Baca Retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art

Posted on September 13, 2021

Axis Mundo artist, Judy Baca, is the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, California. Judy Baca: Memorias de Nuestra Tierra, a Retrospective curated by Gabriela Urtiaga and guest curator Alessandra Moctezuma celebrates the breadth of Baca’s career from the large-scale public murals she is most known for to intimate works on paper never before shown to the public.

In Hyperallergic, Jordan Karney Chaim writes:

Eschewing the white box, as Baca has done throughout her career, the curators painted the galleries various shades of red, blue, and yellow, and the convictions that once kept Baca out of the mainstream art world — her entrenchment in community activism, collaborative practice, and commitment to amplifying marginalized voices — are what give this presentation its undeniable power. Despite the importance of Baca’s work, and her influence on a generation of students as a professor in the Cal State and University of California systems, decades of entrenched art-world racism, gender bias, and resistance to overtly political displays in art have delayed a comprehensive treatment of her career until now.

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Image Credit: Judith F. Baca, Documentation of Vanity Table, a performance for the exhibition Las Chicanas: Venas de la Mujer at the Woman’s Building, September 1976. Woman’s Building Records. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

 

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ANNOUNCING STEVE MCQUEEN TO RECEIVE THE 2021 LEO AWARD

Posted on September 8, 2021

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Independent Curators International (ICI), the leading arts organization focused on the role of the curator in contemporary art and culture, announced today that it will honor artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen with the 2021 Leo Award. Presented in conjunction with ICI’s 2021 Benefit in a Box, the Award recognizes McQueen for his major accomplishments in art and film for more than 25 years, his commitment to tackling overlooked subject-matter and shifting cultural paradigms through his work, as well as for his support of ICI’s educational, research and professional development programs for curators of color and his role in conceiving the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor.

An artist, film director, and screenwriter, McQueen is celebrated internationally and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including the Turner Prize (in 1999), Cannes Film Festival Camera d’Or (for Hunger in 2008), and the Academy Award for Best Picture (for 12 Years a Slave in 2014). His latest project Small Axe, titled after the Bob Marley lyrics “So if you are the big tree, we are the small axe,” is an anthology of five films about the Black British experience and acts of resistance against injustice and systemic racism in London from the 1960s to the 1980s. It was released to critical acclaim and received numerous awards as well as two of the films being chosen for the Cannes Film Festival 2020.

In the same year, McQueen conceived the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor, creating educational and research opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) curators. In its first phase, the Initiative will support over three years ICI’s research and professional development programs to empower and sustain a more diverse generation of curators, including three Curatorial Intensives (ICI’s professional development program for emerging curators) in Africa, and six Curatorial Research Fellowships to BIPOC curators based in the US and curators of African descent based anywhere around the world. Following an overwhelming response to the initial Curatorial Research Fellowships call for applications earlier this year, McQueen supported two additional fellowships, allowing ICI to further expand its role in fostering new voices in the field.

The Initiative also recognizes Okwui Enwezor (1963-2019), the influential curator, art critic, writer, poet, and educator who championed the agency of African Art and challenged the long-established narrative of European and North American art. “Okwui was always thinking about the future”, said McQueen, “always thinking ahead in order to create a healthier environment for all, no matter what the challenges were or what he, as a pioneer, came up against. This Initiative is very much in his spirit, championing innovators in a field that he reinvented.”

In awarding this year’s Leo, ICI celebrates McQueen’s inspiring work as well as his support for the future of the curatorial field, reflecting on the importance of nourishing and empowering relationships between curators and artists, such as Enwezor and McQueen’s. “With this Award, we honor Steve’s visionary leadership and innovative thinking,” says Renaud Proch, ICI Executive & Artistic Director. “We are deeply grateful to Steve for making the expansion of ICI’s already growing program of curatorial fellowships possible, and serving as a role model for those truly interested in investing in the next generation of curators.” 

Established in 1990, and named after early ICI supporter and legendary art dealer Leo Castelli, the award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the field of contemporary art. Past recipients of the award include Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Marian Goodman, Michael Govan, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein, Miuccia Prada, Emily Rauh Pulizter, and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

About Steve McQueen:
Steve McQueen is an artist, film director, and screenwriter. He has directed four feature films and most recently the anthology Small Axe (2020). His first, Hunger (2008), was awarded the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and his third, 12 Years a Slave (2013), received the Golden Globe, Oscar, and BAFTA awards for best picture in 2014.

McQueen was featured in Documenta (1997 and 2002), represented Great Britain at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, and was selected several times for the Venice Biennale’s central pavilion (2003, 2007, 2013, and 2015). Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Art Institute of Chicago (2012 and 2017); Schaulager, Basel (2013); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); and at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Pérez Art Museum, Miami (all 2017). In 2019, he presented Year 3, a portrait of an entire age group of London schoolchildren, at Tate Britain, London. In August 2020 a major solo exhibition opened at the Tate Modern, London.

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Mari Spirito Reflects on 10 Years of Protocinema

Posted on August 30, 2021

This September Protocinema celebrates 10 years with the exhibition Once Upon a Time Inconceivable.

Spirito’s initial goal was to encourage artistic exchange between Istanbul and New York, but over the years, the program has expanded to occasionally curate programs in additional locations around the world via partnerships with other organizations. This September, Protocinema is marking its ten-year anniversary with a group show in Istanbul titled “Once Upon a Time Inconceivable,” with video installations and sculptures by Banu Cennetoğlu, Paul Pfeiffer, and Abbas Akhavan, to name a few, that examine processes of perception and realization. If this theme resonates in year two of a paradigm-shifting pandemic, it also encompasses a personal reckoning for Spirito: “I realized recently that what I’m doing with Protocinema has to do with unpacking and healing my own issues and the things that I’m concerned about,” she says, and goes on to describe a complex formative experience.

Read more here.

Image Credit: Courtesy Mari Spirito. Photo: Bora Güven.

 

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‘Sweet Land’ Co-composed by Raven Chacon Wins Best New Opera

Posted on August 30, 2021

Sweet Land wins the 2021 Music Critics Association of North America’s Best New Opera Award. The opera was composed by Du Yun and Raven Chacon, with libretto by Aja Couchois Duncan and Douglas Kearney, and co-directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska Luger. Sweet Land pulls inspiration from place, staged in Los Angeles State Historic Park, to form a narrative that exposes the erasures, redactions, and myths at the center of much of the history of the United States.

Amid all of the swirling currents of history and the polyglot score — sometimes atonal, sometimes electronic, sometimes folk-influenced — one could sense the environment making the opera even more complex and meaningful. The Metro Gold Line trolley frequently whooshed along the tracks, helicopters buzzed the park, a train horn from Union Station would blow — all representing the costs of progress. Looking to the south, you could sense the triumph of the white man’s money in the lit-up skyscrapers downtown. And we were standing on the ground of past civilizations marginalized by history.
“The site became very influential in a lot of what we were doing,” says Chacon about composing the score. “We knew the stage would be outdoors, we knew that the train would be going by the location, we knew that you might hear the helicopter in the sky. All of that was taken into consideration in the sound design.”

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Connect Savannah: Jepson Center exhibition rethinks truth and narratives of artworks

Posted on August 13, 2021

“I’m thrilled about Never Spoken Again opening at the Jepson, as I’ve discovered Telfair Museums to be a fantastic sounding board for the project,” [...] The history of the museum, as well as the stories and legends that live in the popular imagination of Savannah, speak loudly to the ideas that motivate this exhibition.” – David Ayala-Alfonso, Curator, Never Spoken Again

Click here to read the full article on Connect Savannah.

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Artist Nothando Chiwanga Profiled in NewsDay

Posted on August 9, 2021

Notes for Tomorrow artist Nothando Chiwanga is profiled in NewsDay reflecting on performance, photography, criticism, and her dreams for the future.

My work documents and explores perception, womanhood as a political position and change. I use myself as a medium of memory and fiction to reveal the complex world of young women in a changing society where traditional values are hanging by a thread and changing to become more relevant to the times

Click here to read more about Chiwanga’s practice.

Image caption: Notes for Tomorrow, installation view, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Haverford, 2021. Photo by Lisa Boughter. Courtesy of CFG and ICI.

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Announcing Christo & Jeanne-Claude Limited Edition

Posted on July 28, 2021

ANNOUNCING LIMITED-EDITION PLATES BY CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE!


ICI is pleased to announce a set of limited-edition plates produced in collaboration with Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s studio and exclusively for ICI’s Benefit in a Box.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Running Fence (plates), 2021
Fine bone china
Set of 3 plates 10.5”, 8” and 6.5” in diameter
Edition of 300
Produced by Plinth for Independent Curators International (ICI)

The edition is a tribute to Christo and Jeanne-Claude, ICI’s late and longest-serving Trustees, whose work brought people together in deeply meaningful ways. Refusing to take short cuts, Christo and Jeanne-Claude often committed years of work to each project, seeing a singular idea advance through a changing world but remaining steady. This is evident in all the large-scale projects they planned and realized over the last six decades, including L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped which will be completed this fall in Paris.

Running Fence (plates), 2021, depicts Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s 1976 Running Fence, the iconic installation that ran 24.5 miles through Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, and into the Pacific Ocean. Based on a preparatory drawing from 1972-76, the design runs across a set of three porcelain plates. Running Fence consisted of 42 months of collaborative efforts and the temporary use of the hills, the sky, and the ocean. In its completed form, the monumental artwork existed for only two weeks, and once it was removed, left no visible traces, with all materials given to the ranchers whose participation were crucial to the project’s success. Shortly after, in 1979, Christo and Jeanne-Claude joined the Board of Trustees of ICI, then in its fourth year. Christo continued serving on ICI’s Board until his passing in 2020.



Available exclusively through ICI’s Benefit in Box, the plates come in three sizes. Premium boxes will include four sets of three plates; Deluxe boxes will include two sets; and Individual boxes will include a single set.

Photo: Christo and Jeanne-Claude at Running Fence, California, 1976. Photo courtesy: Wolfgang Volz 1976, Christo and Jeanne-Claude Foundation

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Burnaway Reviews Never Spoken Again

Posted on July 26, 2021

Noa Wesley reviews Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections at Telfair Museums, Jepson Center in Savannah, GA.

What would a museum look like if it focused on the fictions of modern history rather than its facts? The Colombian curator, David Ayala-Alfonso, forms an answer in his exhibition of seventeen contemporary artists whose works make visible the fabricated histories embedded within museum collections. Through varying strategies, the artists included in this exhibition reveal all the made-up rules that have come to define what museums are, and what we, the public, are supposed to find within them.

You can read the entirety of the article here.

Image caption: Giuseppe Campuzano, La Pinchajarawis, 2012, still from single channel video, 0:56 min. Courtesy of The Giuseppe Campuzano Archive.

 

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Savannah Morning News: Never Spoken Again pushes boundaries at Jepson Center

Posted on July 12, 2021

Never Spoken Again: Rogue Stories of Science and Collections is one of the most curious, demanding and quietly provocative exhibitions that has ever been on view at the Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center for the Arts. That’s my story at least, and I’m sticking to it”. –Bill Dawers for Do Savannah
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Never Spoken Again is the first bilingual exhibition at Jepson Center in Savannah, Georgia and is on view through August 29. To learn more about this exhibition, click here.

Image caption: Carlos Motta, Corpo Fechado- The Devil’s Work, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and P.P.O.W Gallery.

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ICI PATRONS TOUR & PICNIC AT MAGAZZINO ITALIAN ART

Posted on June 25, 2021

On Friday, June 25, ICI members and patrons convened for a tour of Magazzino Italian Art, a museum and research center located in Cold Spring, NY, dedicated to advancing scholarship and public appreciation of postwar and contemporary Italian art in the United States. The tour led by Magazzino’s Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Teresa Kittler, included a private viewing of Magazzino’s new special exhibition titled ‘Nivola: Sandscapes’ and was followed by an outdoor picnic.


ICI’s Executive and Artististic Director, Renaud Proch, welcomes guests to Magazzino Italian Art.



Magazzino’s Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Teresa Kittler, introduces ICI members to their temporary exhibition, ‘Nivola: Sandscapes.’



On view through January 10, 2022, ‘Nivola: Sandscapes’ includes rarely seen work from the artist’s family estate as well as major institutional and private loans. Photo by Marco Anelli, courtesy of Magazzino Italian Art.



Kittler expands on Nivola’s pioneering process of sandcast sculpting.



Donated to Magazzino Italian Art’s permanent collection, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s ‘Sfere di giornali (Newspaper Spheres)’ reenacted in 2017 with the Hudson Valley community. This work also appears in ICI’s long term traveling exhibition, ‘do it’, curated and conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist.



ICI patrons Doreen Small, Terry Fassburg, Barbara Toll, Nicole Klagsbrun and Joyce Seigel



ICI Independents Celine Mo, Susan Yi, Paula Naughton, and Alix Hornyan



ICI Independents Juliana Mascolo, Laura Saenz, Alex Morris, and Valentina Tintori



Renaud Proch, Terry Fassburg and Doreen Small



ICI guests enjoy lunch by local artisan caterers, Fancy Girl Table at Magazzino

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Do’-gah by Greg Staats at Kamloops Art Gallery

Posted on June 21, 2021

Greg Staats
(Skarù:ręˀ - maternal / Kanien’kehá:ka)
Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory 1963
Currently based in Tkaronto, Mississaugas of the Credit, Hodinöhsö:ni’, Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, and Wendake-Nionwentsïo Territory

Do’-gah - I don’t know [shrugging shoulders]
2020
Archival canvas matte print, oil, earth, indian tobacco ash
edition 1 of 3
Indigenous Art Collection, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

If the Hodinöhsö:ni’ perception of monument relies on the good mind, and if our values are realized in the daily recitation of the Ganö:nyök [Thanksgiving Address], which places our minds, bodies and footsteps in creation, countervailing trauma, can this process itself then be seen as monument?

Land is the Hodinöhsö:ni’ monument for where we place our feet. Earth is where we remember. To sustain the integrity of the good mind and cultural safety when dealing with trans communal relations, it is imperative that I remain hyper-vigilant that misinformation is assimilation.

Our ways to remembering are dependent on the ability to express our values in relation to the Land and its truth. It is with this in mind that I created Do’-gah, a multi-layered response and relational strategy brought forward from my on-reserve lived experience. 

Do-gah - I don’t know [shrugging shoulders] is a performative gestural mnemonic work whose source comes from my grade school Mohawk lesson handouts and the word/gesture as experienced within my community. The viewer is requested to perform all 60 phrases with and without the gestured shrugging. Carrying many levels of meaning, the work speaks to a systemic forgetting, lateral violence and trauma.

Do’-gah
1. I do know, but I refuse to tell you, just for today.
Do’-gah
2. I need to remind you, that you can’t know everything.
Do’-gah
3. I don’t know, and because you asked me and expect a detailed answer, I feel shame and anger at once for the irony of the colonial systemic deficits and for your extractive expectation of presumed knowledge.
Do’-gah
4. I don’t know, and I refuse to find out for you.
Do’-gah
5. I’ve heard you, and will think about it. Time and reflection for considered response of what I shall tell you on my own time and to ensure cultural safety.
Do’-gah
6. I do know, and I need to tell you the protocols of our relations moving forward.
Do’-gah
7. I don’t know - my language.
Do’-gah

Greg Staats is Skarù:reˀ [Tuscarora] / Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk], Hodinöhsö:ni’. b. 1963, Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. A Toronto based artist whose Hodinöhsö:ni restorative aesthetic employs mnemonics of condolence and performative burdens articulated in visual forms that hold body and place including: oral transmission, text works, embodied wampum, photographic, sculpture, installation and video. Staats’ practice conceptualizes Land as monument embodied within a continuum of relational placemaking with his on-reserve lived experience, trauma, and the explorations of ceremonial orality. Staats’ lens based language documents cycles of return towards a complete Onkwehón:we neha [our original ways] positionality, reciprocity and worldview.

Greg Staats, actively exhibiting as a full time artist, since 1988 Staats studied Applied Photography, Sheridan College, ON [1983] and is the recipient of the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography 1999.  Staats was Faculty for two Aboriginal Visual Arts Residencies, Banff Centre: Archive Restored (2009) and Towards Language (2010). Staats’ works are held in public, private and corporate collections. Upcoming solo exhibitions: Art Gallery of Ontario, CONTACT Photo Festival at Todmorden Mills. [2021] and Art Gallery of Hamilton, ON (2023). Staats has been shortlisted for the 2021 Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography at Harvard University. Staats has also been shortlisted for the 2021 Scotiabank Photography Award.

Charo Neville, Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
Performing Do’-gah – I Don’t Know [Shrugging Shoulders]
by Greg Staats (Skaru:ręˀ / Kanien’keha:ka), 2020

Performed April 19, 2021
Digital video: Jonathon Fulton
4 minutes, 25 seconds

Courtesy of the Kamloops Art Gallery

For more information about Do’-gah – I Don’t Know [Shrugging Shoulders], we encourage you to visit the Kamloops Art Gallery website here.

Image credit: Greg Staats, Do’-gah - I don’t know [shrugging shoulders], 2020, Archival canvas matte print, oil, earth, indian tobacco ash, edition 1 of 3, Indigenous Art Collection, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. Installed at the Kamloops Art Gallery. Photo: Frank Luca.

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Soundings Performances at Kamloops Art Gallery

Posted on June 20, 2021

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

Curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson

On view at Kamloops Art Gallery, April 29 to July 3, 2021
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

How can a score be a call and tool for decolonization?

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts unfolds in a sequence of five parts, with scores take the form of beadwork, videos, objects, graphic notation, historical belongings, and written instructions. During the exhibition, these scores are activated at specific moments by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public gradually filling the gallery and surrounding public spaces with sound and action.

Watch the videos below to listen to the scores of artworks from Soundings being performed at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

PERFORMANCE OF RAVEN CHACON’S AMERICAN LEDGER (NO.1), 2018
19 minutes, 13 seconds
Performed at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, the unceded lands of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within Secwepemcúl’ecw, on May 6, 2021.

A Kamloops Art Gallery and Kamloops Symphony Orchestra collaborative project
Generously sponsored by Thompson Rivers University
Digital Video: Joy Factory, editing by Vutev Video
Audio Recording: Doug Perry, Perry’s Recording Studio
Courtesy of the Kamloops Art Gallery

Csetkwe FortIer (Syilx and Secwepmec nations)
Performing NDN Love Songs by Peter Morin, 2021

27 minutes, 38 seconds

Digital video: Jonathon Fulton
Courtesy of the Kamloops Art Gallery

 

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Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Inaugural Fellows Featured on The Sole Adventurer - Posts - Independent Curators International

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Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Inaugural Fellows Featured on The Sole Adventurer

Posted on June 17, 2021

Independent Curators International (ICI) has announced four fellows for the inaugural edition of the curatorial research initiative launched by Marian Goodman Gallery in honour of the late Okwui Enwezor. The recipients of the fellowship are Marie Hélène Pereira (Dakar, Senegal), Ronald Rose-Antoinette (La Trinité, Martinique), Anaïs Duplan (Brooklyn/Iowa City), and Negarra A. Kudumu (Seattle).

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Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Inaugural Fellows Featured on ArtReview

Posted on June 17, 2021

Four curators have been named the inaugural fellows to a new initiative set up in the memory of Okwui Enwezor. The project was announced by artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen in January to continue the legacy of the late curator, who died in 2019 and was known for his championing of art from Africa and its diaspora that sought to challenge the dominant narratives of European and North American art.

Read more on ArtReview’s website here.

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Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Inaugural Fellows Featured on Contemporary And

Posted on June 15, 2021

Independent Curators International (ICI) announces the Inaugural Curatorial Research Fellows as part of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative in honor of the late Okwui Enwezor, and doubles the number of original fellowships offered in response to impressive levels of applications.

Read more on Contemporary And’s website here.

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Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Inaugural Fellows Featured on ArtForum

Posted on June 15, 2021

Independent Curators International (ICI) has named four 2021 curatorial research fellows as part of the Marian Goodman Gallery initiative honoring the late curator Okwui Enwezor. Anaïs Duplan of Brooklyn and Iowa City; Negarra A. Kudumu of Seattle; Marie Hélène Pereira of Dakar, Senegal; and Ronald Rose-Antoinette of La Trinité, Martinique, will each receive a $10,000 stipend as well as mentorship and a tailored framework within which to conduct independent research. The fellows will also be able to use as resources ICI’s programs and network of collaborators as they engage in their work.

Read more on ArtForum here.

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Mundo Meza featured on Tan France’s Queer Icons

Posted on June 14, 2021

Mundo Meza featured on episode 5 of Tan France’s Queer Icons podcast, with special guests: Pat Meza, Simon Doonan, and Axis Mundo co-curators C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz. Click here to listen.

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PRESS: ‘Seeing Sound’ is the perfect reentry to communal art viewing

Posted on June 14, 2021

“London sought to create a show that is international in scope—Aura Satz is based in the U.K., Marina Rosenfeld lives in New York, and Samson Young is in Hong Kong—and permits visitors to encounter the artworks together, without the isolating experience of putting on headphones. The works in Seeing Sound consider the questions of who and what we listen to. Foregrounding the hum of daily life, the show counters art history’s tendency to prioritize the visual over the less-defined spaces between installation, performance and visual art”.

Click here to read the full article by KQED here.

Image credit: Samson Young, Still from ‘Muted Situations #2: Muted Lion Dance,’ 2014; © Samson Young. (Courtesy the artist; photo by Dennis Man Wing Leung)

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Recipient of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Fellowship: Ronald Rose-Antoinette

Posted on June 14, 2021

Ronald Rose-Antoinette is a writer, scholar, and independent curator based in Martinique. He is the co-author of Nocturnal Fabulations, an experimental book on Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and the curator of Open Justice (2020), an online film exhibition commissioned by Denise Ferreira da Silva and the University of British Columbia; soul, with a difference (2020), a group exhibition at articule in Montreal; and The Musical Question and The Musical Answer (2021), an open listening practice featuring Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective, commissioned by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Rose-Antoinette’s research is invested in documenting and improvising the deviant, intricate affairs between Black and Queer socialities under and away from the normative/hygienic logistics of straightness and fitness. Currently, his research is devoted to the composition of sustainable modes and models for sharing and tending to Black Queer cultural expressions and aesthetics sung by the Caribbean.

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Recipient of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Fellowship: Marie Hélène Pereira

Posted on June 14, 2021

Marie Hélène Pereira is a curator and the Director of Programs at RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal. She co-curated Scattered Seeds in Cali-Colombia (2015-2017) and curated Battling to normalize freedom at Clarkhouse Initiative in Mumbai, India (2017). She was a co-curator of Canine Wisdom for the Barking Dog - The Dog Done Gone Deaf. Exploring The Sonic Cosmologies of Halim El-Dabh with Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung at the 13th edition of Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African art (2018). Feeling an urgency to engage with institutional propositions of thoughts and actions with real-life consequences, Pereira will dedicate time to investigate pockets of resistance that had a real impact on specific revolutionary moments: including journalist Carlos Cardoso’s Metical fax journal in Mozambique; the Escola pilotos and caring practices from the PAIGC women activists in Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde and Senegal; the experience of JAM gallery and the empowerment of Black artists in New York; and Afro Colombian women clustering at La Casa del Chontaduro in Cali Colombia.

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Recipient of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Fellowship: Negarra A. Kudumu - Posts - Independent Curators International

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Recipient of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Fellowship: Negarra A. Kudumu

Posted on June 14, 2021

Negarra A. Kudumu lives and works in Seattle, where she is the recently appointed Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art (CoCA). Kudumu is an independent scholar, published writer, and healer working at the intersection of art and healing with a focus on contemporary art from the Pacific Northwest, Africa, South Asia, and their respective diasporas. In 2017, Kudumu co-organized the group exhibition Back Stories with Mariane Ibrahim, director and founder of the eponymous gallery, now headquartered in Chicago. Building on her research into multidisciplinary collectives composed of African and BIPOC artists operating on the African continent and in its Diaspora, Kudumu plans to investigate their collaborative creative processes; tacit codes of care, comradery, and professional support; and modes of engagement with the global art, film, and music industries.

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Recipient of the Marian Goodman Gallery Initiative Fellowship: Anaïs Duplan

Posted on June 14, 2021

Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of the upcoming book I NEED MUSIC (Action Books, 2021), a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in St. Louis, Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. He works as Program Manager at Recess, Brooklyn. Duplan’s research engages with multidisciplinary, Black avant-garde methodologies towards documentation, through the marriage of poetry and the visual arts, and explores what service poetics and art-making practices offer to liberation, memory, and grief.

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Kamloops Solidarity

Posted on June 2, 2021

ICI stands with the members of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and with Indigenous communities across North America in honoring the immeasurable loss at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

With respect to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc members, we encourage you to read this statement from the Office of the Chief, Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir with links to read more about the history of residential schools in Canada. To learn more about the context of this residential school in Kamloops, we encourage you to read this New York Times article.

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To support the services provided by the Indian Residential School Survivor Society, consider donating here.

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