Program ICRP LECTURES Diana C. Betancourt

Diana C. Betancourt
May 25, 2016,  7:00pm

The Mistake Room's International Curatorial Research Program (ICRP) advances our mission as Los Angeles's international contemporary art space. Envisioned as a long-term and sustainable commitment to our local community of artists and creative practitioners, the ICRP brings curators to Los Angeles for short-term residencies.  During their visit, participating curators conduct studio visits, participate in professional meetings, or deliver a public lecture that introduces our audiences to their work and the contexts in which they practice. This initiative aims to generate a tangible global network of collaborative institutional exchanges while helping broadly expand opportunities for Los Angeles artists abroad. 

Our Spring 2016 participant in the ICRP Curator is Diana C. Betancourt, Artistic Director, Samdani Art Foundation, and Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit.


Diana C. Betancourt is a Los Angeles-born curator based in Mumbai who has been working across South Asia since 2010. She is the Artistic Director of the Samdani Art Foundation in Dhaka and the Chief Curator of the Dhaka Art Summit. Betancourt's research interests lie in rethinking cross-cultural encounters in public space, and rethinking what public space might mean. In addition to running the Foundation’s exhibitions and international exchange programs, she is building the Samdani Art Foundation collection ahead of the opening of a permanent space in Sylhet, Bangladesh, slated for 2018. Betancourt has collaborated with sculpture parks around the world contributing to new commissions of Indian art at institutions including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, deCordova Sculpture Park, and Wånas Konst. Betancourt co-curated Energy Plus, the Mumbai City Pavilion for the 9th Shanghai Biennale and was a curatorial advisor for the 2015 New Museum Triennial in New York. Betancourt is a Henry Moore Institute Fellow for 2015-2016, curator-in-residence at the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne and a research fellow at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum for 2016.

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