Independent Curators International (ICI) Call for Applications: ICI’s Curatorial Intensive on curating performance

Independent Curators International (ICI) is now accepting applications for curators internationally to participate in its short-course training program, the Curatorial Intensive.

Organized from November 13-21, 2011 in association with the visual art performance organization Performa, the program will use the Performa 11 biennial (November 1–21, 2011) as a platform to explore how curating performance art is being theorized and implemented today, including logistical and conceptual concerns arising from the commissioning, production, interpretation and documentation of performance art. Working with a faculty that includes leading artists, curators, and historians, by day the 10–14 selected participants will engage in a rigorous schedule of workshops, discussions, critiques, and advisement sessions to develop individual project proposals. Participants will also have special access to Performa 11 events, including Commissions, Premieres, Projects, and educational programs.

Teachers and advisors for this program include artist Mark Beasley (Curator, Performa), Klaus Biesenbach (Director, MoMA PS1, and Curator at Large, MoMA), Claire Bishop (Associate Professor, Art History, CUNY Graduate Center), RoseLee Goldberg (Founding Director and Curator, Performa), and Nancy Spector (Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation).” to the end of the third paragraph.

Application Guidelines

Visit ICI’s website to apply for the Curatorial Intensive online. Applications must include a 500-word description of a program idea focused on performance 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 500–1,000 word letter of intent; and a 500-word text that describes a recent exhibition that has made an impact on the applicant. 

Fees and Scholarships
The program fee is 1,900 USD. Participants are responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. ICI also offers generous scholarship packages, subsidizing or eliminating the program fees and travel expenses of four participants.

About the Curatorial Intensive

This is the fourth iteration of the Curatorial Intensive, ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers curators the chance to develop exhibition 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 was developed by ICI’s Executive Director, Kate Fowle, who joined the organization after working as the International Curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Prior to her time in China, Fowle spent 6 years in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts, where she was the director of the MA Program in Curatorial Practice, which she founded in 2002 with Ralph Rugoff. 

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

For more information, visit ICI’s website, or contact Education & Public Programs Manager Chelsea Haines at [email protected]

About Independent Curators International
Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. In 35 years, ICI has organized 118 traveling exhibitions, profiling the work of more than 3,700 artists. The resulting networks include 621 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 48 states and 29 countries. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

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