MoMA International Curatorial Institute

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The 2016 Institute participants tour MoMA's exhibition "From the Collection: 1960–1969," pictured here before James Rosenquist's 'F-111,' 1964-65. Photo by Scott Rudd

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2016 MoMA International Curatorial Institute participants. From top, left to right: Emiliano Valdés, Oliver Kase, Jeannette Plaut, James Muriuki, Sarah Meister, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Sebastian Cichocki, Michelle Elligott, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Hui He, Paulina Bravo, Himanshu Kadam. Photo by Scott Rudd

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2015 MoMA International Curatorial Institute participants and staff. From top, left to right: Rita Kersting, Jack Persekian, Jay Levenson, Azu Nwagbogu, Hannah Howe. Koyo Kouoh, Snejana Krasteva, Yasmil Raymond, Katerina Koskina, Sarah Suzuki, Elizabeth Easton, Wang Chunchen. Sarah Lookofsky, Roobina Karode, Inhye Kim, Daniel Muzyczuk. Photo courtesy of MoMA

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2014 MoMA International Curatorial Institute participants. From top, left to right: Jarosław Lubiak, Starr Figura, Magalí Ariola, Meskerem Assegued, Christian Rattemeyer, Clarissa Diniz, Joshua Siegel, Sharon Lerner, Mami Kataoka, Abdellah Karroum, Pi Li. Photo courtesy of MoMA

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Christian Rattemeyer, Harvey S. Shipley Miller Associate Curator of Drawings at MoMA, presents objects from the collection and explains MoMA's acquisition procedures to the cohort. Photo courtesy of MoMA

Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, greets 2014 participants at a roundtable of New York museum directors. Photo courtesy of MoMA

About the Institute

Initiated in 2014, the Center for Curatorial Leadership partners with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on the International Curatorial Institute for Modern and Contemporary Art. Each year a cohort of exceptional modern and contemporary art curators from outside of the United States convene with select MoMA curators for a two-week intensive hosted at the museum. Building upon CCL’s success in training the next generation of museum leaders and expanding MoMA’s long history of international exchange, the program aims to cultivate a global network of collaborative curators and to enrich participants’ capacity to tackle strategic issues facing 21st-century museums.


Participants are selected by the MoMA International Program in conversation with CCL. Questions about participation and eligibility should be directed to and


The Institute’s schedule and curriculum are specific to the needs and interests of curators from international institutions. Participants explore multiple models of leadership, financial management, and institutional alignment with a full schedule of group coursework, tailored individual meetings, formal presentations, collection tours, and roundtable discussions. Professors from Columbia Business School offer a focused curriculum covering central skills, tools, and lessons that frame non-profit management and the cultural sector in a global context. Discussions with MoMA staff and other leaders from the New York cultural community provide rich opportunities to exchange ideas and international perspectives.