Brian Sholis

I am curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Formerly an editor at Aperture Foundation and Artforum, for more than a decade I have written about contemporary art, photography, landscapes, and history. My first book, Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974, will be published in October by Yale University Press. It accompanies an exhibition of the same name.

I have organized exhibitions, edited anthologies, devised public programs, have written and lectured widely. The institutions, publications, and universities for and with whom I have done this work include the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Aperture, Bookforum, the Village Voice, and the Virginia Quarterly Review; the Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, Bard College, and the California Institute of the Arts; and the Venice Biennale, the Astrup Fearnley Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Moderna Museet, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Photographers’ Gallery.

I have moderated a discussion between a police chief and a civil-rights lawyer, juried international art prizes, lectured on patriotic monuments in WWI-era New York, interviewed experimental musicians and literary scholarshelped conceive an iOS app for a legacy publisher, and taught the American history survey to undergraduates.

Some recent writing: on Norwegian photographer Torbjørn Rødland; on German photographer Jochen Lempert, whose work I exhibited in Cincinnati during 2015–16; on Swedish photographer Mårten Lange; and on Barbara Norfleet’s 1979 book of vernacular photography, The Champion Pig.

I can be reached at and @briansholis.