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James Crump, Ph.D., is the chief curator of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Dr. Crump is an accomplished curator and writer, and is known for his work with contemporary artists and photographers. As chief curator, Dr. Crump is responsible for managing and building the Cincinnati Art Museum’s photography collection, developing new and interdisciplinary approaches to presenting and interpreting the collection, and he collaborates with other museums and institutions to develop special exhibitions.
Throughout his career Dr. Crump has collaborated with several museums and galleries, including the International Center of Photography and The Drawing Center in New York. He has also worked with a variety of artists, including Ross Bleckner, Lynn Davis, Adam Fuss, and the estates of Willem De Kooning, Garry Winogrand, and Walker Evans. Crump’s work has been widely published, most recently in Archives of American Art Journal for the Smithsonian Museum, Art Review, Art in America, Print, and History of Photography. Dr. Crump has published, edited, and contributed to nearly 100 titles, including Albert Watson (2007), F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal (1995), Vik Muniz: Seeing is Believing (1998), and Garry Winogrand: 1964 (2002).
Most recently, Dr. Crump released the documentary film, Black White + Gray, featuring the influential and legendary 1970s and 1980s photography collector Sam Wagstaff. The film premiered at the 2007 New York-based Tribeca Film Festival and Europe’s Art Basel; it began airing on the Sundance Channel in March 2008. In September 2009, Skira Rizzoli released Dr. Crump's Variety: Photographs by Nan Goldin, which Photo District News deemed one of the notable photography books of the year. In 2010, Hatje Cantz will release Dr. Crump's latest effort, Walker Evans: Decade by Decade.