The Independents

ICI Independents at CANADA gallery for Tribeca Gallery Walk led by Elizabeth Dee, 2019


ICI connects curators, artists and art spaces to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. THE INDEPENDENTS is an invitation-only membership group of dynamic individuals active in the contemporary art world that support the organization’s programs and vision for the future.

The Independents gain insights into new approaches to contemporary art and culture by connecting with emerging and established curators, artists, collectors, and leading figures in the art world. Through shared reading, educational programs, social events with ICI’s staff, Board of Trustees and other patrons, members are part of a truly international art organization with connections to 55 countries.

Through ICI, the Independents have access to programs and select events with international curators and artists, and remain connected to a global world of art, access to the curators, artists, and art spaces that keep their finger on the pulse of contemporary art worldwide.

The Independents nominate new members on a regular basis. Individuals are selected to join based on their creative contributions and dedication to the contemporary art world. For more information about the Independents, contact Manuela Paz at


Adam Abdalla
Danny Baez
Charlotte Bancroft
Kristen Becker
Liddy Berman
Lara A. Björk
Christiana Boyle
Alyson Cafiero
Susanna Callegari
Fischer Cherry
Maggie Clinton
Kipton Cronkite
Alix Dana
Emily Davidson
Bridget Donahue
Julie Emerson
Monica F. Eulitz
Shawna Cooper Gallancy
Bill Glennon
Taymour Grahne
Alexa Halaby
Ebony L. Haynes
Astrid Hill
Patton Hindle
Alix Hornyan
Matthew Hoyle
Heather Hubbs
Jon Huddleson
Naomi Huth
Kelly Jones
Jeremiah Joseph
Lauren Kelly
Thomas Kelly
Kristin Korolowicz
Phyllis Lally Seevers
Sims Lansing
Alex Logsdail
Francesco Longenecker
Julia Lukacher
Liz Luna
Max Marshall
Celine Mo
Charles Moffett
Josie Nash
Paula Naughton
Larry Ossei-Mensah
William Palley
Sarah Paul
Rita Pinto
Paul Richert-Garcia
Lucia Roldan
Thomas Rom
Molly Rowe
Laura Saenz
Jenny Slayton-Green
Julie Solovyeva
Jessica Speiser
Tasha Sterling
Seth Stolbun
Katharine Urbati
Dexter Wimberly
Jonathan Winter
Christopher Wise
Georgia Wright
Adam Yokell


Tribeca Gallery Walk

On Saturday, September 14, 2019 Independents gathered for a champagne reception at SFA Advisory hosted by Lisa Schiff on the occasion of Tribeca Gallery Walk.  Elizabeth Dee, founder of the Independent art fair, then led ICI members on a walking tour of new galleries and exhibitions in Tribeca.

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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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On Tuesday, May 28, 2019 ICI hosted Raffle Night!, the 3rd Annual Independents Spring Benefit at James Cohan Gallery and organized by Paula Naughton.  The comedic artist-duo Talk Hole MC’d the event, artist Brujo_selector DJ’d and grand prizes were donated by Trisha Baga, Liz Glynn, and Sarah Braman.

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Cocktails with a Curator: Jane Panetta

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, ICI Independent Bridget Donahue hosted Cocktails with a Curator featuring co-curator of The Whitney Biennial 2019, Jane Panetta in conversation with Renaud Proch, Executive Director of ICI.

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On Wednesday May 30, 2018 ICI hosted Raffle Night!, the 2nd Annual Independents Spring Benefit at Sean Kelly gallery and organized by Lauren Kelly.  Famed New York drag queen Linda Simpson MC’d the event, artist Raul de Nieves DJ’d and grand prizes were donated by Jose Davila, Jessica Stockholder and Eddie Martinez.

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Uptown Gallery Hop led by Liddy Berman

On Saturday April 21, ICI Independent and Director of Eleusis Art Advisory, Liddy Berman, led fellow Independents on a gallery hop of gallery located on the upper east side including, Aquavella, Gagosian, Jack Tilton Gallery, Carig F. Starr, Nara Roesler, and Mendes Wood.


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Cocktails with a Curator: Ruba Katrib

ruba9On Wednesday, February 13, Adam Abdalla and Susan Globus hosted a conversation and cocktail reception with MoMA PS1 curator Ruba Katrib. This new annual series, Cocktails with a Curator, is designed exclusively for Independents, bringing members together with a curator for an intimate talk and reception.

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On Thursday December 14, ICI Trustee Sam Moyer, and Executive Director Renaud Proch, hosted a holiday drink and tour of WIDE WAKE, Sam Moyer’s first solo show at Sean Kelly Gallery.

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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 May 30, 2017 ICI hosted BINGO NIGHT, ICI’s inaugural Independents’ Spring Benefit hosted by Josie Nash and fellow ICI Independents, Adam Abdalla, Sims Lansing, Matthew Israel, Larry Ossei-Mensah, and Sam Moyer. Artist Martin Kersels led the bingo rounds while guests sipped delicious cocktails provided by VDKA6100, Morris Kitchen and VOSS and went home with limited editioned bingo cards designed by artists Gina Beavers, Melissa Brown, Chris Johanson, and Andrew Kuo.  The event took place at Mitchell Innes & Nash in Chelsea with prizes by Metrograph, Elizabeth Jaeger, Judd Foundation, Sofi Brazzeal, Vanity Projects, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, and more! Check out the following photos provided by BFA.

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ICI Annual Summer Cocktails at Fort Gansevoort

On Tuesday, July 12, ICI’s closest friends and collaborators gathered at our annual Summer Cocktails event to celebrate ICI’s programming in New York City and around the world. Staff and guests caught up on this summer evening, and enjoyed drinks, fresh watermelon and BBQ! The event was hosted at Fort Gansevoort in the heart of the Meatpacking District.

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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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ICI Conversations: Sarah Braman

In March of 2016, ICI Independents and Board members were invited for a private artist talk and tour of You Are Everything

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ICI Annual Summer Cocktails at Artsy Headquarters

On Wednesday, July 15, ICI’s closest friends and collaborators joined us at our annual Summer Cocktails event to celebrate 40 years of ICI programming in New York City and around the world.

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