Curatorial Forum

2016 Curatorial Forum Symposium at the Graham Foundation

Developed by EXPO CHICAGO and Independent Curators International (ICI), the Curatorial Forum offers a group of mid-career and established curators, working independently or with an institutional affiliation, the opportunity to engage with their peers and explore significant issues relating to curating, programming, institution-building and audience engagement. Featuring a series of sessions focused on critical questions relevant to contemporary practice and context, the Curatorial Forum is led by internationally recognized leaders in the field. 2019 highlights include a keynote discussion by Zoe Butt (Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City);  an expanded collaboration engaging architecture curators with long-time partner The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; and participation by alumni of the prestigious Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellowship at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in honor of the Fellowship's 20th anniversary. Participation in the Curatorial Forum is by invitation only.


Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that connects emerging and established curators, artists, and art spaces, forging international networks and generating new forms of collaborations. ICI provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.