Samuel Dylan Ewing
Samuel Dylan Ewing is a curator and scholar who works to craft histories of art and photography that communicate the role visual culture plays in the creation of liberatory knowledge. His research takes seriously the lessons of solidarity embedded in photographic images, from their moments of production to their modes of distribution, circulation and reception. Those lessons show how visual practices can bind communities together in our intersecting fights for a better world, free from all forms of oppression.
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Samuel Dylan Ewing recently served as the Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he curated shows such as Photography and Memory and Waiting for Tear Gas. Ewing’s research focuses on the intersection of documentary practices and socially engaged art throughout the modern period. His current book project, Instructive Documents: Conceptual Art, Documentary and Political Education in the San Diego Group, examines how documentary became both an aesthetic and a pedagogical tool favored by politically committed artists of the 1970s. Ewing’s scholarship has been published in American Art, History of Photography and Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, among other outlets.
Ewing has seven years of instructional, curatorial and scholarly experience at institutions throughout the northeastern and southern U.S.