New Hire: Adam Ryan


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What is your official title, and what are some of your general responsibilities? 

I’m the new curatorial assistant for the photography department. Along with the normal day-to-day activities, I’m primarily assisting with a large exhibition planned for 2014—a definitive retrospective of the photographer Duane Michals.

What were you doing before joining us at CMOA?  

Before being hired at CMOA, I was wrapping up my Master’s degree at George Eastman House, in Rochester, NY. It’s a collaborative program, connecting GEH and Ryerson University in Toronto. It’s a very unique degree with a long title: Photographic Preservation & Collections Management. Before that, I studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

What’s your favorite exhibition that you saw this past year (at any museum/event)?

That’s a hard one. There were so many good shows this year. I’d say one of these: Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard, at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; Weegee: Murder Is My Business, at the International Center of Photography in New York; and William Wegman: Hello Nature, at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in Brunswick, Maine.

If you could steal one artwork from our collection, what would it be?

Eclipse, by Eugène Atget

1025236.900x900Eugène Atget, Eclipse, 1912, gelatin silver print. Gift of L. Bradley Camp.

Describe Pittsburgh in five words or less.

It’s much cleaner than Philly.

Favorite timewasters?

Making work of my own when I get the chance—and billiards. And this.