Tom Eccles

Executive director at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard

‘Working in a museum can sometimes seem like a service industry for the wealthy,’ Eccles told The New York Times this year. Sage advice for the plethora of curatorial talent that passes through the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, where Eccles is executive director. Of course, there is wealthy and wealthy, and Eccles was on hand during the weeklong Qatar Creates forum in March, alongside frequent collaborators Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno (with both of whom he advises Maja Hoffmann’s Luma Foundation), to mediate discussions marking the opening of the National Museum of Qatar, by the royal family. Eccles’s big curatorial gig this year however was back in the US, where he is visual arts curator at the Avenue Park Armory, staging an extensive survey of Hito Steyerl’s work, including a new video installation taking aim at America’s gun culture. Which goes to show that, while a realist, Eccles knows art can engage with greater concerns too.