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Curator, Collector, Historian
It’s been said that roughly 10% of all photographs taken in the world since the medium was invented nearly 175 years ago, have been taken in the last year. With this rapid evolution, Catherine has a few perspectives on photography’s changing currency, its mass proliferation, and where its future may be headed.
Catherine Evans joined the Columbus Museum of Art in 1996 as the Curator of Photography and since 2004, also served as the Chief Curator. In 2001 she spearheaded the acquisition of the most significant photography acquisition in the museum’s history – the Photo League collection. Evans was appointed the first William and Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography at the Museum in 2011. It is the museum’s first endowed position. She has directed over 45 exhibitions.
Evans served as author and curator for The Radical Camera: New York’s Photo League, 1936-1951, the collaborative exhibition and book (Yale University Press, 2011) organized by CMA and The Jewish Museum in New York. Debuting in New York last November, The New York Times called the exhibition a “stirring show”, The New Yorker named it one of the top ten shows of 2011, and Time Magazine chose the book as one of its “heavy contenders”. After its Columbus presentation, The Radical Camera travels to San Francisco and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Evans serves on the Executive Board of the Association of Art Museum Curators as Vice President of Governance. Prior to the Columbus Museum of Art, she was an Assistant Curator in the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. Evans received her BA from Williams College.
Curator Catherine Evans gives a historical perspective on photography. Connection, currency, choice, consequence, and context are important to review when examining photos.