Wesleyan University

About the ICPP

Contemporary performance is at a distinct crossroads. The co-existence and cross-pollination of idea- and technique-based performance practice has created a dynamic dialog over the past several decades. The Internet and other new technologies have created a vast social fabric of interconnectivity and information. Walls between disciplines are increasingly porous, and interdisciplinary performance practice is informed by a wide range of cultural, aesthetic, and historical landscapes.

ICCP students 2012

Founded in 2010, the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) brings together artists, curators, scholars, presenters and cultural leaders to encourage innovative and relevant curatorial approaches to presenting time-based art. The ICPP has developed a Professional Certificate Program in Curatorial Practice in Performance, now in its second year. The Certificate is an intensive, nine-month, low-residency academic program.

The ICPP Professional Certificate Program encourages emerging curators to enrich their understanding of intellectually rigorous, innovative and artist-centered curatorial models. The mix of instructors—artists, scholars, curators, cultural leaders, writers and theorists—is intended to spark new possibilities and connections both intellectually and professionally. Instructors will provide theoretical and practical tools for students to deepen their research methodologies through reading, writing, viewings and discussion.

The ICPP program is firmly rooted in Wesleyan University's commitment to the liberal arts and embodied learning practices. Through a low-residency model, the ICPP asks its students to not only engage with ideas but also to simultaneously put those ideas into practice in their professional lives, developing responsive curatorial practices that address the inter-disciplinary nature of performance work today.

Samuel A. Miller, Founder/Director
Pamela Tatge, Managing Director
Judy Hussie-Taylor, Program Advisor
In partnership with Danspace Project, New York, NY

The ICPP has received leadership support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through ICPP's partnership with Danspace Project. The ICPP also acknowledges American Express, the Asian Cultural Council, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage for their generous contributions.

Above: ICPP students, 2012

Top right: Ralph Lemon (photo by Dan Merlo)