This event is FREE and open to the public. We encourage anyone and everyone to come and listen to the voices of today’s contemporary art from all over the world. If you choose to attend this event, you will get a discounted ticket to the galleries for the day.
IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, holds its 2022 annual gathering in the U.S. city of Louisville, Kentucky. One of the first cities to be established west of the Appalachian Mountains, the river city of Louisville has become popularly known as the birthplace of Muhammad Ali and the home of the Kentucky Derby. Like most American cities, however, Louisville has historically struggled with issues of systemic racism and poverty, and the murder of Breonna Taylor in 2020, and the ensuing public protests, have brought the city to international attention. It is a context that has called the region to draw upon its established creative traditions to craft a critical and imaginative response to issues of race, difference, and diversity.
Exploring this vital and active visual arts region, the congress will also visit the neighboring cities of Lexington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati, Ohio. The program will include visits to important museums and exhibition spaces in each city, as well as visits to artists’ studios, art school facilities, and two significant private contemporary art collections. The main public event of the Congress is the symposium “Global Appalachia,” which will bring together a diverse range of artists, writers, and curators to consider ideas and concerns of place and home in a regional and global context.
IKT Congress 2022 is being hosted by KMAC Museum of Louisville and is supported by Great Meadows Foundation.