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Independent Curators International Names Amanda Parmer Director of Programs

Amanda Parmer.


Amanda Parmer will join the Independent Curators International as its director of programs, a newly created position.

In her role, Parmer will look to expand the reach of the ICI’s exhibitions, programs, and publications, as well as its initiatives in supporting curators globally. Among those currently traveling exhibitions are a survey of work by Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul and “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.,” which was originally organized as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and which the ICI recently brought to the Hunter College Art Galleries in New York.

Parmer is currently a curator at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics, where she has been since 2016. Prior to joining the New School, she was an independent curator, and organized programs in New York at the Abrons Art Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Kitchen, the New Museum, and Cleopatra’s, among other venues. She also created in 2014 a New York–based curatorial space called Parmer, which hosted exhibitions and programs related to queer, feminist, and post-colonial issues. Her writing has appeared in Art in America and Artforum, among other publications.

“I have long admired ICI for its forward-thinking programs and exhibitions at the forefront of curatorial practice that create local engagement and an international scope of relations,” Parmer said in a statement. “I am eager to work with the curators, artists, and art spaces in ICI’s dynamic network to think together about the relationships that art, institutions, and pedagogy hold; what physical and discursive spaces are available for the cultural production of our contemporary moment; who has access to these spaces and how might they need to change.”

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