Leadership Council

ICI’s international presence has recently been made stronger by the transformative role of the Leadership Council. Established in 2013, this visionary group develops new initiatives that elevate ICI to the next level. The members of the Leadership Council share a passion for international perspectives on contemporary art, and recognize the need for strong regional networks of curators and art spaces within ICI’s global scope. In this way, the Council works closely together with ICI to nurture the curatorial network from the inside out, and establishes the crucial foundations for the future of international exchange.


The Council strengthens ICI and helps shaping the organization’s programs in unique ways that are tailored to each member’s vision of contemporary art. In the past year alone, ICI has expanded curatorial exchange, training and research opportunities in regions such as Latin America and Africa, through the creation of two Leadership Funds; engaged with the largest audience in the organization’s history through the redesign of ICI’s online platform; re-formulated key fundraising efforts that are critical to the organization and elevated the ICI Annual Benefit & Auction to new heights. Members of the Leadership Council were involved in nearly all of the many facets of the organization, supporting the broad reach of ICI’s exhibitions and publications, as well as pioneering programs in education and curatorial research, and developing new fundraising opportunities to better support curators, artists and art spaces around the world that are shaping contemporary art today.



Sarina Tang, Chair

Sarah Arison

Josh Brooks and Jung Lee

Lee Broughton

Eric Bunnag Booth, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum

William Bush

Adriana Cisneros and Nicholas Griffin

Paula Crown

Dimitris Daskalopoulos

Faruk and Fusun Eczacibasi

Kathy Fuld

Jane Glassman, Fine Art Dealers Association

Marian Goodman

Peter and Laurie Grauer

Agnes Gund

Marlene Hess

LaVon Kellner

Toby Devan Lewis

Dorothy Lichtenstein

Alexander Logsdail

Jeanne and Dennis Masel

Julie Mehretu and Jessica Rankin

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

Emily Rauh Pulitzer

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Hanna Schouwink

Jack Shear

Jerry Speyer

Svetlana Uspenskaya and Alexey Kousmichoff

Mercedes Vilardell

Lawrence and Alice Weiner


For more information about the Leadership Council, contact Manuela Paz at



On Monday October 21, ICI hosted its Annual Benefit & Auction, with guests from around the world who gathered to raise a glass to Kate Fowle and honor Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo with the Leo Award, presented by Carlos Basualdo and, this year, created by Martine Syms.

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ICI International Forum Tour of Storefront for Art and Architecture

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On Tuesday September 4, ICI kicked off the season with an exclusive program for ICI’s International Forum. ICI collaborator and Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Storefront for Art and Architcture, José Esparza Chong Cuy, led patrons on a tour of Aquí vive gente: Museum of History and Community of Puerta de Tierra, an exhibition by a grassroots organization in Puerto Rico that aims to preserve the cultural heritage and collective memory of a San Juan community fighting gentrification forces called Puerta de Tierra.  

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Summer Cocktails 2019

On Thursday July 11, ICI Trustee LaVon Kellner hosted ICI’s annual Summer Cocktails event to celebrate ICI’s programming in New York City and around the world.

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ICI Travels: St. Louis

From June 21–23, 2019 members of ICI traveled to St. Louis on a patrons trip to visit the city’s thriving arts scene with a focus on the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Emily Rauh Pulitzer, ICI’s 2018 Leo Award recipient. The program included tours of the St Louis Museum of Art (SLAM),  the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM), the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Luminary, private collection visits at the homes of St. Louis’ leading philanthropists as well as a historical tour of downtown St. Louis.

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On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, member of ICI’s Leadership Council convened for a tour of the exhibition Nari Ward: We the People at New Museum led by associate curator Helga Christoffersen.

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On Wednesday, March 13, members of ICI’s International Forum convened for a tour of the exhibition Comfortably Numb at ANOTHER SPACE led by the preeminent New York-based curator, collector and philanthropist, Estrellita Brodsky. ANOTHER SPACE is a program established by the Daniel and Estrellita B. Brodsky Family Foundation to broaden international awareness and appreciation of art from Latin America.

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Annual Leadership Council Miami Luncheon


On Thursday, December 6, members of ICI’s Leadership Council gathered at the Miami restaurant Fooq’s for the Annual Luncheon celebrating ICI’s newest Limited Edition created by artist and ICI trustee, Sam Moyer, and launched at NADA Miami.

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On Tuesday October 23, ICI hosted our 2018 Annual Benefit & Auction, bringing together collaborators and friends from around the world. Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, presented Merve Elveren with the Independent Vision Curatorial Award (IVCA) and ICI Trustee Emerita Agnes Gund presented Emily Rauh Pulitzer with the Leo Award. The 2018 Leo Award was created by Sam Moyer.

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ICI Hosts Private Tour at The Whitney Museum

On Tuesday September 4, ICI kicked off the season with an exclusive program for ICI’s International Forum. Marcela Guerrero, ICI alumna and Assistant Curator at The Whitney Museum, led patrons on a private tour of Pacha, Llaquta, Washichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art.

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Tour of Danh Vo at The Guggenheim

On Tuesday May 1, ICI hosted its annual International Forum Museum Tour to kick off Frieze New York. Katherine Brinson, The Guggenheim’s Daskalopoulos Curator of Contemporary Art, led patrons on a private tour of Danh Vo’s Take My Breath Away followed by a breakfast reception at The Wright, Guggenheim’s restaurant.

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Roya Sachs leads a tour at Lever House

On Tuesday evening, April 24, Roya Sachs, Curator for the Lever House Art Collection, gave a tour of Adam Pendleton’s site-specific installation for ICI’s International Forum and Leadership Council members.

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New York launch of Uri Aran Limited Edition hosted by Ann & Mel Schaffer

On Friday March 9 ICI trustees Ann & Mel Schaffer hosted a brunch reception in their Upper East Side home for the New York launch of Uri Aran’s edition in support of ICI and do it (in school).

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ICI Summer Cocktails at San Remo

On Wednesday, July 13, ICI invited colleagues, donors, alumni and friends to the annual Summer Cocktails event at the newly inaugurated San Remo cafe.

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On the occasion of TEFAF’s inaugural Spring fair in New York, Michael Plummer, Managing Director of TEFAF NEW YORK and Principal and Co-Founder of Artvest Partners LLC, greeted ICI patrons and gave a brief history of the organization before Luciano deMarsillac, VIP Relations for TEFAF, gave patrons a Latin American focussed tour.

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ICI Patrons Events During Frieze Week

On Friday, May 6, ICI’s Independents and closest friends and colleagues met on Randall’s Island for brunch co-hosted once again with Frieze. The next day, we met for a spring picnic on Saturday, May 7, at NADA on the Basketball City pier.

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