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Past event

Curatorial Conundrums: Ideals and Compromises—William A Ewing

18 April 2017
Canadian curator and writer on photography, William A Ewing draws on several recent photography exhibitions to talk about how the curator moves from a ‘Platonic’ ideal (the ‘perfect’ exhibition) to the messy reality of compromises.

William A Ewing was Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York, and between 1996 and 2010, Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne. Since 2010, he has worked as a curator for two foundations: the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis and Lausanne; and the Fondation Carène, Switzerland. He is also currently Director of Curatorial Projects for Thames & Hudson, London.

Ewing’s exhibitions have been shown at many major museums in America, Europe and Asia, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Hayward Gallery, the Barbican Art Gallery, Somerset House and the Serpentine Gallery, London; the Kunsthaus Zürich; the Folkwang Museum, Essen; the National Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Art Gallery of Ontario; and the Setagaya Museum, Tokyo.

Ewing’s books include many monographs and thematic books, including The Body; The Face, and most recently, Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography and Edward Burtynsky: Essential Elements. Since 2010, Ewing has been an Officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters. In 2016, he was given the Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Service to Photography. He lives in Lausanne, Switzerland, and works between there and London.