Independent Curators International (ICI) announce Curatorial Intensive in Argentina

Independent Curators International (ICI) present Curatorial Intensive in Argentina on August 18–24, 2013.

Developed by Independent Curators International (ICI) in collaboration with MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, the Curatorial Intensive: On Curating, Between Theory and Practice will examine the developments of the curatorial field and the changing role of the curator, while exploring research-based initiatives, independent projects, collections and institutional building, and new financial architectures, among other topics.

Recognizing there are few opportunities for professionals to receive practical training and guidance while working full-time, the Curatorial Intensive is targeted toward self-motivated individuals—working independently or in institutions—who would benefit from a week of intensive conversations around the issues and questions that regularly arise for curators.

This program marks the first Curatorial Intensive that ICI has developed in Spanish, offering Spanish-speaking curators the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world, share ideas on how to push the parameters of their practice, and build a network for future collaborations. Applicants should be fluent in Spanish since seminars and discussions will take place in Spanish only.

On the occasion of this Intensive, ICI and MACBA will publish a reader with key essays on curatorial practice, many of which have not been translated into Spanish before.

Seminars, site visits, individual meetings, and roundtable discussions will be led by a group of international professionals that includes Magalí Arriola (Chief Curator, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico), Naomi Beckwith (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago), Abraham Cruzvillegas (artist, Mexico City), María del Carmen Carrión (Associate Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI, New York), Ana Longoni (independent curator and researcher, Buenos Aires), Michelle Marxuach (Co-director and Co-founder, Beta-Local, San Juan), Renaud Proch (Executive Director, ICI), and Agustín Pérez Rubio (independent curator and art critic).

Application guidelines
Visit ICI’s website to apply for the Curatorial Intensive online. All applications must be submitted in Spanish and 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 250-word bio, 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.

Fees and scholarships
The program fee is 1,900 USD. Participants are also responsible for covering travel and accommodation expenses. A number of scholarship packages that subsidize or eliminate the program fees, accommodation, and travel expenses are available and awarded based on merit. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please include a letter of motivation with your application. Scholarships for Latin American curators are supported by the Jumex Collection. Mexican curators can apply for a scholarship supported by kurimanzutto.

For more information or questions, visit ICI’s website or email [email protected]

About the Curatorial Intensive
The Curatorial Intensive is ICI’s short-term, low-cost training program that offers 12–14 curators the chance to develop project ideas and make connections with professionals in the field. It also provides the invaluable 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 Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and by generous contributions from Toby Devan Lewis, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.

About 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 around the world, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art. Since it was established in 1975, ICI has worked with over 1,000 curators and 3,700 artists from 47 countries worldwide.

About MACBA – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires
MACBA opened to the public on September 1, 2012 in San Telmo. Its mission is to acquire, preserve, investigate, document, communicate, and exhibit national and international contemporary art. Its intention is to become a forum for reflection and access to the different trends in contemporary art and, in particular, geometric abstraction, given its local and global historical importance. This tendency marks the profile of its collection and will be its primary object of study and research. Education through art and social inclusion is also its objective in the short and the long term.

Application deadline: June 24, 2013