Welcome to 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 dialogue 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.
Introduced as a pilot initiative in 2011, the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) is the first institute of its kind, a center for the academic study of the presentation and contextualization of contemporary performance. Distinct from graduate programs in Curatorial Studies, Arts Administration, Performance Studies, and the Humanities, ICPP offers its students a graduate-level education in innovative and relevant curatorial approaches to developing and presenting time-based art.
Both the MA and the Certificate Program encourage 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, Co-Founder/Director
Pamela Tatge, Co-Founder
Laura Paul, Interim 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.
View videos here of the panel and keynote address from Curating Performance: In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, ICPP's 2014 Symposium, as well as videos of ICPP alumni speaking about their experience in the program.
Above: ICPP students, 2012
Top: Ralph Lemon (photo by Dan Merlo)