Independent Curators International (ICI) announce Fall 2012 Curatorial Intensive. Curating Beyond Exhibition Making

. June 25, 2012 . 0 Comments

Independent Curators International (ICI) is producing the Curatorial Intensive: Curating Beyond Exhibition Making, the first short course to offer training to curators on the concepts and logistics of organizing public events, workshops, and other discursive program formats, on October 21–30, 2012.

Topics under discussion will include new formats for durational pedagogical projects and the production of events and curatorial publications, as well as more traditional museum education models. Central to all sessions will be discussions discerning audience and publics, and the consideration of time and space in relation to programming.

Recognizing there are few opportunities for professionals to receive practical training and guidance while also working, the Curatorial Intensive is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a week of intensive conversations around issues and questions that arise for curators. These range from the pragmatics of developing a program and building working relationships with artists, to the theoretical aspects of understanding how to turn a concept into a project and effectively communicate ideas.

This Intensive is developed in collaboration with Dominic Willsdon (Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SF MoMA). Other faculty and advisors include Sarah Hromack (Head of Digital Media, Whitney Museum of American Art), Anthony Huberman (Director, The Artist’s Institute), Brian Kuan Wood (Editor, e-flux journal), Carin Kuoni (Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School), Sina Najafi (Editor-in-Chief, Cabinet Magazine), Sofía Olascoaga (independent curator and educator), and Sally Tallant (Artistic Director, Liverpool Biennial).

Application guidelines
Visit ICI’s website to apply for the Curatorial Intensive online. All applications must include a 300-word description of a program idea that the applicant would like help in developing. This description should outline the proposal concept and any artists that the applicant is considering. Also required are a current resume, a 500-word letter of intent, and a 300-word text that describes a recent curatorial project that has made an impact on the applicant.

Participants are responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. Scholarship packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fees, accommodation, and travel expenses are available and awarded based on merit. Scholarships for Turkish nationals will be supported by SAHA.

For more information, visit ICI’s website or contact Public Programs Manager Chelsea Haines at

About the Curatorial Intensive
The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers curators the chance to develop project ideas and make connections to professionals in the field. It provides the opportunity for peer-group education, forging new networks internationally. The Curatorial Intensive takes place twice annually in New York, and in other locations in conjunction with institutional partners worldwide.

The Curatorial Intensive is made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

About Independent Curators International
Independent Curators International (ICI) connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration through the production of exhibitions, events, publications, and curatorial training. Headquartered in New York, the organization provides public access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in curating and exhibition-making, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art. Since it was established in 1975, ICI has worked with over 1000 curators and 3700 artists from 47 countries worldwide.

Application deadline: August 10, 2012

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