Celebrating 35 Years of Independent Curators International



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Celebrating 35 Years of Independent Curators International 

ICI honors outstanding curators RoseLee Goldberg and Doryun Chong at its 35th Anniversary Party on Thursday, December 9 at Park Avenue Armory, New York

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To mark the 35th Anniversary of Independent Curators International (ICI), John Baldessari has given the organization a "new look." Baldessari—who was an ICI trustee for 9 years and presented his work in 13 ICI exhibitions—has created a new graphic that visually reinforces how curators are central to the organization: it is their independent thinking and international networks that give us the opportunity to discover art and artists worldwide.

This year, ICI is pleased to honor two curators whose insightful work reflects this approach to curatorial practice.

RoseLee Goldberg, Director of PERFORMA, is the recipient of the fifth Agnes Gund Curatorial Award for outstanding achievements in the field. Goldberg is honored for her seminal study, Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present (1979), a leading text for understanding the development of the genre; and for her work in developing new platforms for the presentation of experimental practice, in particular her vision in the creation of PERFORMA. ICI looks forward to working together with Goldberg on an exhibition and a curatorial training program in 2011.

Doryun Chong, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at MoMA, will receive the first Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award, which has been inaugurated to reflect ICI's commitment to supporting international curators early in their careers. Chong is honored for his multiple, global understandings of artworks and their contexts, including his groundbreaking lexicon on Huang Yong Ping's complex web of meanings, intentions, history, conflict, and culture. In addition, he is being recognized for the recent exhibitions he has curated and co-curated in a range of venues nationally and internationally, including Brinkmanship: Park Chan-Kyong and Sean Snyder (REDCAT, 2010) with Clara Kim; and Brave New Worlds (Walker Art Center, 2007) with Yasmil Raymond. As part of the award, Chong will receive a research grant and develop an ICI public program in 2011. An interview by Executive Director Kate Fowle, focusing on his practice to date, will be featured on ICI's website.

The formal presentation of the awards will be made by Klaus Biesenbach, Director of PS1 Contemporary Art Center, at ICI's 35th Anniversary Party on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at Park Avenue Armory, New York. Alix Pearlstein will be presenting a new performance work in honor of RoseLee Goldberg.

For more information about ICI's 35th Anniversary Party, please visit our website: www.ici-exhibitions.org.

About Independent Curators International (ICI)

Founded in 1975, Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. 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.

Headquartered in New York, ICI is a small non-profit with an expansive purview. In 35 years of operation it has organized 116 traveling exhibitions, as well as numerous events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world, profiling the work of more than 3,700 artists. The shows have been presented in 590 museums, university art galleries, and art centers in 48 states and 25 countries worldwide, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan. Experienced by nearly 6 million people, the exhibitions and events have attracted extensive local, national, and international press, and are placed in a critical framework through accompanying catalogues and books published by ICI.

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