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IKT Congress - 2019

IKT Congress - 2019

IKT Congress in Miami, FL (April 11-14) with a
Post-Congress in Havana, Cuba (April 15-18)


The registration to the Miami Congress is now closed.
We look forward to seeing many of you in Miami next week!

The IKT Board is delighted to present an overview of our forthcoming IKT Congress organized by IKT Board Member and Miami Beach resident Ombretta Agró Andruff with the IKT Miami Committee and six partner institutions. This will mark the first time in IKT’s 45-year history that our annual convening takes place in the United States and we are excited at the prospect of expanding our network to include curators from the Caribbean, Central and Latin America and across the U.S. The IKT Miami Committee has crafted a 4-day program of visits to independent art spaces, museums and artists’ studios to introduce you to Miami’s cultural eco-system.

Check-in will be available Thursday, April 11, 6:00-8:00pm during a welcome reception at The Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami Beach and continue at 9am, Friday, April 12, at Faena Forum where we will commence the Congress with our Members Forum at 10am. Over the following three days, IKT members and guests will discover Miami’s vibrant contemporary art scene, with stops at the Pérez Art Museum Miami; The Bass Museum of Art; ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; The Fountainhead Residency Program; Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College; the Piero Atchugarry Gallery; as well as private collections, public art tours and ArtCenter/South Florida artists’ studios.

Find here the schedule [PDF].

Find here the IKT Congress flyer [PDF].

The 2019 IKT Symposium planned for Sunday, April 14, explores issues of resilience and sustainability through the lens of cultural production in South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. Organized by IKT independent curator Susan Caraballo, in collaboration with an advisory committee, the symposium will feature art historian and cultural critic T. J. Demos as key note speaker.

Public events designed for networking with the local creative community include a live radio show and podcast with IKT member Cathy Byrd of Fresh Art International at a Miami Beach venue; ‘5-Minute Rounds’, short Pecha-Kucha style presentations by South Florida artists and art professionals, at the Rubell Family Collection; and the Symposium at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

We encourage Congress attendees to submit brief statements of interest to participate in the radio show and/or the live podcast event to This is an opportunity for IKT members to share their practice with our community and the public at large. Submitting a brief proposal might increase your potential to receive grants and travel subsidies via funding institutions in your country of origin. We encourage all IKT members to research these opportunities. The IKT Miami Committee is available to provide invitation letters to assist in the application process (please contact The Radio/Podcast Proposal deadline is January 5, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified no later than January 18, 2019.

The Post-Congress will take place in Havana, Cuba, with an anticipated departure from Miami on Monday April 15. The IKT Miami Committee has been working closely with Havana-based curators and art professionals who are assisting with organizing a rich program for our group. The visit will include local institutions such as the Casa de las Americas, Museo de Bellas Artes and Centro Wifredo Lam as well as artists’ studios. The Havana Biennial will open the weekend prior to our arrival so we will visit several special projects organized in conjunction with this event.

Flight reservations from Miami to Havana and retour and accommodations in Havana will be handled by the IKT Miami Committee. Please refer to registration form for further details. The IKT group will return to Miami Thursday, April 18. Our goal is to reserve a morning or early afternoon flight, to enable travelers heading to Europe to continue their journey the same day. Please refer to the registration form for details about costs associated with the Post-Congress and other pertinent details.

When filling in the registration form, you will notice that enrollment in the Congress and Post-Congress will only be accepted from members with a complete membership payment record up to 2019 (we will trace back payments to 2017). New members must have paid for 2018 and 2019. Please note that there is a mandatory non-refundable registration fee of € 20,00 for the Congress plus € 100,00 for the Post-Congress. Also take note that there will be a maximum of 100 spaces available for the Congress and 40 for the Post-Congress. We encourage everyone interested in participating to register early!

We are thrilled to announce that the IKT Miami Committee was able to secure funding to increase the number of Harald Szeemann Grants, as well as provide Miami Accommodation Grant that will cover 4 night-stay in the Riviera South Beach Hotel, our partner hotel in Miami Beach. In addition, a limited number of Harald Szeemann Havana Grants will cover all expenses associated with the Post-Congress, including round-trip travel from Miami, accommodation and meals. You will find links to all grant application forms and grant guidelines also on the registration form.
Application deadline for all grants is December 31, 2018. All grantees will be notified no later than January 18, 2019.

We are very much looking forward to this IKT Congress in Miami, FL, and hope to see you there in April!

The IKT Board

The IKT Miami Congress is supported by
the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority, Greater Miami Visitor & Convention Bureau, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami and Oolite Arts,
with additional support from
the Art in Public Places Trust, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Media partners: Cultured Magazine and Fresh Art International.

List of recommended Hotels in Miami Beach:
IKT Official Partner Hotel:
• The Riviera South Beach Hotel, 318 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (
Please click on this link for a discounted rate for IKT Congress Attendees. Select the dates (April 11-12-13-14) on the calendar and you will automatically receive a 20% discount.

The Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL, 33140, US

The Plymouth, 334 21st St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Albion South Beach, 1650 James Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Please note that all bus pick-ups and drop-offs will be from the Riviera South Beach Hotel, 318 20th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Practical information:

Weather: The average temperature in Miami in April ranges between 19 and 28 °C (67F and 83F). Humidity should be low and rain is rare, however we suggest bringing umbrellas/rain coats. Please note that the air conditioning indoor may be quite high so bring something to keep you warm. The temperature in Havana may be slightly warmer, between 23 and 28 °C (73F to 83F).

Currency: Credit cards are accepted almost anywhere in the US, and there are many ATMs throughout the city to retrieve cash. Call your bank before leaving to make sure you notify the credit card company of your upcoming travels to the US. Cuba is still mostly a cash country. It is best to exchange Euros (not US Dollars) to the Cuban convertible dollar in Cuba as it will not be possible prior to arrival. Most expenses will be covered during the Post-Congress. However, we recommend approximately 200 Euros for basic additional expenses you might incur.

Transportation from the airport: We recommend flying into Miami International Airport. We recommend taking an Uber/Lyft from the airport (approx. $20 USD, possibly less if shared ride). If neither of the car sharing services is an option, yellow cabs are approx. $35 USD to Miami Beach. The Fort Lauderdale airport is over one hour away and there is no public transportation/train connecting to Miami Beach. Transportation to and from Fort Lauderdale airport is available via Uber/Lyft for approximately $60 USD.

Public Transportation: Public transportation connecting Miami and Miami Beach is not very reliable, however there is a free trolley system in Miami Beach that is available. Click here for more information and maps.

Uber/Lyft: The car sharing services are the easiest and most economical way to travel around town. We recommend downloading both apps (where possible) prior to your arrival to the US. In order to log in you will need to connect to the local networks, please check with your mobile phone service provider about international plans. Taxis are an option but are usually more expensive, however they take credit cards. A tip of 10-15% is standard for a taxi ride.

Tips: A 15-20% tip is standard at bars and restaurants.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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