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Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans is the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Prior to his recent appointment, he was the department head and curator of contemporary art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art from 2010 until fall 2015. At LACMA Sirmans organized Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada, which travels to the Wexner Center for the Arts in January 2016. He also curated Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation, and coorganized the exhibition Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection. From 2006 to 2010, he was curator of modern and contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston where he organized several exhibitions including NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith, Steve Wolfe: Works on Paper, Maurizio Cattelan: Is There Life Before Death? and Vija Celmins: Television and Disaster, 1964-1966. He is the 2007 David C. Driskell Prize Winner and he was the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans from 2012-2014. He is the curator of the forthcoming exhibition Toba Khedoori.

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ICI’s 2016 Independent Vision Curatorial Award

Established in 2010 as an initiative of the Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, the Independent Vision Curatorial Award reflects ICI’s commitment to supporting international curators early in their careers who have shown exceptional creativity and prescience in their exhibition-making, research, and related writing. The award, including a $3,000 stipend towards a new project, is given every […]

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Miguel A. Lopez, a writer, researcher, and Chief Curator of TEOR/éTica in San Jose, Costa Rica, and Co-founder or Bisagra in Lima, Perú, will receive the 2016 Independent Vision Curatorial Award. Lopez was selected by by Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, from 12 curators nominated by international art professionals in ICI’s […]

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ICI 2016 Benefit & Auction Wednesday, October 26 Cocktails at 6:30pm Dinner at 7:30pm Cedar Lake 547 West 26th Street New York City Join ICI’s Annual Benefit & Auction on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 as we reaffirm our commitment to curatorial practice and contemporary art. Raise a glass to the future of the organization, and […]

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ICI Conversations: Franklin Sirmans

ICI Conversations are thought-provoking events that give you exclusive access to the people – artists, curators, critics, collectors, and museum directors – who influence contemporary art today, while bringing you an insider’s perspective on ICI, your access point to contemporary art around the world. For the first ICI Conversations event of 2014, ICI invited guests […]

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