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Celebrating 40 Years of ICI

Since 1975, Independent Curators International (ICI) has produced exhibitions, publications, training programs and research initiatives for curators – as well as hundreds of free events for everyone – in 400 cities and 55 countries. ICI has supported over 1,000 curators, 2,600 artists, and worked with 550 art spaces; and there are 360 Curatorial Intensive alumni based in 64 countries who represent the future of the curatorial field. Our network keeps growing—one collaboration at a time. As ICI enters its 40th year, we are highlighting many of the important collaborators, exhibitions, publications, and public programs that have defined our mission. We celebrate ICI’s past with a keen eye on the future, and continue our pioneering work in the curatorial field. Click under “Event Updates” on the right side of this page to navigate through highlights from the past 40 years that continue to inform present-day ICI programs and exhibitions.

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January 1, 1975- - December 31, 2015 @ Celebrating 40 Years of ICI


event updates

Spotlight: Thinking Contemporary Curating

As we prepare to launch Talking Contemporary Curating, we take a look back at ICI’s pioneering history of publishing in the curatorial field. At the turn of the millennium there were no more than a half dozen books on the subject of curating. One of them was ICI’s Words of Wisdom (2001), a compilation of short texts by […]

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Spotlight: Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson, A Portfolio of Models – The Goddess 1974, black and white gelatin silver print. Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist, artist, founder of the experimental artist-run space Franklin Furnace, and an ICI collaborator since the early days of ICI. Just three years after ICI was established, and at the same time as Wilson founded the […]

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40 Years of Exhibiting Video

Terry Fox, Children’s Tapes (cintas para niños), 1974, black and white video with sound, 30min. | Bruce Nauman, Lip Sync (Sincronización labial), 1969, black and white video with sound, 30 min. ICI’s 40-year history of exhibiting video art in many ways encompasses the mission and trajectory of the organization. Through several video exhibitions organized by ICI ever since […]

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Generating new content, and new publications

Boulton, Jack, & David A. Ross. VIDEO ART USA: XIII BIENAL DE SAO PAULO, OCTUBRE–DICIEMBRE DE 1975. Exh. cat. Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1975. As they travel to art spaces around the globe, ICI exhibitions are adapted by the presenting venues and curators to generate new content, and new experiences with local […]

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Supporting curators and curatorial research

Pablo León de la Barra: Report from Central America presentation at the ICI Curatorial Hub on March 4, 2014. Curator’s Perspective: Rosina Cazali at the New Museum on March 17, 2012. Since 2009, ICI’s public programs and research initiatives have raised public awareness of the curatorial role and encouraged meaningful exchange in the field. Many […]

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Martha Wilson, Martha Wilson as Barbara Bush, March 11, 1991. Courtesy of the artist. Over the past 40 years, ICI has built an unparalleled network of collaborators that includes curators, artists, and art spaces of all sizes, with the goal to support independent practice locally, and encourage the sharing of independent thought across the globe. This […]

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Energizing curatorial networks, and fostering professional development around the world

Participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Addis Ababa. May 13–19, 2014. Recognizing the critical issues faced by emerging curators working in different contexts across the U.S. and around the world – including cost, time, and access to resources – ICI developed the Curatorial Intensive in 2010 as a weeklong, low-cost program that can take place […]

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Promoting Collaboration

Sollins, Susan and Nina Castelli Sundell. Team Spirit. Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, 1990. 84 pages. 9 x 11.5 in.. Cover (top) and interior cover page (bottom). ICI was founded in 1975 by two art world pioneers, Susan Sollins and Nina Castelli Sundell,  who together defined the vision behind one of the first organizations in the world to […]

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