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From the vault: Ingrid Schaffner, next Carnegie International Curator!

Congratulations, Ingrid Schaffner, ICA's amazing Senior Curator, who was selected to curate the 2018-19 Carnegie International!  Read more about that here.  And in this 2011 From the Vault podcast (which includes an audio slide show--scroll down!) hear Ingrid on her many and excellent projects, and how she loves to work with artists.


NOTE: This podcast was originally published on Artblog on September 5, 2011

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Ingrid Schaffner. Photo: Constance Mensh

Ingrid Schaffner, ICA’s Senior Curator, has been with the Institute of Contemporary Art for ten years, and in that time she’s created many great exhibitions. Schaffner has a an easy smile, a ready laugh, and an interest in the absurd, from Dali and Dada to more contemporary artists like Richard Artschwager, for whom she worked as an archivist, pre-Philadelphia.  The curator is an art omnivore whose shows range from conceptual artists Barry Le Va and Karen Kilimnik to the whimsical Maira Kalman.  She also organized the Puppet Show, about the influence of puppetry in art, and Queer Voice, about the role of the “queered” or distorted voice in contemporary art.  Her fall show, opening Sept. 7, is Bill Walton’s Studio, in which the late Philadelphia artist’s studio will be recreated in ICA’s Project Space.  Ingrid, who grew up in Pittsburgh, co-founded a zine in the 1990s, Pink. ICA’s Director, Claudia Gould just announced she is leaving ICA to become the Director of the Jewish Museum in New York, but just in case you’re wondering, Schaffner doesn’t want to be ICA’s or any museum’s director, as she tells us in this podcast, recorded on Aug 3. Schaffner’s work — and her passion — is crafting exhibitions, writing about art and artists, and working with artists.

Ingrid Schaffner, in her office at ICA

This episode is edited by Peter Crimmins. The music is by Eric Biondo. The slide show is edited by Artblog Intern Alison McMenamin. Thanks to the Knight Foundation for helping us get the ball rolling on this project. Thanks also to J-Lab‘s Enterprise Reporting Fund and William Penn Foundation for additional support and to our partner WHYY NewsWorks for their ongoing support. You can listen to Artblog Radio on Apple and Spotify.