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ICI: New York events and a South African journey

Independent Curators International (ICI)
This week Independent Curators International (ICI) is off to South Africa for the first-ever Curatorial Intensive in Johannesburg. Closer to home, the Curatorial Hub will host Dana Levy's book launch on March 14 and the second session of The New York Times Feminist Reading Group on March 20. The "Looking Back: 1993" series will continue with a conversation between Hans Haacke and Irving Sandler on March 23 at the New Museum, and don't forget to buy your tickets to this season's ICI CONVERSATIONS series, generously hosted by Sotheby's, New York.


Curatorial Intensive: Johannesburg
Bag Factory Artists' Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa

ICI welcomes the participants of the first Curatorial Intensive in Johannesburg (March 7–12).

Mika Conradie (Johannesburg, South Africa), Josh Ginsburg (Cape Town, South Africa), Hama Goro (Bamako, Mali), Patrick Hunkeler (Johannesburg, South Africa), Nkululeko Khumalo (Vaal Triangle, South Africa), Portia Malatjie (Johannesburg, South Africa), Robinah Nansubuga (Kampala, Uganda), Karen Obling (Nairobi, Kenya), Marie Hélène Pereira (Dakar, Senegal), Mthabisi Phili (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe), Maria Fidel Regueros (Johannesburg, South Africa), and Dana Whabira (Harare, Zimbabwe).

Instructors and advisors include: Zdenka Badovinac (Director of Moderna Galerija/Museum of Modern Art, Ljubliana), Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director of RAW MATERIAL COMPANY, Dakar), Michelle Marxuach (Co-founder and Co-director of Betalocal, San Juan), Riason Naidoo (Director of South African National Gallery, Cape Town), Gabi Ngcobo (Creative Director of the Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg), Nontobeko Ntombela (Johannesburg-based curator), and Didier Schaub (Co-founder of Doual’art, Douala), among others.

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Contact Misa Jeffereis, Public Programs & Research Coordinator, at misa@curatorsintl.org for more information.


Looking Back: 1993
Hans Haacke, Germania, German Pavilion,
Venice Biennale, 1993. 
© Hans Haacke/Artists Rights Society

"Looking Back: 1993" with Hans Haacke and Irving Sandler
Saturday, March 23, 3
New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

Ticket: $8

Hans Haacke’s seminal work, Germania, at the Venice Biennale in 1993 was the first time that an artist had made a critique of a national pavilion, using it as a subject of inquiry and space of contestation.

This will be the starting point for a conversation between Haacke and art critic Irving Sandler, who will consider the influence of the artist's early systems works in relation to the Pavilion and later projects.

Organized in collaboration with the New Museum as part of a series of conversations on landmark exhibitions in 1993.

Buy your tickets nowContact Misa Jeffereis, Public Programs & Research Coordinator, at misa@curatorsintl.org for more information.


ICI CONVERSATIONS is a series of thought-provoking events that give you exclusive access to the people—artists, critics, collectors, advisors, gallerists, curators, and museum directors—who are influencing the contemporary art world today.

This year's ICI CONVERSATIONS series will bring you insider perspectives on hot topics from how a world-class collection is built, to the secrets behind making the Frieze New York art fair the talk of town. Keeping you ahead of the curve, ICI CONVERSATIONS will also give insights from leading curators on their “top pick” artists under 35, and will include a day exploring Brooklyn’s rapidly developing art center, Bushwick, where many of New York’s current and upcoming art stars have studios. First up:

Curators' Top Picks Under 35
Ruba Katrib, Chus Martínez, and Fionn Meade

Wednesday, March 27
Hosted by Sotheby's New York 
Couples Series Ticket: $2,500
Single Series Ticket: $1,500 

Individual Ticket (Choose your event): $250

for more information on the entire series.

ICI would like to thank Jill Brienza, Jennifer Brown, Jim Cohan, Ann Cook, Jason Herrick, Interstate Projects, Simon Preston, Ann Schaffer, Barbara Toll, Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner.

Special Thanks to

Contact Bridget Finn, Associate Director of Strategic Planning & ICI Projects at bridget@curatorsintl.org or at 212.254.8200 ext.124 for more information.

Dana Levy NYTimes Feminist Reading Group: Session II
Left to right: Dana Levy, The Wake, 2011, video still; The New York Times Feminist Reading Group

Dana Levy: belonging/s
Thursday, March 14, 6:30
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

ICI is launching Dana Levy’s new artist’s book World Order, which was produced for her 2012 solo show at The Center for Contemporary Arts Tel Aviv in affiliation with Braverman Gallery and Sternthal Books. We will look at Levy’s videos, video installations, and photography, and explore the historical and personal context to a contemporary socio-political reality in the Middle East and around the globe. for more information.

The New York Times Feminist Reading Group
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Join Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden for a reading group dedicated to looking at the March 20, 2013 print edition of The New York Times from a feminist point of view. The Curatorial Hub will be open to the public throughout the day as a reading room for those who want to arrive early to browse complementary copies of the newspaper before the evening session.  for more information.

Both events are free and open to the public, though seating is limited. RSVP to rsvp@curatorsintl.org with DANA LEVY and/or READING GROUP in the subject field. Contact Misa Jeffereis, Public Programs & Research Coordinator at misa@curatorsintl.org for more information.

Conversations with Contemporary Artists

Don't miss the Guggenheim's last event in the Conversations with Contemporary Artists series with Danh Vo on Tuesday, March 19, 6:30pm. Vo, the ninth artist to win the Hugo Boss Prize award will speak about his exhibition The Hugo Boss Prize 2012, on view at the Guggenheim Museum from May 15–27. Buy your tickets today here.
Muriel Enjalran

Muriel Enjalran was invited to come to New York from Paris as the first ICI/French Institute Fellow. After participating in ICI’s Curatorial Intensive program in the Summer 2012, she conducted research into artists who engage with the public sphere and explore the relationship between art and politics beyond conventional practices.

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