Sept. 7, 2012
If you’re betting on who will make up the next set of influential international curators, this list could make you rich. Today the New York-based non-profit Independent Curators International announces the nominees for this year’s Independent Vision Curatorial Award, a prize bestowed on emerging figures in the field by their more established colleagues. ARTINFO got an early look, and here’s what to expect.
The second annual prize’s 15 nominees include independent curators and major museum staffers working in a dozen different countries. And they’ve been vetted by some of the biggest names in contemporary art, including Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg, White Columns director Matthew Higgs, Documenta’s Chus Martinez, MIT List Visual Arts Center curator João Ribas, LACMA’s chief curator of contemporary art Franklin Sirmans, and Guggenheim chief curator Nancy Spector.
The most established of the nominees may be Whitney Museum curator and 2012 Biennial co-curator Jay Sanders. He’s joined by other U.S. noms including fellow New Yorker and Artists Space curator Richard Birkett, Astria Suparak of Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh, and the founder and director of Los Angeles art space the Mistake Room, Cesar Garcia, who splits his time between L.A. and Mexico City and was the U.S. commissioner at this year’s Cairo Biennial.
…Appropriately, the globetrottingest of all curators on the international museum and biennial circuit, the Serpentine Gallery’s Hans Ulrich Obrist, will select the overall winner, to be announced at ICI’s fall benefit auction and gala on November 19. Last year’s winner was Doryun Chong, an associate curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art.